I was wracking my brain yesterday trying to come up with a post for today and I suddenly remembered that we haven’t talked about food for a while. I’ve tried two new recipes in the last week and they were good enough to share. So I’m sharing.
The first is a summer salad that I made for last Saturday’s excursion to the alpaca farm. Sharon and I have a pretty sweet deal when it comes to outings like this. She drives. I bring lunch. I wanted to bring a salad but not a potato or pasta salad. I searched through Tastespotting and I found this August Garden Salad. I don’t have pictures of the one I made but it looked pretty much just like that one. I used 4 ears of corn, one can of beans, some grape tomatoes and a green pepper. I used some gorgonzola cheese instead of goat cheese because I think goat cheese is pretty disgusting. For the dressing I followed the recipe exactly. It made quite a bit and I shared with Kim and Manise and they both loved it, too.
The other recipe is from Real Simple and it’s for Cheesy Baked Shells and Broccoli. I found this one on Dine and Dish and that’s another great food blog, if you’re a food blog reader. Anyway, I changed this recipe a little bit by using fresh broccoli, which I steamed while cooking the pasta, and I used some half ‘n half instead of milk because I had it. Oh, and for the cheese I used a combination of cheddar and monterey jack. I made it ahead of time and stuck it in the fridge so I had to actually bake it for a bit rather than just sticking it under the broiler. For the topping I used some more of the cheese blend along with corn flake crumbs because we love a crunchy topping around here. I served it with some baked salmon and it was delicious. It’s really just a variation on mac ‘n cheese but that’s fine by me.
I enjoy trying new recipes and I do enjoy cooking but this weekend will be for eating out. Tonight we’re going to the Greek Festival — lamb, dolmathes, loukamathes!! — Friday night we’re going to the Scallop Festival — fried scallops and clam chowder! — and Sunday we’ll be dining at my favorite restaurant to celebrate my birthday.
It’s going to be a real challenge to not gain any weight this weekend.