Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MENU Wed 8/18 to Tue 8/24

Experiments Galore!
Watermelon Dressing, Soda-Based Barbecue Sauce, and Carrot Muffins

I'm excited about all the fruit in this week's delivery from The Produce Box! As you may have seen in Raleigh's Sunday Paper, The Produce Box is a local Community Supported Agriculture group that provides a box of farm-fresh, local fruits and vegetables right to my door. Talk about convenient!! To find a CSA near you, check out LocalHarvest.org.

This week, I received:

  • Roma Tomatoes (3 lb)
  • 5 Peaches (2.5 lb)
  • Scuppernong Grapes (1.5 lb)
  • Red Potatoes (2 lb)
  • Watermelon, seedless personal size
  • Sprite Melon
  • 2 Banana Sweet Peppers

Last week's Muscadine Grape Hull Pie turned out great! It reminds me of blackberry pie, probably due to the tart but sweet flavor. The recipe calls for 5 cups of grapes. Post-munching, I had about 3. So, I just used about half of the remaining pie filling ingredients, and it still worked well. Give it a try this week!

If you're looking for more recipes for produce currently in season, check out justrighmenus.com - there, you'll find all the recipes from this year's The Produce Box newsletter. 


Here's the Week's Menu: 

WED 8/18 -  Something New  Italian Breaded Pork ChopsTomato Pie, and salad topped with Watermelon Basil Vinaigrette. When I first came across the recipe, I was not yet willing to sacrifice any watermelon as dressing fodder. I think my craving has subsided enough to allow it at this point.

...and Bagels, too! After the baby's in bed, I'll start work on bagels. I've never made them before... I'll keep you posted. Please comment with any bagel-making advice you have!

Moroccan Chicken and Lentils
THU 8/19 - Super-Quick Meal  All in one hour: feed the baby, make dinner, eat dinner, and get ready to leave for the evening. Ready, Set, GO! Fortunately, we have leftover Moroccan Chicken and Lentils from Monday. I also froze some leftovers, so you'll see it on the menu one more time. It turned out fairly bland, though topping it with Tzatsiki Sauce helped. I'll dice up the sweet pepper from this week's box and mix it in to the leftovers, too.
 
More Quick Meal Ideas:

Summertime Pasta Salad
FRI 8/20 - Fishy Friday  Crunchy Oven-Fried Fish, Summertime Pasta Salad, and Steamed Corn

SAT 8/21 - Soda Barbecue Experiment  Using the Simply Recipes Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce recipe, I'm going to make one batch with Coke, one with root beer, and one with (of course) Dr. Pepper. We're having baby back ribs (I've begged a friend for their fabulous recipe) slathered with said barbecue sauce, Skillet Corn Bread Pudding, and salad with more of the Watermelon Dressing.

Tasty Tomatoes: If you're looking for how to use big, ripe tomatoes, check out Spiced Lamb Stuffed Tomatoes. Also, Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes would make a great side-dish to any meal. or you could check out this great dish, which also uses fresh new potatoes. Make it a vegetarian meal, or add some chicken.

SUN 8/22 - Trade-off: Shrimp and Peaches  Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs, Corn Pudding - made with fresh corn, and Peach Cobbler. My sweet husband doesn't really like peaches, so I have held off making it, not wanting to do something special when it's just for me. But I can no longer take the temptation. It's August, and there are peaches everywhere! I give in. I shall appease him with shrimp. 

Don't forget the weekly muffins! Corn pudding only partly uses a can of evaporated milk, so I'll use the rest in this week's muffins. The great carrot muffin experiment continues! Last week's muffins were too nutmeg-heavy and too cake-like for me. Once I have a winning recipe, I'll share it with you.   

MON 8/23 - More Grilling!  Honey-Teriyaki Chicken (using store-bought Honey-Teriyaki Marinade, then grilled), Roasted Red Potatoes using garlic instead of rosemary, and sauteed broccoli.

TUE 8/24 - Baby Experiment  We're going to try to take Rosie out to a restaurant. Plan B: Pasta w/ meatballs from the freezer and canned sauce.

A Couple Fresh, Fun Summer Meal Ideas: 

Salad Trio: Cucumber, Shrimp, and Corn Salads
Share your successful experiments on justrightmenus.com or as a comments here - I'd love to try them! 

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - 
just good food from fresh ingredients. 
- - Julia Child

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