Most importantly: it is my golden birthday today, so happy birthday to me! Surprise surprise, I am going Up North this weekend.
In honor of this birthday (and the spirit of nesting that overtook this week), I think we have one of the more prolific Friday Food Round-Ups in history.
Miscellaneous – Spicy Crockpot Chex Mix I was cleaning out the pantry this weekend. The two half-full bags of Chex cereal (from our last chex mix foray) and the nearly-empty box of Cheez-Its screamed Make Me Into Chex Mix Or Else! So I did, and then I shared a bag full of it with a sorority sister because even though I could eat a crockpot full of Chex Mix, we all know that doesn’t mean that I need to try.
Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars
What drove me to make granola bars from scratch? I have been eating everything in sight and I thought it might be more virtuous to make them at home. The reality: they are delicious, but they are crumbly as all get out and really cannot be eaten “on the go.” Actually, they can only be eaten when you are sitting stock-still and when you have an attentive eye for errant bits of granola bar.
Miscellaneous – Favorite Three Bean Salad
Bruce, our handyman was doing some projects for us this week and as it turns out, Bruce and his wife have a huge garden. He brought us a bag full of green beans on the second day of his project. Since we were done with our proper dinner cooking for the week, I whipped up some three bean salad because I thought it would make a nice work lunch for me/snack for Marcus while I am at the cabin this weekend.
Saturday – Parsley, Lemon, and Cannellini Bean Salad from Plenty More
No, we don’t own this cookbook. But when I saw it on the main display shelves at the Plymouth Library, I decided to check it out and figure out whether or not the book would be worth owning. Gorgeous pictures, impractical salads for the life I live. But I did take a photo of this recipe because it looked like something that would be “me.” Sure it was tasty, but the point where lemon juice shot into my eye as I was separating lemon pulp from rind was not really a day maker. Probably not making this again.
Sunday – Perfect Instant Ramen
I remember when the NYT first ran this recipe and I was FASCINATED! It has always been on the mean to try list and then when I was grocery shopping, it occurred to me that we would need a Sunday lunch and this was a great opportunity.
Marcus and I both agreed that it tasted much fancier than regular ramen (we used chicken flavor for obvious reasons, but if I were you I would go pork or beef flavor) and Marcus believes this is a meal that he could make for us in a pinch. Total time (including prep and cooking) = 10 minutes. Not too bad!
Corn season is still going strong, so it made sense to rotate this dish back onto our menu, plus, I wanted to do at least one meatless meal this week that still had a summer feel to it!
Monday – Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs, Oven Fries, Garlic Green Beans and Elote
Have we ever grilled chicken basted with BBQ sauce? Actually, I don’t think so. It’s always so exciting to try new things, right?