Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MENU Wed 6/30 through TUE 7/6

My Produce Delivery Came!

In this week's produce box, I received 6 ears of corn, 6 peaches, a personal watermelon, a Sprite melon, 1 bell pepper, 3 red tomatoes, and 1 green tomato. All the new recipes from this week's Produce Box newsletter are posted on, in their own category.

I'll be using some of the peaches in Fresh Peach Mango Salsa for snacking during the week. If you receive The Produce Box and are looking for a fun way to use some jalapenos and peaches, give it a try!

By the way, last week's Grilled BBQ Chicken Legs came out great! I've posted a new, separate recipe for grilling them, as the prior recipe was for baking them in the oven.

Here's the week's menu:

WED 6/30 - As planned last week (and provided the rain holds off), we're grilling hamburgers. I'm testing a recipe for our Happy Fourth on the Tenth Party. We'll also have Steamed Corn on the Cob, and Pasta Salad. I'll slice up some watermelon for dessert.

THU 7/1 - Taco Salads, with chicken breast rather than ground beef. Include fresh corn and green pepper from The Produce Box. We'll try some of the Fresh Peach Mango Salsa on the tacos also. More watermelon for dessert, if there's any left. Soon, I'll try out this recipe for Watermelon Basil Vinaigrette... but I'm enjoying my first watermelon of the season plain!

FRI 7/2 - Tilapia, cooked with more of those great fresh bell peppers. I'm trying out this Caribbean-Style Tilapia recipe. Serve with Black Beans & Yellow Rice and Roasted Corn with Shallot Vinaigrette. Last week, I over-cooked the corn ; I'm giving it another try. Watch the clock when you make that recipe!
I'm using my green tomato to try out Paula Deen's Green Tomato Cake. Hey, if Paula Deen says it's good, it's a least worth a try, right?

SAT 7/3 - Pork Stir Fry, using onion, green pepper, and 2 more veggies (I'll run by the State Farmer's Market for more green pepper and a couple more veggies for the Stir Fry). Serve with jasmine rice.
To cool us off in the afternoon, I'll make Summer Smoothies, substituting strawberries for raspberries, as I have some in the freezer (I stocked up while they were in season). I already can't wait for next spring's boxes from The Produce Box, just to get more berries!

SUN 7/4 - Grilled Porterhouse, Shrimp and Black Bean Salad, and bread served w/ Olive Oil & Bread-Dipping Spices, and (of course, since I have lots of great tomatoes) Tomato Pie.
I'll use green pepper and red, ripe tomatoes from The Produce Box in the salad, substituting garden tomatoes for cherry/grape tomatoes.

MON 7/5 - Grilled Chicken Thighs, Grilled Corn, leftover Shrimp and Black Bean Salad.

TUE 7/6 - Savory Peach Chicken served over jasmine rice.

You may notice some recipe repeats in my menus... when a produce item is in season, I take advantage of its quality and price. If you see, for example, too much Tomato Pie on my menus, please comment with your favorite tomato recipe as an alternative. And, don't forget to post the recipe on!

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you've got to have a, "What the hell?" attitude." - - Julia Child

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