Things are pretty exciting around our house this week. In addition to the regular members of the household (my husband Frank, my 85 year old father (Ray) and me) we have been joined by my older son, his wife, their two boys (ages 3 and 5) and of course they had to bring the dog all the way from Atlanta. In a few days my younger son and his girlfriend will arrive. With a cat.
As you might guess, I have more on my plate than vegetables this week. So I have arranged for some reinforcements to help me out with the blog. Frank will be posting on Wednesday about tomato juice - past and present. My friend and Featherstone CSA member Bonnie Prinsen will be writing on Thursday and my New York sister (and member of a Brooklyn CSA) will take over on Friday and I will be back again Saturday morning with a post on Gazpacho. Hope you enjoy the variety.
This week's menu ideas and recipes will be short and sweet. Sometimes it is fun to take all day to prepare an elegant dinner party and try complicated new recipes. Sometimes you just need to get something on the table.
Menu ideas for this week (items marked with an asterisk have recipes below)
My favorite summer meal - Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches on toast, corn on the cob, coleslaw*, cucumber salad*. And a big cold glass of milk. If you are feeling ambitious, use homemade bread and homemade mayo for the sandwiches. Use really high end bacon along with your excellent Featherstone tomato. Find some really nice homegrown leaf lettuce. Voila. A Rolls Royce of a BLT. When dinner is done, go for a walk and get an ice cream cone someplace. Life is good.
Simple cabbage stir fry - Make sure you use fresh ginger and garlic along with the sliced cabbage. About half a cabbage should serve four. (Save the other half for making coleslaw) Add some onion, bell pepper and a little carrot too if you have some. Use your favorite stir fry meat or other protein if you wish. I think some roasted peanuts would be nice with this dish. Serve with rice. And iced tea.
Who needs clams when you have sweet corn? - Potato corn chowder*, good bread, cucumber salad*.
Pizza doesn't always have to be red - Caramelized onion pizza*. This rich pizza would be good served with a crunchy and tart salad - maybe thinly sliced fennel with sliced oranges and a simple vinaigrette. Or grated raw beets and apples with horseradish and yogurt.
Cherry tomatoes aren't just for salad anymore - Italian salami or proscuitto, angel hair pasta with roasted cherry tomato sauce*, cucumber salad, French or Italian bread
Throw something on the grill - Grilled meat, homemade potato salad* or sliced potatoes cooked on the grill in little foil packets with some onion, butter, salt and pepper, coleslaw*
Cole slaw - see post for July 24
Cucumber salad - See post for July 29
Potato salad - see post for July 10
Corn chowder - Serves 4-6
1/4 pound bacon or pancetta
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
3 cups corn - cut fresh from cob
1 1/2 cups diced potatoes
about 3 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
Cook bacon or pancetta until crisp. Set aside meat. Saute onion and peppers in fat remaining in pan until soft. Add potatoes and corn and about 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, turn down and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add milk, dill and seasonings. Gently heat. Serve with bacon or pancetta as a garnish. (Note as with most soups, you can vary the amounts of various ingredients according to your preference and what you have on hand.)
Caramelized Onion Pizza
|Caramelized onions - the beginning|
|Caramelized onions - the middle|
|Caramelized onions - the end|
Roasted cherry tomato sauce for pasta
Wash and stem a pint of cherry tomatoes. Mix with about 2 T. olive oil. You also can add a few handfuls of chopped onion or about a dozen cloves of garlic. Mix well and spread on a baking sheet. No need to cut tomatoes in half. You can leave them whole. Bake at 400 degrees about 30 minutes - or until tomatoes and onions or garlic are lightly colored and soft. Scrape tomatoes and other ingredients into a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Add herbs to taste - thyme or rosemary would be excellent. Some Mediterranean type black olives would be good added to this sauce. Add a bit more olive oil and a 1/3 cup or so of pasta cooking water to the tomatoes.
Toss with cooked pasta - such as angel hair. If desired, serve with some grated Parmesan cheese.