Friday, July 13, 2012

Weekend Dinner Ideas

A good, warm morning, Boulder, and happy Friday the 13th.  With heat in mind, we'll think picnic-type food for tonight, turning to Mark Bittman's splendid 101 20-minute dishes for inspired picnics from the New York Times.  With boneless skinless chicken breasts a steal at both Sprouts and Sunflower for $1.77 a pound, this time we'll try Bittman's idea number six for cornflake chicken bites, doing either the panko or cornmeal options rather than the flakes.  I have a suspicion that cupboards in New York are more likely to contain cornflakes than those in Boulder.  Meanwhile, I have both the panko and the cornmeal.

Afternoon storms are possible for both tomorrow and Sunday, but if grilling will fit in, we'll want some fresh wild salmon on it ($9.99 a pound at both Sprouts and Sunflower).  And with local corn newly arrived, it will have to be somewhere, either as ears on the side or incorporated into a relish for grilled salmon with roasted corn relish from Cooking Light.  I still have a few chiles in my freezer from last fall's roasting season, so the relish has extra appeal.

For Sunday, with those great chicken sales mentioned above, we'll return to that for chicken posole from Food and Wine magazine.  I prefer to make it with the white meat that's on sale, to lighten it up over the dark meat called for anyway.  Salad, tortillas, done, and with extra to reheat midweek.

Which will get us at least through the weekend.

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