Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22 - 26

Oh, it's happening already... this week, I spend pretty much every day in school-related meetings and such. And so the zombie-like state of sitting in meetings all day will be encasing my head in the evenings. So the key word is simple.

We were up north this weekend, and so dinner tonight was take-out from our newest pizza place -- Happy's Pizza. The main focus tonight is unpacking the car and making sure there's clean, appropriate clothes available for the week.

Monday - Thursday

I haven't worked out the schedule for the week yet, but these are the options. We'll see how the week goes to decide when to have what:
a. Portobella mushroom ravioli (got it at the farmer's market a few weeks ago, and it's been waiting in the fridge. It came from Pasta e' Pasta, from Chesterfield, MI.)
b. Burgers. Alan and Rachel made some with pretzel rolls a few weeks back, and posted a photo on their blog. I've been craving pretzel rolls ever since, and so bought some and stuck them in the freezer so we'd have them around for times like this!
c. Mesquite Creek: Phil's newspaper ran a 2 for 1 coupon, and it expires soon. So we hope to get out there sometime this week and eat some yummy dinner.
d. Using-up-random-veggies-from-the-garden salad. Need I say more? Maybe there will be bread with it.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

August 15 - 19

Since I'm sort of heading back to school this week (I plan to go in, drop off some stuff, measure my new area and then leave quickly again) I figured I should sort of head back into dinner routines too. We've found that, lately, planning on the fly means lots of little pizzas made on naan. Lovely, but something that's becoming more of a stand-by and less of a little treat.

Here's what I'm thinking for my sort-of plan:

Grilled chicken breasts with barbecue sauce
Salad with sauteed mushrooms and roasted red pepper (I have about half a jar left of my original batch from last summer... The green and purple peppers are all over the farmers' markets right now, so I know the red ones should be here soon. Then I can make some more. Much more. For now, I need to be okay with finishing this last jar.)
Corn on the cob

Chilled tomato soup (from Simply Organic by Jesse Ziff Cool):
3 lbs ripe, juicy tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
1 c basil leaves
1/4 c olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
sugar (optional)

Puree veggies and basil until smooth. Strain if you wish for a more refined soup. Add oil, juice, cumin, turmeric. Season w/ salt, pepper, sugar to taste. Chill.

With this, we'll have roasted corn and goat cheese quesadillas. Like a summer version of tomato soup and grilled cheese.

Huevos Rancheros. We'll add some chorizo to the beans.

Fenton Farm Market is today. I'll probably just cook some of what I buy there. I'm betting a salad will be involved.

Have a good week!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Crazy Carrots!

Went to pick more of the crazy carrots yesterday. We have so many this year! I went to, a great site that has directions for preserving all kinds of stuff, to get confirmation that you can, in fact, freeze carrots... and then I opened my birthday present: a Food Saver!

I documented the whole experience:

Some of the crazy carrots I picked

I think they might be mutants

G0 Food Saver Go! There is NO air left in that package. I plan to vacuum-seal all kinds of things...

Monday, August 9, 2010

A tiny little bit of a menu

It is August, after all. So we can't plan too far in advance. But we sat down yesterday and made a 2 day plan, which felt very organized of us.

Sunday night dinner:

Venison burgers (with minced garlic and onion, chile sauce, salt and pepper mixed in) with sauteed mushrooms and onions on top
Corn on the cob (from our garden! First two ears! Woot woot!)
Crazy cole slaw...

I wanted some baby carrots from the garden. Love to saute them, they're so tiny and sweet. But I've been gone for a few weeks, and the carrots have gone mutant on us in that time. So I was pulling some really big carrots, some person-shaped carrots, some zig-zag shaped carrots -- not the sweet little things I could easily saute whole. So we thought on our feet, and shredded the carrots, a zucchini, and half an onion. We got some broccoli from the garden and chopped it really small, then mixed it all together with some mayo, white balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. It was a pretty good cole slaw!

Salad with sliced red onion, red bell pepper and grilled scallops. I think I'll grill a couple peaches too, but not sure whether I'll put them on the salad or just have them as a side dish.

And yummy bread.

So there's our mini-plan. I like it.

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