Monday, July 18, 2011

Week 18 - Summer Nights

It's going to be another jam-packed week, between work, sports camp during the day for the boys, and swimming lessons in the evenings.  Summer nights are busy, always in a fun way: the sun is out, the temperatures are inviting, people are visiting.  I need to plan some meals that can either be partially assembled earlier in the day, or that are quick fixes, so they can be quickly finished when we return from our evening adventures.  Gratefully, we have some wonderful summer ingredients in the box this week, and I already have lots of great ideas for this week's meals.

 Clockwise from the top center: blackberries, broccoli, swiss chard, basil, peaches, green beans, lettuce, sweet onions, lemons, green tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers

Meal plan for the week
Sunday: pizzas on the grill with Green Tomatoes, Sweet Onions, Basil and some of last week's Zucchini (in addition to figs and some other farmer's market finds)
Monday: Broccoli, Swiss Chard omelettes, summer salad with Lettuce, Cucumbers and Strawberries
Tuesday: Lemon, tarragon (from the garden), and Sweet Onion chicken with Fried Green Tomatoes (I've always loved that movie, and have always wanted to try making them!)

I was so excited to see tomatoes in the box this week, and my husband picked up some peaches as well; my two summer favorites.  Unlike many winter favorites, nearly nothing needs to be done to the best summer ingredients to enjoy them.  Every minute not spent in the kitchen is another minute that I can spend outside with my family, or tending to my own garden, a must as we wait for our own own tomatoes, melons, squash, cucumbers, peppers, etc. to be ready for harvest time!

Finally starting to get some height and, most importantly, blossoms!
This week's title is inspired by the song of the same name from the soundtrack to Grease.

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