Friday, August 14, 2009

Still Summer???

I've never been a summer person. My usual organized, hyperactive self slows down, and the items on my perpetual to do lists don't get checked off with their usual regularity. My summer shabbat menus are a result of my more relaxed (lazy?) demeanor.

But by the middle of August, I'm getting tired of "summer foods". Combine that salad overload with the beginning of holiday meal planning, and I'm ready to reintroduce some cooked, hot foods to the menu. Could be my nice new air conditioner has something to do with it ;-)

This shabbat segues my menus from Summer to Fall, though I will continue with the "this is what I made, eat it at whatever meal you want" idea - Shabbat Lunch in the summer should be relaxed and easy.

Chicken Soup (yup, put it up at 7am!) with noodles

Grilled Steak and Chicken Cutlets
Egg Rolls
Basmati Rice (the extra cold rice will become fried rice on sunday)
Israeli Salad
Broccoli/Sun Dried Tomato Salad - (a new one - if it's good, I'll post it)
Sesame Eggplant Salad (another new one - ditto)
Corn (hey, even if I'm tired of summer, it's still soooo good)
Napa Cabbage Salad (shredded cabbage, cilantro leaves barely chopped, soy/toasted sesame oil/shriracha/honey dressing)

And last night I was feeling amazingly energetic, and in addition to getting the whole house cleaned, I baked. So for dessert we'll have

chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars and oatmeal cookies

Shabbat Shalom!

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