Monday, July 6, 2009

Franks and Beans

July 6
Another simple recipe from The Minimalist column from a couple of summers ago, "101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less."

The "recipe," in full:

"54 Brown small pork (or hot dog) chunks in a skillet. Add white beans, garlic, thyme and olive oil. Or add white beans and ketchup."
I went with the garlic/thyme combination, though I also added a chopped roma tomato. It was surprisingly tasty, in a low-brow kind of way.
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Taco Salad

July 5
Taco Salad from The Minimalist column from a couple of summers ago, "101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less."
Lettuce, tomato, corn, black beans, red onion, cheddar cheese, avocado, toasted corn tortilla strips, and lime-cilantro dressing. Chopping everything up (and baking the tortillas instead of buying chips) took me more than ten minutes, but it was simple.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

J's Fabulous Birthday Dinner

From the backlog: 6/20
J's amazing beach weekend birthday celebration included a fabulous dinner, with everyone chipping in to bring a dish plus a main course of fresh fish from the nearby shop. Shrimp, scallops, several kinds of grilled fish, mac and cheese, salad, guacamole, veggie tray, etc.

Oh, and of course, dessert! I made a citrus cake (unfortunately, the frosting turned out strangely lumpy - moral of the story, don't try a new recipe when you're cooking for a bunch of people), and there was cherry pudding and several pies. We were definitely well fed this weekend!

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Orzo salad

From the backlog: 6/25
Quick orzo salad with leftover veggies from a veggie tray and a simple lemon viniagrette dressing. Served as a side with leftover yummy fresh fish.


 From the backlog: 6/23
Hungry and disappointed after seeing Terminator 4, I whipped up a quick quesadilla with black beans, roasted red peppers, red onions, and cheddar cheese.
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Crispy black bean tacos with feta and slaw

From the backlog: 6/22
Quick and tasty.
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Broccoli and Ham Frittata

 From the backlog: 6/18
Take four egg whites remaining after a birthday cake used the yolks, and the desire for a quick dinner: voila! An egg-white frittata.  Filling includes sauteed onions, broccoli, bits of ham, and shredded cheddar cheese.
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Chicken Salad Melt

From the backlog: 6/15
Chicken salad melt, with homemade English muffin, tomato slices, and melted cheddar cheese. 
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Arugula/Bleu Cheese/Proscuitto Wraps and English Muffin Pizzas

From the backlog: 6/14
For the appetizer: slivers of bleu cheese wrapped with baby arugula leaves and proscuitto slices.

Main course: English muffin mini-pizzas, with ham, caramelized onion, and fresh mozzarella.
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Homemade McMuffin

From the backlog: 6/14
Egg sandwich with a fresh English muffin, egg cooked with green onion, cheddar cheese, and mashed avocado.
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

English Muffins

From the backlog: 6/13
Yum. Who knew you could make English muffins from scratch, or that they'd be so tasty? Slightly more biscuity than the purchased kind. Recipe from Smitten Kitchen, originally from Ruth Reichl.
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Egg Drop Soup

From the backlog: 5/25
Quick meal of Egg Drop Soup from Simply Recipes.


From the backlog: 5/25

Eggs in a Basket

From the backlog: 5/24

Beef Fajitas with Pico de Gallo and Avocado

From the backlog: 5/23

Beef fajitas with Pico de Gallo (loosely following the Simply Recipes recipe here) and avocado slices.