Ah Summer. Mother Nature appears to want to cooperate this week. We'll have temps in the low 80s and a few thunderstorms to keep the greens growing. Perfect. Since it'll be balmy with a chance of a few humid days and nights, I want keep meals interesting and light.
As an aside, I'll mention that I almost always plan my menus with the week's forecast in mind. Sounds a bit anal-retentive, I know. But, think about it: do you want a BLT on a cold, rainy day or beef stew on a 90-degree one? I also want to look ahead and see if there any good grill-worthy days (although since we can grill under our porch roof, rain is seldom a problem).
On Sunday, I:
- Made Sunday dinner
- Made the patties for Monday's dinner
- Made the chili and cornbread for Tuesday's dinner
Fried chicken (I used Elise's recipe)
Nepalese potato salad, aloo achar - made with Yukon golds and lots of lemon juice
Chocolate pudding (a la Mark Bittman)
Lemongrass patties (also Mr. Bittman's)
Thai-style grilled eggplant salad
Lettuce leaf wrappers
Tomato and cucumber salad
Feta and olives
BIG salad: Hard boiled eggs, beans, leftover vegetables, parmesan, etc. etc.
Out on the town