23 June 2018

Weekend Cooking: The Week's Winning Recipes

Weekend Cooking from Beth Fish ReadsHappy summer! Here's to the coming weeks of good weather, garden-fresh fruits and veggies, and lots of outdoor dining. Once the weather breaks in May, we don't eat inside again until cool October evenings force us back to the kitchen. We take full advantage of both porch and deck and, of course, the grill.

The other thing I love about summer is the switch from grocery store to farmer's market. My area has several outdoor markets each week, and we have our favorite vendors at each one. All summer, our meat, cheese, veggies, and fruit (and sometimes our beer too) are locally grown or produced. We're blessed.

In today's Weekend Cooking, I'm sharing the winning recipes of the week. As almost always, I forgot to take my own photos of the completed dishes, so the images shown here come from the websites, where you'll find the original recipes by clicking the links.

This Week's Winners

3 good dinners from Beth Fish ReadsAwesome Tacos: I've made a lot of tacos in my life, but these Hard-Shell Red-Eye Tacos from Rachael Ray were some of the best ever. I followed her recipe pretty much exactly except I had 1½ pounds of ground beef so I didn't use the mix of beef and sausage. The chili powder mix I use comes from Frontier (she suggests a different brand), and I used both jalapenos called for in the recipe. I put out an array of toppings, including pickled jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, red onions, green and red sauces, cheese, and lettuce. We loved the flavor of the meat, and I bet I return to Rachael's version often. If you click through to her site, you'll find a video of Rachael Ray making the tacos in front of a live audience.

3 good dinners from Beth Fish ReadsEasy, Versatile Salad: I love salads that can serve many roles: main dish, side, or lunch, and this Mediterranean Orzo Salad from Ree Drummond is a good example. I ran across this one when searching for a dressing recipe. I tend to make the same old vinaigrette over and over. Then I thought, why not just make her salad while I was at it. The only thing I did differently here was to add a small orange bell pepper that I wanted to use up. I didn't have one on hand, but I'd consider adding a cucumber next time too. We had this for dinner one night, for lunch the next day, and as a side the second night -- putting the salad through its paces all in one go.

3 good dinners from Beth Fish ReadsGrilled Pizza: I did something different for our grilled pizza last night. I started with my usual pizza dough and grilling method, but then decided against our usual red sauce and veggie toppings. Instead, I used homemade garlic scape pesto for the base (my photo from a few years ago). Then came Make-Ahead Grilled Paprika Chicken from Clean Eating. I followed the recipe exactly, using three boneless chicken thighs and grilling it at about 400F for 5 minutes on a side. I wasn't worried about the meat being cooked all the way through, since I was going to chop it and recook it with the pizza. Next came grilled yellow bell pepper strips, and finally fresh mozzarella cheese. This pizza was sooo good.

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rhapsodyinbooks 6/23/18, 6:05 AM  

These all look so good! But I used soft taco shells since my eating hard taco shells would be dangerous for anyone sitting across from me!

Tina 6/23/18, 6:34 AM  

Oh yeah! I am going to use all of these recipes! I love the summer fruits and veggies and lighter fare.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 6/23/18, 7:27 AM  

I love when the farmer's markets open. We have a farmet's market on Thursdays and another close by on Saturday mornings. I didn't join my CSA this summer so I am frequenting the markets even more.

Jackie McGuinness 6/23/18, 8:06 AM  

Tacos are the best!

Dull and cloudy here today.

Claudia 6/23/18, 10:38 AM  

I could go for those tacos, and usually skip the tomato sauce altogether on my pizzas, often just cheese or an olive tapanade as the lower level.

Stacie 6/23/18, 11:17 AM  

Rachel Ray's tacos look delicious! Thanks for the link up!

Les in Oregon 6/23/18, 11:52 AM  

Those tacos sound delicious! I never would have thought to add coffee, though. I may have to sneak that past my husband. :)

Mae Travels 6/23/18, 1:44 PM  

Your recipes sound interesting —more salads is really a good thing. I guess I’m in a bit of a vinaigrette rut too.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Vicki 6/23/18, 3:46 PM  

I absolutely love tacos and those sound really good!

bermudaonion 6/23/18, 9:33 PM  

I have an orzo salad recipe similar to that that we love! Tacos are huge around here.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 6/23/18, 10:05 PM  

That all looks wonderful. We make more use of our deck and grill in the summer too. And I plant veggies so we can have extra fresh produce, but this year we have soooo many bunnies that the only plants that are surviving, besides the zucchini and tomatoes, are ones I have fenced off or moved into whiskey barrels.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 6/27/18, 9:26 AM  

So inspired by your mom! Happy Birthday. My mother in law is 93, lives in a story house alone, and drives. But she is not pumping iron!!!!

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