Thursday, August 14, 2008

Some fast meals

Our meals for the past two nights have been very fast, really delicious and a great use of some produce that we're trying to use up before this weekend's market.

Tuesday night I made paninis. You know, those squished, grilled sandwiches that have taken Starbucks by storm....ugh. Anyway, I got some nice bread from the bakery and started with the filling. I used some fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, roasted red peppers and some homemade pesto. You can see the green coming through the bread! I added a few small slices of deli turkey to make the sandwich more substantial for dinner. Perhaps I had too much filling, the sandwich didn't really squish down, but dang was it good. Dagwood would be jealous.

Last night, Wednesday, I grilled some pork chops which I seasoned with a blend of things. It really shouldn't have worked, but it did. I used some Jerk seasoning, some Chili con Carne seasoning, some Adobo Criollo seasoning and a pinch of oregano. (Jamaican, Texan and Puerto Rican/Hispanic worked really well!) I liberally coated the chops and let them sit for about 30 minutes before I started cooking. The grilled for about 4-4 1/2 minutes per side.

Then I made a really wonderful veggie saute as the side. I sauted some onions in 2 TB of butter, then added some shallots. Once they just started to brown I added about 1/2 a green bell pepper and 1/2 a jalapeno. Let those go for awhile until soft. Add the corn from two ears of corn. Add the very end I added about half a tomato. Seasong with salt & pepper and a few pinches of cumin and coriander. If you have some, add a sprinkle of chopped cilantro.

The jalapenos, corn and tomatoes are from the last Market. All are wonderful! Great flavor and mild heat in the peppers. The corn and tomatoes are super sweet!

And the entire meal took less than 10 minutes cooking time. Woo hoo.

And in other news...
We've adopted! This is "Shorty." She'll be moving in on Monday. Her human's young child developed an allergy and she's looking for new human's to care for her. We're very excited and ready to give her a full home to rule over. For the the first few days she'll be known as "TBD" until we find a name that fits her better and suits us.

Sorry folks...that might mean Caturday updates on a regular basis!!!!


Anonymous said...

I'm so excited you've got a cat!!! She's very pretty- can't wait to meet her! -Liz

Dancer in DC said...

Both of these meals were very satisfying, and the fresh market produce really makes a difference in flavor - particularly with the corn saute'. Yum!

Lady Brandenburg said...

Lord B's reaction: Everyone gets a pet but me! :(


ScottE. said...

But he's got babies....!!!

But I hear him...this is the first time in 14 years when I've been ALLOWED to have a I'm very excited. Dorms and apartments be damned!

Stef said...

Yay for TBD Kitty! Can't wait to meet Cleo's cousin. :-)

And your paninis look YUM-E.

Kelly Marsh said...

Those panini's look delicious!!! Love Shorty too!!