Friday, June 27, 2014

When Deadlines Loom

Missy, here. I'm deep in a deadline fog with a book due June 30th. Down to the wire!

Sooo…not much cooking going on other than the regular recipes I've already shared here. So far this week I've made:

Pasta Bolognese (shared it here) and have eaten it leftover already. I have to admit this one isn't all that quick. But it's worth a little effort. And I needed a short break anyway. :)

Fettuccine Alfredo (shared it here). This is amazingly quick!

Are we seeing a trend here?? Yes, I love pasta! And it's a comfort food as I near deadlines. :)

I've also been making salads. And went crazy with buying produce at the grocery store over the weekend. Don't you love it when so many fruits are in season?! I even took a photo to share.



Yes, I probably went a little overboard. But we're eating lots of fruit and salads! One of the things I love right now is peaches. And since I don't like the fuzz, I like nectarines even more.



Here are white and yellow fleshed nectarines.



And here are something unusual, black velvet apricots. They're actually an apricot-plum mix. You can read about them here. Hubby and I decided they look and taste more like plums. And boy, they really do feel as if they're coated in velvet!

Oh! I just remembered I also got a seasonal special. It's time for Vidalia onions! (usually pronounced Vie (with a long i)-dail'-ya) I wrote a post about them (here). They're yummy grilled with butter and salt and pepper. Yes, just eat them by themselves as a side dish. :)



What are you favorite fruits and vegetables? Anything unusual like the apricot-plum hybrid?

13 comments:

  1. I've been loving the fruits too! and made lasagna when I was off a few days ago LOL! along with refrigerator oatmeal that's pretty good too (not like the lasagna though!)
    I want those black velvet apricots though I'm usually a fan of the smooth nectaries vs the fuzzy peaches...I would try new stuff if my dinky Randalls grocery store would label stuff right! sometimes there's no label at all and I have no idea what it is. they hve one frut they're calling some kind of melon but I tell you it looks just like an acorn squash! already been made a fool out of once when I was buying for my first ever attempt at a stir fry and the stuff labeled what the ingredient list said turned out to be some kind of lettuce :-( needless to say it didn't stirfry right - but the dish was seriously lacking anyways without that boo boo.

    I had to combine 2 lasagna rcipes and still had to wing it - sigh - guess I'm never going to make it through my recipe books esp if I'm missing ingredients or want to use up others. in this case I found plenty of recipes for meat lasagna and veggie lasagnas with a white sauce but I wanted the meat, regular sauce and wantedt o use up mushrooms and sweet peppers and squash - turned out pretty good esp since I remembered to squish the veggies I cooked before putting in the meat sauce...made that mistake with spaghetti squash before- had soup!

    I don't see the vidalis here - not at my small store- they get the texas 1015s when they have sweet onion but I can probably find them at a bigger store. love sweet onions!
    Susanna

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    1. susanna, I'm laughing about stir fried lettuce! That sounds like something I would do. Wait! I did that once on purpose because I didn't have any other greens. LOL And you're right. It doesn't cook well. Was just soggy. Hey! You should buy one those supposed melons just to test it and see. :)

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    2. I grew up on stir fried lettuce! Although we called it "wilted lettuce" - a recipe from my Amish-Mennonite great - x2 - grandmother.

      And no, I won't share the recipe here at the cafe.

      It was one of those "there's so much lettuce in the garden and we can't let it go to waste" recipes.

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    3. Dave's mom makes wilted lettuce. Loves it. German, Grandma and Grandpa Eichas both came over in the first decade of the 1900's and met here....

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    4. I've had a wilted lettuce salad. That was good. The lettuce wasn't cooked. You put hot dressing made with bacon grease on top to wilt it. I think I shared it on here before! :)

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  2. The huge increase in work around here once nice weather hits curbs my cooking. It has to, there are only so many hours in a day, and deadlines, children (outside and harder to keep alive!!!) outdoor work (endless, let's not discuss it, okay????) and the baby chicks, the big chickens, the dogs.... and a couple of hunting cats... Do not even talk to me about housework, and I'm finally close to finishing a three-stage painting project I started two years ago.

    Summer is the chill-lax time of the cooking year here, so I hear you, Missy! I love fresh stuff, I love that we live in a country where it's available. So blessed!!!!

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    1. Amen to that, Ruthy. I'm so thankful when I look around the grocery store and take in the huge selection. We truly are blessed!

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  3. I'm drooling over those fresh fruit pics. It's still a bit early up here for anything local BUT strawberries are in season at last. Woot!!!! And oh my goodness do they ever taste fantastic. Makes the trucked in winter berries taste like cardboard. Guess who is making strawberry shortcake for Canada Day?!

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    1. I'm glad you're starting to see berries, Kav! You're right about the difference in fresh and hot-house.

      Happy Canada Day next week!

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  4. Missy, I'm right there with you on that deadline! On Monday we'll either celebrate, or there will be great gnashing of teeth :(

    I'm heading to the library to work today. It isn't hot enough to turn on the AC here at home, but my allergies are killing me. So I'm going to spend the day in a nice, quiet, secluded spot with climate control.

    I have to look for those black velvet apricots! I haven't seen them up here.

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    1. I want one ticket for the teeth-gnashing, please. :)

      "Admit One"..... I'll keep the laughter to a minimum!!!!

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    2. Good luck, Jan! We'll just ignore Ruthy. :)

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