Saturday night – 07/27/2008

Simple was the name of the game this week.

July 26th Menu
Grilled hamburgers with some combination of…
  bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, catsup, relish, mayo & mustard
Veggie burgers for those who wanted them
Corn on the cob

Vanilla ice cream with grilled pineapple and ted_badger‘s caramel sauce

Notes to self under here

Saturday night – 08/19/2008

My goodness it was hot this past weekend. Ted even skipped the bread baking so we could avoid adding the heat from the oven to the house. With the vent hood added during the kitchen renovation last year we can suck the steam from the cook top out of the house so we boiled and sauteed our way through dinner.

July 19th Menu
Grilled Bratwurst
Caramelized Onions
Potato and Cheddar Perogies
Zucchini and Summer Squash with Tomatoes and Thyme

Blueberry & Sabayon Triffle (thank you Mr. Ted)

notes under here

Saturday night – 07/05/2008 – the missing vegetarian

Our regular vegetarian was away in Arizona this week on vacation so we had a more meat-integrated meal than usual. If the weather was cooler the menu almost certainly would have been a casserole baked in the oven. Since summer weather means we try to add as little heat to the kitchen as possible (at least in theory) we used the electric skillet.

July 5th Dinner Menu
Beef Bourguignon
Egg noodles

Oatmeal cookies for dessert (thank you ted_badger)

Lobster melt

There’s a restaurant just outside of Harvard Square in Boston where my husband enjoyed a lobster melt some years back. It sounded good at the time and I had a hankering for one to celebrate the summer holiday.

I picked up a couple of 1# lobsters at the supermarket and had them steam them while I finished my shopping. The next day I pulled the meat from the shell and chopped it up a bit so that there were large pieces of meat rather than a whole lobster tail.

During the day Ted made a loaf of yummy bread. Once it was cool I cut a couple of thick pieces off for each of us.

I added about 2 tablespoons of mayo to the lobster meat along with a bit of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Basically a very lightly doctored lobster salad.

I then made what is in essence a grilled cheese sandwich, with lobster salad, cheddar cheese and bacon. Because everything is better with bacon!