Friday, August 10, 2012

Weekend Dinner Ideas

Oh my, Friday already, so it's time for a quick rundown of the weekend dinner plans.  For tonight, some sort of fish will go on the grill.  It might be the fresh wild caught albacore tuna steak on sale at both Sprouts and Sunflower for $9.99 a pound, but halibut-lover that I am, I'm also considering the fresh halibut fillets that King Soopers has for $16.99 a pound (also fresh coho salmon (the "meh" salmon?)fillets for $9.99 a pound, both with card).  Some organic yams will also go on the grill, either as spears or diced in foil packages, and for the side veggie, we'll try a new one from Bon Appetit, tomato salad with shallot vinaigrette, capers, and basil.  Since it's gloriously tomato time, the toms could come from your own garden (with the deer in our neighborhood, we gave up on that long ago), a Farmers' Market purchase (Wednesday or tomorrow), heirlooms available at Whole Foods and sometimes elsewhere, or the organic beefsteak tomatoes Sprouts has at $2.50 for a three-count package this week (six romas for the same price at Sunflower, if you want the smaller shape).

We'll be back out on the grill tomorrow, and with boneless skinless chicken breasts $1.99 a pound at both Sprouts and Sunflower, it will be some version of chicken.  Being at the apex of summer produce, eggplant seems to be the darling of the moment, so I'm thinking grilled chicken and ratatouille from Bon Appetit, possibly using globe rather than Japanese eggplant.  Although eggplant's something I'd always seek out in organic (probably at Whole Foods or tomorrow's Farmers' Market), and there aren't any advertised specials in front of me for it, I'll bend my principles to mention that conventional is cheap at both Sprouts (88 cents a pound) and Sunflower (99 cents a pound).

We'll still need something big to make by Sunday to serve as an easy midweek reheat as well, so with corn fever firmly entrenched, it will be corn and fingerling chowder with applewood-smoked bacon from Cooking Light.  Other organic potatoes do fine if you're not inclined to locate the fingerlings, and Sprouts has five pound bags of organic russets for $3.99 each, probably the amount you'd pay for one pound of organic fingerlings.

Which gets us through the weekend's plans.

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