Sunday, October 10, 2010

Shouldn't it be colder outside?

Fifteen years in Texas and it still throws me to have 80+ days... I feel like I should be roasting, braising and stewing... but it's just too nice outside for that.  I'm not complaining about our fantastic weather... it's just throwing off my menu mojo a bit.

Here's this weeks' menu.  It's kind of a crazy week with soccer games and my boss in town, so all easy/fast and very low on creativity.  It'll get better... I promise!  

I'll post recipes/techniques later in the week.  For now, here is the menu:

Sunday: Salmon grilled with an Asian glaze, rice with sesame/orange and sauteed spinach.

Monday: Potato pie (shredded potato crust filled with zucchini, ham, sweet corn and red peppers)

Tuesday: Soccer game, I'm out and a fundraiser for Becca's school so they're going to Schlotzky's

Wednesday: Pork chops on the grill, broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes

Thursday: Pasta Carbonara (but I'm going to try to add a tiny bit of redeeming value by adding in some fresh spinach - idea from Food & Wine).

Here's how to make dinner tonight:

zest & juice two oranges - put half aside for rice
to the remaining zest/juice add:
2 TB dark brown sugar
1 tsp grated ginger (I buy the jarred stuff in the produce section)
1 tsp crushed garlic (fresh is better but I often use the jarred stuff)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 TB soy sauce
all amounts are approximate - it should be kind of thick/glossy

grill the salmon and brush on the glaze, heat remainder on stovetop as a sauce.
Prepare white rice and when it's done, stir in the juice/zest and about a teaspoon of sesame oil, stir and set aside for about 5 min.

heat olive oil & garlic in pan, toss in the spinach and saute for about 2-3 min - until JUST wilted. 

Done.  Hope you enjoy...

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