Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekend Dinner Ideas

With Labor Day nearly upon us and the unofficial end of summer looming quickly, this weekend just has to be about grilling and summer produce.  Tonight will be fresh salmon on the grill.  Mine will be from the one-day sale just past at Whole Foods, but Sprouts and Sunflower have fresh wild caught coho for $7.99 a pound.  A favorite way to do it right now is grilled salmon with roasted corn relish from Cooking Light, which gets in that fresh local corn from Munson Farm, and also the freshly roasted chiles newly available at the Pearl Street Whole Foods.

We'll return to the grill for Saturday, this time for country style pork ribs.  They're $2.49 a pound at Sprouts and Sunflower, but I'll probably spring for a little more to get the American Homestead ones that are $3.99 a pound at Whole Foods.  Something terrifically seasonal will go on the side, probably tomato and corn salad with marjoram from Bon Appetit if I'm feeling refined, or straight ears of Munson's corn if in more of a picnic mode.  A caprese salad using our local tomatoes and the one pound logs of Crave Brothers fresh mozzarella that are just $5.99 each at Whole Foods right now would also be good, topped with fresh basil from my burgeoning herb pots.

We'll need a big pot of seasonal soup by Sunday, and it will be a chile corn chowder:  either one in my files dating back to the original Alfalfa's (dating myself there, too) or the one from Mark Bittman featured just this week on the Today Show, corn and green chile soup (that link actually has all four corn recipes shown in Bittman's spot, all of which sound great).

Which gets us through another beautiful Boulder weekend, complete with the USA Pro Challenge bike race!

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