Happy Father’s Day! I hope many of you are doing something special for dad today. Today, brings barbecue, good laughter. and a time to gather and talk — some of my favorite things. We’re enjoying Santa Ynez and taking my dad to brunch at River Course, and then hitting Rusack Vineyards for a wine tasting. If you haven’t been to Rusack, it’s a lovely winery with outdoor seating under gorgeous trees on a beautifully remodeled deck. The tastings are done in flights and you can choose between three different pairings. Afterwards, it’s home for some Bocce Ball before I whip up some dinner.
This week brings the true beginning to summer, according to the calendar anyway — and on Monday we’re kicking it off with Skillet Chicken Sausages, Onions, Zucchini and Basil. Tuesday is a great day for a tacos, and my Slow-Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos cook up beautifully in a slow-cooker without heating up the kitchen. Hump Day is all about a something quick and tasty, and my Summer Succotash with Bacon goes so nicely with any grilled chicken, beef or vegetable protein. Thursday is a good day for Beef and Cheddar Sliders with Caramelized Onions. TGIF and it’s time for a cocktail – and a Spiked Watermelon Cooler will certainly hit the spot at the end of a busy week. Saturday’s are for baking, but this week we will minimize oven time and enjoy Limoncello Berry Trifle. Have a great week and get outdoors!
Monday – Chicken sausages with savory onions, zucchini and sweet basil. A quick skillet meal.
Tuesday – Slow cooking is the way to go when the weather heats up and these carnitas tacos are so tender and tasty.
Wednesday – Summer corn is sweet and just starting to show its head.
Thursday – Sliders with beef and cheddar and covered in caramelized onions makes a tasty meal.
Friday – Cool and slightly sweet with just a splash of that extra something to turn it into an adult beverage.
Saturday – Cool and creamy no-bake trifle with sweet summer berries.