Well, it’s Memorial Day, so I’m guessing most of you are doing what we’re doing (provided the weather holds up): grilling. Jeff has a ton of chicken and ears of corn ready to be grilled, and I’ve made vats of salsa and guacamole – and for us, that’s about as perfect a meal as it gets. So, for another day when you’re not lighting the charcoal, here are some good eats:
- Green Beans with Eggs, Chilies & Cilantro – This was a personal fave, though Jeff dubbed it “chick food” (meaning it wasn’t full of meat and as substantive as he’d like it). The cilantro, walnuts and chilies gave it such a great flavor and with some warm tortillas? Yum.
- Homemade Gyros – These were flavorful and so refreshing – a perfect warm-day meal. I used ground pork instead of veal (what can I say? I’m cheap), and I would definitely recommend using Greek yogurt for the tzatziki, as mine was pretty watery. Speaking of which, I added the fresh mint and a whole lot of dried dillweed, plus a little salt, to get the right flavor. It wasn’t worthy of eating straight but with everything else it was delish.
- Creamy Irish Style Macaroni & Cheese – Jeff and I loved this… Olive not so much. I used mascarpone & cream cheese in place of the farmhouse cheese and the flavor was awesome – I love me some Dubliner!
- Hearty Minestrone – I love love love this recipe, and it was just right for the wacky cold weather we had a few days last week. Simple, flavorful… those green beans make it divine. It’s even better the next day, after the flavors have really melded.
- Orzo with Mushrooms – So quick and easy I was dubious as to how good it could be – but YUM! (Disclaimer: I added much more butter than the recipe calls for. But they called it comfort food… to me that says “add all the butter you want.” Right?)
- Meatballs with Peas – Sounded like an odd combination to me but our family loves this one. I have to reign myself in from eating all the meatballs before I get the sauce on & cook it all together… especially once they soak up all that white wine. Mmmmm.
- Almond Cake – Almond is one of my favorite flavors and yet I had somehow never cooked with almond paste before. This has a nice, crumby crust and a moist middle and is a fabulous breakfast with coffee, snack with tea, or dessert with wine. It hasn’t lasted more than a day in our house, which says a lot for a cake.
Sausage and Corn Quesadillas
- 1 (12 ounce) package hot Italian sausage
- 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 12 flour tortillas
- 2 cups Jack cheese grated
- 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
- 1 (7 oz) package frozen corn thawed
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil