Wednesday, May 23, 2012

garden say what?

during the growing season, the menu planning goes a little differently. it starts in the garden.  we all know i am a firm believer in planning a weekly menu.  it makes grocery shopping easier and cheaper.  it makes dinner prep easier. it makes life easier.  i like to have anywhere from 4-7 meals planned depending on my week or week and half ahead.  leaving room for leftovers and dinner out.
right now, i have quite the bounty of  rhubarb, greens and herbs.  perhaps you all are in the same boat...with some asparagus, garlic, and peas (i don't because the rabbits ate mine) thrown in for good measure.  so i scoured the internet for you and this is what i came up with...naturally, it told me to use the word "herby". a lot.

1. collard, bacon and parmesan frittata served with a mixed green salad
2. kale cobb salad
3. pork chops with cherry rhubarb sauce on polenta with herby, sauteed sugar snap peas on the side
4. tarragon salmon with asparagus (use fresh herbs throughout the recipe)
5. collard, potato and sausage gratin* with an herby salad (see below)
6. pork tacos* in lettuce wraps with cilantro rice (see below)
7. linguine tossed with kale pesto

and for dessert?
rhubarb cinnamon polenta cake

need a cocktail?
spring smash::strawberry rhubarb cocktails with honey whiskey

enjoy these late bites of spring.  soon, the summer stuff comes in....
collard, potato and sausage gratin
2 potatoes, thinly sliced
1 small bunch of collards, cleaned and chopped
3 italian sausage links, chopped
1 cup of shredded mozzarella
1 cup of shredded parmesan
olive oil or butter
1 cup of milk
heat oven to 375 degrees.  in skillet, brown sausage and cook through.  meanwhile, combine cheeses in a small bowl.  grease 9x13 dish and cover bottom with a 1/3 of the potatoes.  season with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil or bits of butter.  scatter 1/3 each of the collards, sausage, and cheese (in that order).  repeat twice.  ending with cheese on top.  pour milk over layers, cover with foil, and bake one - 1 1/2 hours (depending on the thickness of your potatoes) or until potatoes are fork tender.  enjoy.

slow cooker pork tacos
1 boneless, pork shoulder roast
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
2 - 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 T. of chilies in adobo sauce, use sauce only and add up to two chilies (they are HOT!)
combine the tomato sauce, oregano, garlic, and adobo in a small bowl.  spread over pork roast and cook on low in your slow cooker for 8-10 hours.  shred with two forks and serve. enjoy!!

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