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I am so looking forward to this summer. Though it will be short (we just finished school this week, and return before labor day), I’m not working for the first time in my teaching career and I’m looking forward to spending lots of time with my daughter. I’m doing my best to not take on a collection of new side projects, but I’ve got to try at least a couple.
Which leads us to a project I’m calling the Summer Cookbook Quest. For the next two months, I plan to actually cook out of my cookbooks. As a result, the menu plans will look a bit different over the next couple of months. I’ll still share what I’m planning to cook, but the links will almost always take you to the Amazon page for the book I’m using. I know this is less useful for some readers, but I’m happy to shake things up a bit and actually use the books that everyone keeps buying me. The occasional link to a recipe will still appear, I’m sure, because there are some dishes I can’t skip making each summer, but expect to see a lot more analog recipes this summer.
The Pick Up
radishes, strawberries, cabbage, collards, tomatoes, chard, arugula, cucumbers, lettuce, kale
Tacos with lettuce and tomato
Grits with Spicy Collards, Shrimp, Roasted Red Peppers and Aioli Drizzle – from Great Bowls of Food by Robin Asbell
Good Ole Marinara & Mozzarella (And Arugula and Lemon, If You’re Smart) Topping for pizza – from The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook by Kim O’Donnel
Sesame Noodles (featuring cabbage, and scallions from last week) – from The Homemade Kitchen by Alana Chernila
Spring Bean-and-Chard Soup with Toasted Almond Pesto – from the May 2018 Real Simple magazine
Lettuce wraps with tuna fish – from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express
Lunch: Salads (lettuce, radishes, cucumbers), pasta with radish greens and lemon, kale chips
Help me on my quest to use more cookbooks – send me your favorite cookbook recommendations!