Friday, August 7, 2009

Summer Dinner with Cousins

Father's Day 2006, Santa Cruz

Last night we had a fun dinner with our cousin friends the M family. Being with them always brings back wonderful memories from our time in California when we clung to them as the only family we had near. Even though their kids are grown and our kids are young, they still love each other and have a great time. We feel grateful to have had their entire family all to ourselves for one evening. It's a rarity!

Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures. But the meal was a success so I thought I would share the menu because I tried some new recipes. For someone - unlike me - who grows a garden with vegetables and fresh herbs, there are a few recipes here that you might be interested in.

Menu (recipes below)
- Grilled chicken tenders - marinated in a store bought lime and garlic marinade
- Pear and Apple Salsa - my friend Jessica gets credit for this recipe - I just added the avocado
- Fresh corn on the cob with basil lime butter
- Lime cilantro rice
- Green bean, corn and tomato salad - this was Julie's lovely contribution
- Limeade with fresh mint - the one herb I do have in my garden!
- For dessert - ice creams pies with caramel sauce

Pear and Apple Salsa - great with chicken, turkey or pork
2 medium pears (I only used one) - diced
1 medium apple - diced
1/3 C red onion - diced
1 avocado - diced
1/4 C cilantro - chopped
1/4 C lime juice
2 t honey
pinch of salt

Basil lime butter for corn on the cob
I broke the cobs in half, boiled them, put them on a serving platter and then drizzled the butter on top. I followed the recipe almost exactly except I didn't use a food processor.
See recipe here:

Lime cilantro rice
This makes a ton of rice. Next time I will cut the recipe in half. And there are so many versions of this - some call for cumin or green chilies. I just make it up as I go along.
6 C chicken broth
3 C rice
2-3 cloves garlic - minced
1/4 C fresh cilantro - chopped
1/4 - 1/3 C lime juice
1 small can of diced green chilies (I only use this some of the time)
Bring chicken broth, rice and garlic to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer 20-25 minutes until rice is done. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Green bean, corn and tomato salad
See recipe here:

Limeade with fresh mint
Instead of floating individual leaves in the limeade - I put two entire stems of leaves in the pitcher. It looked kind of cool. This is wonderful with lemonade too.

Ice Cream Pies
This is the easiest dessert! And you can make all sorts of sauces or toppings to make it more interesting and homemade. The crusts can be made from scratch or save yourself some trouble and buy them at the store. Soften the ice cream, spread in pie shell and refreeze. Here are some of the combinations that I really like:
Pralines and cream ice cream with graham cracker or vanilla wafer crust - caramel sauce
Mint chip ice cream with Oreo cookie crust - chocolate sauce
Vanilla ice cream with Oreo cookie crust - fresh raspberry sauce

Father's Day 2006, Santa Cruz


Anna said...

Those recipes sound GREAT!!!! Can't wait to give some a try.

amushink said...

Mmmm, yum. Thanks for the ideas, Emily. We were recently given an old-fashioned ice cream maker and it has been a hot summer, so we have been cranking out chocolate chip (big success) ice cream and coffee (too crunchy) ice cream. When it is first made, it is a little squishy, I think it will be a big hit if I put it in a pie shell.

The Harrises said...

Oh thank you for the recipes! THose look awesome. Interesting flavors too. Did Liz tell you that we met up with her in DC?