07/10/14
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Strawberry Shortcake

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“I have learned to treat each basket of really good berries I encounter as a box of fleeting, precious jewels, a treat to be enjoyed with unalloyed pleasure; no cream, sugar, or splash of Beaujolais, just the warm berry in all its scarlet glory.  That perfect fruit is a rare find, but once you chance upon it life seems, for an instant, to stand still.  Eyes closed, you are briefly lost in buttercup meadows, with bees buzzing on the heavy afternoon air…’Fragaria’ is a difficult fruit to find at its best.  But when you do, and that berry is melting on your tongue, it is as if all your summers have come at once.”  ~ Nigel Slater, Ripe

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07/9/14
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Spicy Carrot Pasta Sauce

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“Not for me the pile of buttered carrots on the plate.  Too sweet, too orange {too bloody cheerful more like it}.  But the carrot’s place is assured in my kitchen as the bringer of earthy sweetness, a backbone vegetable on which to build layers of flavor.” ~ Nigel Slater, Tender

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06/29/14

June 29th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

Grilled Korean~Style Steak  |  Spicy Cilantro Sauce  |  Sweet White Corn

MONDAY

California Steak Salad

TUESDAY

Roasted Potato & Corn Chowder  |  Tomato~Oregano Pizza

WEDNESDAY

{Best} Burgers on the Grill  |  Cucumber Spears with Lime Salt

THURSDAY

Crustless Quiche with Corn, Tomatoes, Bacon & Basil  |  Silky Zucchini Soup

FRIDAY

~  Fourth of July  Barbecue  ~

Honey Butter Grilled Chicken Thighs  |  Baby Back Ribs with Blackberry BBQ Sauce  |  Sweet Peach Salsa  | Potato Salad  |   Basil~Mint Lemonade  |  

Hidden Ice Cream Strawberry Shortcake

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06/27/14
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Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread with & without Chocolate Chips

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The summer solstice arrived last week, the Bay waters in the cove below my deck are once again dotted with the tiny sailboats bobbing with new students in the summer sailing school, warm afternoons continue to give way to cool evenings cloaked in fog, Sunday concerts in the park have begun…summer is underway.  But, despite these outward signs of a more relaxed season, our life remains intense.  The sense of relief that generally accompanies the end of the school year, as well as the downshift in the daily routine, escaped us this year.  It seemed as though as soon as Pomp & Circumstance finished playing at Maddie’s high school graduation we were knee deep into planning and preparing for her relocation to the East Coast next month.  Our days have become packed with physical exams, dentist appointments, filling out insurance forms for not only her but also for her horse, King…her companion on the next great adventure.  Normally, the reality of packing up your first~born and shipping her across country can be overwhelming in and of itself but add packing up a horse and getting him shipped roughly 3,000 miles to their new home and you have a whole new dimension in the overwhelming department. Continue reading «Zucchini Bread»

06/22/14

June 22, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

Grilled Sambal Chicken Skewers  |  Strawberry, Almond & Pea Salad  |  Sweet White Corn~On~The~Cob

MONDAY

Fresh Pappardelle Pasta with Peas & Parmesan Cream  |  Fresh Strawberries & Whipped Cream

TUESDAY

Chicken Salad {with Grapes & Celery} Sandwiches  |  Truffled Popcorn

WEDNESDAY

Fresh Whole Wheat Tagliatelle Pasta with Carrot Sauce  |  Green Beans with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

THURSDAY

Slow~Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Peach Salsa  |  Roasted Carrots with Cumin & Lime

FRIDAY

Pulled Pork Sliders with Bourbon BBQ Sauce  |  Coleslaw with Creamy Yogurt Dressing  |  Pickles

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06/15/14

June 15th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

Happy Father’s Day!

Grilled NY Strip Steaks finished with a Chive Butter  |  Bread & Basil Salad  |  Tahitian Vanilla Gelato topped with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

MONDAY

Grilled Steak Tacos with Green, Red & Yellow Peppers and Onions  |  Super Sweet White Corn~On~The~Cob

TUESDAY

Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Basil

WEDNESDAY

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Prosciutto Slices & Sage Pesto  |  Fresh Cantaloupe Slices

THURSDAY

Grilled Chicken Salad with Arugula, Pickled Cherries, Ricotta Salata & Sage Pesto Dressing

FRIDAY

Fresh Ahi Tuna Salad Sandwiches for a Beach Picnic

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06/9/14
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Olallieberry Sauce

WEDNESDAY

Dry~Poached Chicken Breasts  with Olallieberry Sauce  |  Roasted Green Bean & Baby Potato Salad

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“Marionberries and olallieberries are relatively new varieties of cultivated blackberries, both very popular with Northwest growers.  Both bear large, black, shiny, sweet berries with a medium~to~firm texture and more than a hint of wild blackberry flavor…In most places berry season starts in late spring and lasts through midsummer.  Because cultivated blackberries are generally larger, juicier, sweeter, higher in acid, and decidedly less seedy than wild ones, they are better for canning and jam~making.  They also make delicious sauces…”  ~  Alice Waters, Chez Panisse Fruit

 

Prior to last Saturday’s farmers’ market trip I had never before heard of olallieberries.  A huge fan of blackberries, I was drawn to the containers of shiny, plump fruit but as I approached the market table upon which they were displayed I noticed the unfamiliar, rather odd labeling.  Although similar in shape to their wild cousins, olallieberries boast variegated color tones ranging from deep red to practically black and their flavor, while decidedly sweet, possesses a layer of tartness….

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06/1/14

June 1st, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

Vietnamese~Style Pork Chops  |  Nectarine  & Green Apple Salad  |  Sweet White Corn  |  Red Fruit Salad & Whipped Cream

MONDAY

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Basil Pesto & Oven~Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

TUESDAY

Bulgur with Mint & Mango  |  Grilled Shrimp

WEDNESDAY

Dry~Poached Chicken Breasts with Olallieberry Sauce  |  Roasted Baby Potatoes & Green Beans

THURSDAY

Spring Linguine with Pea Shoots & Bacon

FRIDAY

Layered Cobb Salad

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05/26/14

May 26th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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MONDAY

Molasses~Mopped Baby Back Ribs  |  Potato Salad  |  Kale~Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing

TUESDAY

Orecchiette with Roasted Tomato & Basil Sauce

WEDNESDAY

Prosciutto~Wrapped Chicken Thighs  |  Charred Green Beans & Scallions  or  Strawberry, Almond & Pea Salad

THURSDAY

Pork Tacos with Sweet Peach Salsa  |  Roasted Cumin~Lime Carrots

FRIDAY

Risotto with Grilled Sausages, Roasted Peppers & Fennel

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05/19/14

May 18th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

Vietnamese~Style Pork Chops  |  Coconut Rice with Scallions  |  Seasoned Cucumber Spears

MONDAY

Orrechiette Pasta with Basil Pesto  |  Skillet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes & Scallions

TUESDAY

Classic BLT Sandwiches  |  Potato Salad

WEDNESDAY

Honey, Garlic & Lemon Baked Chicken Wings  |  Potato Salad  |  Mixed Greens with Garlic Vinaigrette

 

“…sometimes the happiest ending isn’t the one you keep longing for, but something you absolutely cannot see from where you are.”  ~  Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet:  Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

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