Monday, July 12, 2010

Cooking: Menu Week Ending July 18th

We are wrapping up the painting of my daughter's condo but now we are going to start painting her furniture. Wait to see the results!!! I am baking all week; first, wedding cookies for a friend's daughter, blueberry scones and strawberry bread for a friend's hubby. He had surgery and I thought some fun breakfast food would soften the confinement. Also, I am baking pound cake for the church staff. I am taking some of the garden harvest to them but want to a pretty baked item, too. The weather should be a little cooler in Tennessee and we are expecting rain!! Thank goodness.


Chipolte Lime Chicken Tacos


Club Sandwich
Cucumber Salad


Out with the girls


Crab Cake Salad

2 eggs
1/3 c. of mayo plus 1 T.
1 lb. of Fresh lump crabmeat
1/2 c. of fresh white bread crumbs
4 green onions, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper
2 t. Dijon mustard
Juice of one lemon
2 T. of butter
2 Heads of Boston Lettuce, torn
Handful of cherry tomatoes

Salad Dressing:
Combine mayo, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, 1/2 t. salt and 1/4 t. of pepper. Whisk until well-blended.

For Crab Cakes:
Whisk eggs, lightly. Add 1 T. mayo, crabmeat, bread crumbs, green onions, 2 t. of salt, 1/2 t. pepper. Stir with fork and form into 8 patties.

Melt butter over medium heat, cook crab cakes for approximately four minutes on one side and three to four minutes on the other side.

Place crab cakes on top of lettuce and top with dressing.


Tostadoes with left over Chipolte Lime Chicken, Black beans and Corn Salsa


Leftovers.... or maybe Chinese? I haven't decided!


Ina Garten's Tomato Herb Tart

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions (1 large onions)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus 2 ounces shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 2 ounces garlic-and-herb goat cheese (recommended: Montrachet)
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices
  • 2 tablespoons julienned basil leaves

Unfold a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly to an 11 by 11-inch square. Using a 6-inch wide saucer or other round object as a guide, cut 2 circles from the sheet of puff pastry, discarding the scraps. Place the pastry circles on 2 sheet pans lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium to low heat and add the onions and garlic. Saute for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are limp and there is almost no moisture remaining in the skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the wine, and thyme and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Remove from the heat.

Using a sharp paring knife, score a 1/4-inch-wide border around each pastry circle. Prick the pastry inside the score lines with the tines of a fork and sprinkle a tablespoon of grated Parmesan on each round, staying inside the scored border.

Place 1/2 of the onion mixture on each circle, again staying within the scored edge. Crumble 1 ounce of goat cheese on top of the onions. Place a slice of tomato in the center of each tart. Brush the tomato lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper. Finally, scatter 4 or 5 shards of Parmesan on each tart.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. The bottom sheet pan may need an extra few minutes in the oven. Serve hot or warm.


  1. sounds like a busy week....full of yummy food

  2. Yummy! I could just transfer you menu to my blog for next weeks menu and I would be so delighted! Wonderful, exciting choiced!

  3. Cynthia, you are such a thoughtful person. I often think of doing things for people and don't follow through every time. You do! You set a great example.


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