Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weekday Dinner Ideas, Starting With Labor Day

So what to do for Labor Day tomorrow?  It obviously has to include something on the grill, which I'm thinking will be the St. Louis ribs from American Homestead Pork that Whole Foods has for $3.99 a pound.  Potato salad would be classic on the side, and I like the very light, veggie-filled version from Cooking Light, light and fresh potato salad, with its vinaigrette dressing.  And of course, some ears of fresh Munson's corn on the cob.

Tuesday is our usual reheat of something big made over the weekend, which this week is the corn and green chile chowder from the Food Network.  Much as I'm enjoying these soups and chowders, I'm secretly starting to look forward to returning to some comforting casseroles when the days start cooling off in the fall.

For Wednesday, we'll finally give the corn a break, using the raw shrimp that are $3.99 a pound at Sprouts and Sunflower through that day to do spicy shrimp and fettuccine from Cooking Light, since the runners in the family will be clamoring for pasta by then.

I'll also grab some of the top sirloin that's $3.99 a pound through Wednesday at Sprouts and Sunflower to do a longtime favorite for Thursday, sirloin steak with tomato and cilantro sauce from Bon Appetit.  The steak mixture is great either on its own, or wrapped in warm tortillas.

Which quickly gets us heading well into September, as I'm seeing more and more yellow leaves around my yard.

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