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Various Eats from our “Staycation”

In Dinner, Seasonal Eating on July 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Back from our first ever “Staycation” and I have to say, it was very relaxing and I am definitely looking forward to part II in mid-August.  I had said that I wasn’t planning on cooking at all but I did anyway.  Everything was just so chill that a few quick meals just happened.  I made Thursday night pizza night and did Summer Squash Pizza.

SSPizzaI felt this pizza just called out for grilling and so I used the grill pan and finished it off in the oven.  I featured fresh yellow squash from Hickory Lane Farm and tomatoes from my very own container garden.  Light, fresh and super summery.

Friday was spent in Baltimore watching and eating fish and then back home on Saturday for a day at the pool and evening BBQ with my husband’s parents.  I didn’t want to be doing anything in the kitchen during the heat of the day and so I chose to make a couple of cold sides and marinate some flank steak to grill.  The result: Korean Barbecued Flank Steak with Hot and Sour Slaw Salad (served as a sandwich on fresh sesame seed rolls) and a side of California Roll Salad (#21).  The link to the salad features 100 other great summer salads besides #21.  Oh, and I decided that we needed to “get our drink on” and Bon Appetit Magazine was more than happy to oblige with directions for a “tipsy Arnold Palmer” – Sweet Tea with Vodka and Lemonade.  Let’s just say, this is going to be a staple in my fridge for the rest of the summer!

I’m looking for inspirational cucumber salads and corn salads, so please feel free to leave me links.


Chicken Shawarma with homemade Tzatziki

In Dinner, Seasonal Eating on July 19, 2009 at 1:43 am

Would you believe I forgot to take pictures until half the food was gone from my plate?  That’s what company and good bottle of wine will do to the brain.  Let me create a picture of the meal for you – here’s the recipe for the chicken and for the tzatziki.  Imagine if you will, chicken skewers that have been marinating in curry and cumin for for hours, grilled and then placed on flat bread with fresh romaine lettuce and heirloom tomato slices.  Top it with rich, garlicky yogurt sauce and enjoy.  I know I did, I’m still tasting the garlic.  There was a neat little vegetable salad recipe that accompanied the chicken recipe that I would definitely make again.  It featured bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, and red onion with parsley and a red wine vinegar dressing.  Silly me forgot that one of our guests doesn’t really eat vegetables (that guest being a 3o-something father) so much of the meal was lost on him but overall, the meal was enjoyed by all present.  One final thing, a giant shout out to fresh from the farm garlic – I am officially spoiled rotten!

Peach, Prosciutto, and Goat-Cheese Pizza

In Dinner, Seasonal Eating on July 18, 2009 at 12:40 am

peach pizza

It was too hot to turn on the oven for more than a few minutes tonight, so I had planned to grill outside but a torrential rain put the kibosh on that plan.  I took out the grill pan and grilled the dough for this pizza, topped it accordingly, and put it under the broiler for a few minutes.   The toppings didn’t stay on all that well when the slices were picked up but the taste was spot on – I just love warm stone fruits and adding prosciutto and goat cheese made it heavenly.

Pies and More-Vegetable-Than-Egg Frittata

In Dinner, Seasonal Eating on July 17, 2009 at 1:35 am



I had to figure out something to do with some of the peaches from yestrday’s market (they got a little bruised) so, I went to the Fannie Farmer cookbook and found a recipe for peach turnovers.  They featured a sour cream dough which was totally the wrong recipe to try on a day as hot as today.  Maybe if I had a marble slab in my kitchen, I could have worked with the dough but since I don’t it didn’t work.  I went to the fridge and dragged out a roll of crecent dough and turned that into circles to make handpies.  Then, I used a little of the dough and make tartlets out of it.  I’d like to attempt these again, maybe in the winter months (with apples??).


Since my husband was out with his dad for dinner tonight, I was on my own for dinner.  This was a grand opportunity to clean out the fridge.  Peppers, squash, onions, potatoes, broccoli – all of it went into frying pan with some eggs and Parmesan (guided by this recipe).  This was so good and made me very happy – and not that much cleanup.  Score!!!!

Grilled Vegetables with Mixed Greens and Blue Cheese Dressing

In Dinner, Seasonal Eating on July 15, 2009 at 12:58 am


Tonight was the perfect night for grilling (according to my husband) – nice and cool so standing in front of the grill was no big deal.  This recipe features many of the beautiful vegetables available this time of year.  I chose to omit the fennel (just not a fennel fan) and the mushrooms (for my husband as payment for services rendered).  I added grilled eggplant, used Vidalia onions, and regular beets instead of baby beets.  Then, there is the dressing – my husband declared that he could take a bath in it, he liked it so much.  I wouldn’t go that far but it was definitely a highlight of the meal.  Shout out to Claire for inviting me back to her house last night after mahjong to pick lettuce – can’t get much fresher than that. 

Is there one food that you love so much, you’d want to take a bath/swim in?

Vegetable Ribbon Pasta

In Dinner, Seasonal Eating on July 14, 2009 at 2:29 am


This recipe would have been a lot easier if I still had a mandolin but I’ve got a halfway decent vegetable peeler so I made do.  I really liked the flavors and it was very easy to put together for a R.R. meal (one pot, one pan).   Pappardelle is one of my favorite pastas, probably because the texture is so much like egg noodles. 

Any other suggestions for pappardelle out there?

kebab, kebap, kabab, kebob, kabob, kibob, kebhav, kephav

In Dinner on July 13, 2009 at 1:27 am


However you spell them, kebabs are certainly good eating.  Tonight’s grill featured two kinds; vegetable and sausage.  Again, my husband got to play master of the grill and we had a dinner that required almost no clean-up. 

How do you spell “kebab”?

Coffee-Rubbed Cheeseburgers

In Dinner on July 12, 2009 at 12:38 am


Meat + caffeine = tonight’s dinner.  Left off the bacon, changed the kind of cheese, and took the bottled-bbq sauce route.  Still tasty though and my husband got to be grill master so a good time was had by all.  More burgers are in our future with my grocery shopping purchase of three pounds of ground turkey, so stay tuned folks.

Any burger recipes you’d like to share?

Pizza with Squash Blossoms

In Dinner, Seasonal Eating on July 11, 2009 at 12:35 am

SB Pizza

Squash blossoms + pizza?  That’s what I Googled and this is one of the recipes that came up.  I’d always wanted to work with squash blossoms and here was the chance to incorporate them into our Friday pizza night.  Sadly, I think I missed what is so exciting about them.  Maybe it was the pesto or the fresh mozzarella or the prosciutto but the squash blossoms seemed to get lost among the other toppings.  I think going more simple would have been better but since they’re not exactly cheap, I’m not sure when I’ll work with them again.

Kale and Feta Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

In Dinner, Seasonal Eating on July 10, 2009 at 1:40 am


Inspired by this recipe with some help from Veganomicon and Betty Crocker, may I present our dinner.  The past year has made me a big fan of kale.  In fact, I find myself substituting it for spinach in many recipes.  The kale I got from Hickory Lane Farm this week was particularly tender and so it only required 10 minutes in boiling water plus a quick saute in olive oil and white wine vinegar to make it a great part of this recipe.  My husband (a green-phobe) actual told me he thought the kale held up a lot better than spinach would have.

How I did it:

Baked two 3/4-pound potatoes

Scooped out the potato, mashed it and folded in the kale, feta, and pine nuts

Stuffed the filling back into the potato skins

Back in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Unintentionally dirty question of the evening: what do you like to stuff into potatoes?