Hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend!
Summer is here, full on and HOT!!! It’s so hard to be so busy at work when your Misses are sleeping late, going to camps, having summer fun. I wish grown-ups had summer break…
Mango Salsa – A simple, classic mango salsa recipe from the Houston Chronicle that I can’t find online. If I can get my hands on some more mangos, I’ll share the recipe!
Banana Crumble Cake – I always seem to have one or two bananas on my counter that are waiting to be turned into something delicious (others would argue that they are ready for the trash bin, but they would be WRONG). I didn’t feel like banana bread, so made this little coffee cake-like treat. Super easy to make and the Misses liked it because they though they could eat cake for breakfast!
Mama’s Best Broiled Tomato Sandwiches – Get some really delicious tomatoes and make these easy sandwiches for a quick dinner. Watch them in the broiler though, my corners got a little too toasted and I had to cut them off!
Shrimp and Spinach Pasta – Another simple weeknight dinner that relies on freezer and pantry staples for the most part, with some feta cheese and Greek seasoning. Whole thing takes under 20 minutes and is really good!
Crab Salad with White Beans and Gourmet Greens – Really delicious, fresh salad from a really old (1999) issue of Cooking Light!
Cranberry Ginger Granola – Delicious with vanilla Greek Yogurt!
Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Paprika – The recipe uses frozen sprouts which makes it easy to throw together anytime. Even though it is an easy preparation, and I like the idea of the roasting, they still taste like frozen sprouts. I wonder if you could blanch fresh sprouts and then continue with the recipe? Will have to try that…
Honey-Peanut Sauce – Asian-inspired sauce for sautéed chicken that I made for the Misses. One liked, one didn’t. I thought it was not bad, but I don’t eat chicken! :)
Jalapeño Goat Cheese – Two of my favorite things in one spread!
Penne alla Vecchia Bettola – From the Barefoot Contessa book Foolproof, this pasta is from Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton and it was soooo decadent and good – NOT diet food. I made this on Father’s Day, so it was a Barefoot kind of night! :)
Marinated Roasted Tofu – Totally easy prep and the tofu turned out great. I used it on salads for lunch during the week for some added protein. Will definitely be making this again!
Dry-Rubbed Salmon Tacos with Tomatillo-Avocado Slaw – I was worried about this one because the rub calls for coffee and quite a bit of assertive spice, but the salmon was so flavorful. The slaw was really great too. I made the full recipe of salmon (to ensure leftovers) and halved the slaw because I didn’t want the avocado to turn gross brown before we could eat the leftovers. I also used flour tortillas because I like them better.
Oatmeal Chew Bars – A cheaty (uses cake mix) cookie bar that is really easy, gooey, and sticky sweet. Miss E loved.
One-Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives – If Erin likes it, I had to try it. Odd method in that everything goes in one pot to cook the pasta. Was really worried about it, but turned out fine. We both liked this pasta, but D liked it more than I did. The raw arugula is a nice addition.
So, that’s it for June! 16 more cards to be filed away for a grand total of 88. Not quite to 100 yet, but still pretty happy with the progress so far. Hope you are a little inspired by some of my makings this month! Happy July!