This week’s menu swap is hosted by Natalie at Gluten Free Mommy and the ingredient is a staple of mine: tomatoes! Make sure you check out what everyone else is cooking up and go post your own menu there too. I have only canned 2 batches of tomatoes, totaling about 36 pints. I am a bit short this year. I generally use at least a pint a week on average, if not two pints. My garden is not kicking out the little red and yellow darlings as it has in year’s past. It’s my fault for being a slacker gardener and not staking them, or caging them. Oh well, the raised bed learning curve is high this year.
We are still working our way through cook books this week and here’s what we are tasting:
Tomatica con pulpa de cerdo (pork stew with tomatoes and sweet corn)
Chicken Parmesan and spaghetti with fresh garden marinara I need to use those tomatoes up and there is not enough to can this go around.
Tuesday: Asian (from Ming Tsai)
Chicken, scallion and rice noodle stir fry
Wednesday: On the road in Traverse City for work – lunch will be at Little Foot’s (no web site yet I guess) – my Aunt and Uncle’s take out Tex Mex restaurant in TC and dinner with my friend Pam at her new place in Leelanau County – a garden harvest.
Chicken Flautas with chipotle crema and fresh salsa ala Bon Appetit (Septembers recipes are not yet posted but I will link when they are).
Friday: Chinese (Also from Ming Tsai’s book)
Stir fried pork and tofu with black bean garlic sauce.
Saturday: Pork fest – a moving away, blowout party for a close friend. He requested pork, pork and more pork. So we are cohosting and helping with the pork and asking everyone else to bring a side dish. I would like to make Porchetta, but it will probably be pulled pork with a North Carolina mustard sauce or pork burgers with bacon. Regardless, I am going to have to make a small version of a porchetta soon.
i’m out and it’s raining here