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Sunday, July 01, 2018, 06:52 PM

Meredith had a craving for BLTs. We used fresh tomatoes and bread1 from the Corrales Growes' Market. The bread was a green-chile sourdough.

Anyway, we made baked thick-cut bacon in the oven at 400°F for about 15 minutes and assembled them with a mixute of butter-lettuce and baby kale, and a tiny bit of Avocado Oil Mayo.

I had mine open face (on the smaller slices of bread) and Meredith made a sandwich.

We also had asparagus tossed with smoked salt (which I didn't toss very evenly) roasted at 400°F for 6 minutes.

  1. Bosque Baking Company 

Boring Tacos

Saturday, June 30, 2018, 07:36 PM

We made "Boring Tacos" again. That is, just plain taco meat (beef this time). Except, I mixed it up a bit. Instead of the water the taco seasoning says to use, I used about 1/2 cup of Pace Salsa. I think that gave it a bit more "sloppy joe" style to the meat, but I liked it overall. As usual, it was pretty easy! And, with 1lbs of meat, we got 3 servings.

I also accidentally heated an extra tortilla so I made a quesadilla was some cheddar, cotija, salt, and garlic powder (too much of it actually)

Halloumi and Corn

Friday, June 29, 2018, 08:58 PM

Pretty simple meal. We grilled halloumi and corn. For the halloumi, I had it on the grill over low heat for about 4 minutes and then flipped it and turned the heat off while the corn kept grilling. We microwaved the corn (5 minutes for 3 ears), shucked it, and then grilled it all. We used spray butter and some smoked paprika.

We served the halloumi on Trader Joes Pasiano Rolls with Indian Mint Chutney

Cake French Toast

Friday, June 29, 2018, 08:11 AM

Meredith made french toast from leftover (and probably) stale Baby Shower cake from Sunday.

The cake was really stale so she let it soak for a while in the egg mixture. Also, the buttercream melted a bit on the heat adding extra flavor as you "fry" it in buttercrea.

The eggs mixture was:

Sausage and Broccolini

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 08:04 PM

Sous Vide Sausage (150°F for about 2 hours) and roasted broccolini (350°F for about 40 minutes). As I have been doing, I sliced the sausage and quickly got some sear from the pan.

These were Trader Joes Scicilian Chicken Sausage. They were okay, but we liked some of the others from Sprouts more.

Koefta Tacos

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 07:38 PM

I made koefta tacos. I used the recipe for koeftas as the spices and mixed them into the meat as it was simmering. I included the dried dill in that and then added mint later. I also used a bit of onion powder. We didn't have any parsely or cilantro so we skipped that.

We served it with Trader Joes Tzatziki and some tomatoes on Trader Joes "Homemade" tortillas. Meredith also sprinkled some zatar (and I think something else?) on them.

It was pretty good. I think I prefer regular koeftas but this was much easier and faster. I also wish I had made harissa.

I also made stir-fried sugar snap peas using an extremely hot cast-iron pain with just some salt. They were also pretty good.

Shrimp and Elotes Salad

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 08:02 PM

Meredith and I made shrimp and elotes salad for her family.

I did the shrimp based on the lemon-garlic shrimp. I did it with 2 lbs of shrimp and about 1.5x the recipe. It was certainly not as good as it often is. I did it all on one small pan that over-crowded the shrimp. Plus, I didn't dry them well enough nor were they really deforsted enough. This all led to more steaming, less roasting, more liquid release, and generally less flavor. Oops! Also, they needed salt....

Meredith made the same elotes salad we made before (actually, for the same company). She did the same basic recipe. It was well received, though I do not think I lvoe raw zucchini. But it was still good.

Pimento Cheese

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 06:27 PM

Meredith made Pimento cheese from a different recipe 1. We interpeted "grated" as shredded for both the cheddar and the parmesean (which we purchased whole and shreded).

We liked it a lot. I think they may be our "standard" for at least a little bit. It also made a much more reasonable amount

  1. They call it "Pimiento" cheese. A different spelling. 

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