Daily Archives: 08.26.2011

Friday Food Round-Up!

How can you tell that our dishwasher broke before we started cooking on Monday night?


  1. The Return of The Paper Plates
  2. The fact that nothing we cooked was utensil/plate-intensive

Really, I’m just Giving Thanks that all of this is happening now instead of later.  I know I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s far easier to slap something together and call it a meal when it’s warm outside.  Maybe it’s the fact that al fresco dining is more accessible, or maybe it’s the fact that everything just tastes so…fresh.

Regardless, I can’t complain.

Monday – Grilled Chicken Sausages with Oven Fries and Corn

As per the usual, it was time to break-out our emergency-stash of Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausages from Trader Joe’s.  I try not to make them TOO often, lest they lose their novelty.  That is the point of the emergency-stash, after all.

But in the summer months they basically beg to be grilled.  And when desperate times call for desperate measures, I have no other choice but to listen.

Tuesday – Oven-Roasted Turkey Legs with Corn and Avocado Salad, Green Beans

Kittens, this is me throwing it down.  You didn’t make the Corn and Avocado Salad this week.  And your life was a darker place because of that.  Not only did I eat it for dinner, but for lunch as well.  And then, lunch…again.

Um, I think I might have a problem.

Did I mention that this meal took care of the last of our Thanksgiving Turkey?  Because there was that too.  Our freezer is officially turkey-free.  For another two and a half months.

To cook the legs, we didn’t do anything really glamorous.  I let them sit for a bit in a bag with fresh oregano, a few sliced cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and evoo.  After removing them from the bag, I placed them on a roasting rack and popped them in the oven at 400-425 degrees for an hour.  Since the were on a rack, no turning was required and they still came out with (obviously) crispy skin.

In the words of Ina Garten, How Easy Is That?

As Marcus tore into his leg, he officially declared that we don’t need to go to the State Fair OR the Renaissance Festival (we never go to that) because I had supplied him with one of his favorite foods.

That wasn’t really my goal, but I’ll take it 😉

What are your “emergency” foods?

What is your favorite fair/festival food?  Have you ever tried to make it?