I know this week’s meal ideas fall during a holiday weekend, so I thought a mixed bag of recipes that suit both group gatherings, and weeknight meals were in store. Labor Day Weekend represents the end of summer with most of us savoring the last bit of potato salad, and outdoor barbecue ribs. For us Southern Californians, barbecuing never goes away completely, but we do move most of our cooking indoors during the fall and wintertime. This weekend is a big celebration for many families, and whether you decided to pack up the car and travel to somewhere within reason, or hunker down at home, and gas up that grill again, it’s a time to enjoy warm weather foods once more.
It’s been a great summer and it went way too fast, but I am looking forward to fall baking and cooking. For me, there’s nothing like the smell of warm spices being baked into a quick bread or coffee cake, or listening to a stew simmer slowly on stove, but I am going to enjoy these last few days, and weeks (for that matter) of summer. So grab some friends and family and make some great food.
Sunday – I told you I was going to be enjoying my potato salad this weekend. I just love the simplicity of a scoop on my plate with a grilled burger or a piece of fish.
Monday – Happy Labor Day! We’re still grilling up a storm here at my house and these pork chops are fabulous. The sauce is made with tamarind paste which gives them the perfect tang and a unique Indonesian flair.
Tuesday – Happy Birthday to my mom. It’s cake day obviously and this one is her favorite. The chocolaty texture is buttery good, and I love to dust it with powdered sugar and a pile of raspberries.
Wednesday – I know school is back in for most, but we still gotta eat. This 10-minute weeknight meal is just what the entire family will enjoy. It’s better than traditional spaghetti and so much quicker to prepare.
Thursday – I love a good baked pasta meal and this turkey and artichoke bake is super tasty. Buy some turkey from the deli and cube it up yourself, and layer it with either frozen defrosted, or jarred artichoke hearts in an easy creamy sauce. It’s fantastic.
Friday – We’re having nachos, but these are made with cauliflower. Trust me, you’ll love them and not even notice the chips are missing.
Saturday – This is what weekends are made of. Just do it, it’s so good.