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On 6/21/2021 at 7:45 PM, saf said:

I would be really happy to eat at your house.

Aww. Thanks. Your house sounds like a pretty good destination its own self:).

Sorry about the fridge problems. From my experience last year with the frozen huge amount of romaine, it really does work well in lettuce soup. Now, if you're not looking to make soup, that's not the best outcome, but it does produce respectable soup.

The best thing I made this week was garlic scape pesto. Yowza. I also turned the meat sauce I had previously made into sauce for rigatoni. I just love pasta in all forms.

Monday
Mixed greens + radicchio, hard-boiled eggs, craisins, feta or blue cheese; ranch
Sourdough and Harbison cheese
Pita chips and hummus
Garlic scape pesto sauce with pistachios and corn off the cob over ravioli

Tuesday
Toasted sourdough and hummus or butter
Crispy Tofu With Cashews and Blistered Snap Peas (NYT)
Leftover couscous plus squash, etc.

Wednesday
Leftover tofu, cashews, and snap peas
Rum and orange marinated pork tenderloin
Sautéed kale and cremini mushrooms

Thursday
Salad (mixed lettuces, tomato, radicchio, feta or blue cheese; ranch)
Rigatoni with spicy meat sauce
Steamed broccoli

Friday
Red leaf lettuce, cucumber, radishes, grape tomatoes; feta or blue cheese; vinaigrette
Sourdough and butter
Leftover tofu, cashews, and snap peas
Leftover pork + kale + boiled potato
Leftover broccoli

 

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On 6/25/2021 at 5:51 PM, Pat said:

Sorry about the fridge problems. From my experience last year with the frozen huge amount of romaine, it really does work well in lettuce soup. Now, if you're not looking to make soup, that's not the best outcome, but it does produce respectable soup.

Sadly, I do not like lettuce soup. I have a friend/former boss who loves lettuce soup, and I understand her lettuce soup is good. But I hate it. So, not for me. The frozen lettuce became compost, and maybe more lettuce will grow because of it.

So, tonight - it's Sunday and we were not at a ballgame. So, it's grill night! A porterhouse, rubbed with "butcher's rub" spice mix. Asparagus (the last of the season). Yellow squash. Carrots. Corn (the first of the season!). Salad. Dinner rolls. Later, ice cream. I made the delicious chocolate raspberry ice cream. Subbed in some black cocoa powder for 1/3 of the regular dutch cocoa powder, so I expect it to be extra dark, which is the boy's favorite thing, extra dark chocolate. I don't love dark chocolate, except.... I love oreos, I love "Famous Chocolate Wafers," and I love dark chocolate ice cream. I just don't like dark chocolate bars. So I am looking forward to this.

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I tried a new recipe tonight, and was quite pleased. So there was salad, and dinner rolls, and Pork Chops with Peaches. That was so very tasty! (Although, since I have a large shelf full of spice mixes, rather than mixing up another, I used one intended for pork.) Later, ice cream.

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I sautéed garlic, onion, and red bell pepper with olive oil, salt and pepper, and then added some broccoli florettes and a couple of chopped up plum tomatoes. Meanwhile, I cooked up some Trader Joe’s refrigerated cheese ravioli, which is a great convenience product that cooks in about five minutes. After I drained the ravioli I tossed it with the vegetables, and added some chili flake. Then I topped it with grated Parmesan cheese. A very colorful dish!

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Another new recipe. I saw this on the NYT cooking app, and we HAD to try it. So we did. Plus salad.  Later, ice cream.

So, "Oven Fries With Tahini Yogurt and Smoky-Sweet Nuts" will get made again. Was quite tasty. We made the full amount of the nut and tahini toppings, and used about 2/3 of it on a half amount of the potatoes. We both like extra glop. Had to do a bit of shopping to make this - lost the tahini, which was getting old anyhow, in the tragedy of the fridge.  So I took kibbehnaya's (I think I have spelled that incorrectly) advice and when we went to Mediterranean  Bakery, we also stopped at Mediterranean Gourmet. Got the peppers and a jar of lovely tahini between the 2 places. No more supermarket tahini from now on!

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I had beef Tinga in the freezer, and as hurricane season worsens, I am trying to trim down what is in the freezer in case we lose power. Therefore, beef Tinga tacos! Plus mango chunks. It’s mango season here. They’re super cheap. 

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So, ran up to see the parents this weekend. Saw them, 1 sister (and her husband and 1 of their kids), and my brother. Didn't get to go out. Helped with the parental cooking. (They are aging.)

But now we are home. And last night, we just ate random snack stuff, because after driving all day, who wants to cook?

Tonight, we worked on getting rid of fridge stuff, and so, we ate bruschetta. Well, kinda.  I got a baguette, and we sliced it, and brushed the slices with olive oil, and then topped the slices with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Then basil leaves, which are going nuts in their pots in the back yard. Also salad.

For dessert, we tried the cake pops that my niece made and sent back with us. I liked the frosting. The boy liked them all. I would have liked them, were it not for the coconut. Oh well. So I had some of the cookies I bought for road snacks on the way back - maple cream sandwiches. They were good.

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Thursday was leftover buffet.

Frittata tonight. Got some very young gouda, fennel, onion, sweet red pepper and had a tasty frittata. Also, salad. Later, raspberry chocolate ice cream with raspberries on top. Oh, and there were black raspberries at the farm market, so there were black raspberries on the salad.

I really love raspberries. REALLY.

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Salad. Grilled cheese. Soup. But... watermelon came in this week at the farm market! So the soup was watermelon gazpacho. The grilled cheese was pimento goat cheese on italian bread. It was tasty. Black raspberries on the salad again. (I am annoyed at the bread. Apparently it is a new recipe this week. Very tasty, but dries out a lot faster than the old recipe. I want the old recipe back.)

Then, raspberry chocolate ice cream with extra raspberries on top again. I like raspberries, and got quite a few this weekend. 

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The boy did not get to grill this weekend. So, tonight was grill night. Chicken thighs, yellow squash, carrots, corn, experimental halloumi (quite tasty). Salad. Later, ice cream with raspberries!

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My neighbor is doing me a huge favor and in return I told her I would cook any dish she desired. She asked for Cuban Picadillo. Easy. Soften some garlic, onions, and bell peppers in oil and then brown up a lot of ground beef. After the beef is browned, add tomato sauce and the seasonings, which for her were cumin, coriander, S&P and smoked paprika (no heat, per request). Let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Near the end add roughly chopped green olives. Some recipes also call for raisins (yuk) and/or diced potatoes. She wanted neither. 
I had a half of a bell pepper in the refrigerator, so I stuffed some of the Picadillo into a bell pepper and wrapped it up and froze it for later. 
 

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Help? I have a basil-plosion in the backyard, and need ideas. I am already making pizza next week, and roasted red pepper soup, so some will go on top of both of those.

I don't love pesto, although he does, so there will be some of that. Anyone got other ideas on a good way to use a LOT of basil?

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