weekend eats (and drinks)

weekend eats (and drinks)

As my husband points out, we’ve had quite a bit of excitement over the last several days. As a consequence, we didn’t do our usual weekend “food safari,” so our meals this weekend were sort of thrown together on the fly.

On Thursday night, I stuffed a whole black sea bass with sliced lemons and baby fennel, and we grilled it along with skewers of sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes. Mike brought home gorgeous shoulder chops from Tamarack on Friday, which we grilled and ate with my mustard and dill spiked potato salad and grilled asparagus. The Rioja was a stellar recommendation from Troy at Vine Wine.

On Saturday, after a day spent in the hot sun extracting the kittens from the neighboring yard, we were both pretty wiped out, so I decided to follow the lead of some fellow food bloggers and make a garlic scape pesto. It was delicious and easy, and something I look forward to doing again while scapes are in season.

We adopted the last two kittens out late Sunday afternoon then headed back out to our yard to spend some quality time with the mama cat. I had forgotten to take anything out to thaw for dinner, but we were able to waterbath some Flying Pigs sausages (Mike’s Grandma’s Hot Italian), and we threw those on the grill with a red bell pepper. I sauteed a bunch of red chard and tossed some cannellini beans with minced green garlic, chopped fresh parsley, and lemon vinaigrette to go alongside – a tasty meal but not terribly photogenic.

Now that things have settled down a bit, I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen and taking advantage of all of the delicious things the season brings.

4 thoughts on “weekend eats (and drinks)

  1. Daja says:

    I lived in Mongolia for four years. We ate garlic shoots (garlic scapes as you call them) all the time. I LOVE ‘EM! I never had them before moving there, nor since moving back to the States. I’ve searched high and low but have never even seen them in any markets in the States!

    Did you grow them? Where did you buy/order them?

  2. Jennifer Hess says:

    Hi Daja – they’re all over the Greenmarkets around the city right now, so I’d start by checking out the farmers markets in your area. I like them so much that I just might try planting them in our garden next year!

  3. Oh, I’m so glad you got to try the garlic scape pesto. I thought it was so unique and interesting when I made it. Thanks for the mention.

  4. Jennifer Hess says:

    Kalyn, you’re welcome – it’s a great preparation, and one we’ll definitely do again!

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