Sunday, July 29, 2007

Reunion Food Part Two

Once again the Potter family managed four days of amazing foods cooked under less than optimal circumstances.

Liz's menus had many more options for improvising and for vegetables many ways. This worked. Tim bought the produce and brought amazing eggplant, onions, beets, garlic, and other delicious stuff from the Scattergood School and Farm. Tuesday, Liz and I went shopping for most of the grocery items and she finished up the rest on Wednesday.

We got to the camp and one of the two ovens was eviscerated, a disappointment for sure.

Wednesday night was supposed to be pizza and I made my favorite pizza dough recipe from Anna Thomas's The New Vegetarian Epicure.
1/2 C Milk
3/4 C Warm Water
1 T yeast
1/2 t salt
1t sugar
3 C flour
a bit of olive oil -

I quadrupled the recipe and it made 3 full sheet pans of pizza - I put the cheese only - kid friendly - one in at 500+° oven and then after about 10 minutes when the sausage pepperoni carnivores pizza and the crimini mushroom, sweet pepper, onion, and olive pizza were ready to go in, it occurred to me that the cheese pizza was not almost done (as it should have been). Oven two - out of commission. So we cooked the cheese and vegetable pizzas on the flat top. This was creative, cooked the bottom of the crust nicely, but left the middle of the crust chewier than I love. All in all it worked just fine. That along with cold meat planned for lunches and an enormous, delicious salad by Tim and Duon made the meal late but tasty. We crashed into our tents - tired and full - even though it was still hot and humid and we were feeling cranky.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Reunion Food

Liz has crafted a delicious menu this year - and no tacos! Not that I don't love tacos, but they are a lot of prep time. This year this is what Liz (and I) have come up with:
Wednesday - Pizza and potluck

Thursday -- Mediterranean in feel
Lemon garlic chicken
Grilled vegetables
Salad with feta and olives on the side
Roast eggplant and onions with lemon, basil, and mint

Friday - We are celebrating the year of the Pig!
Grilled Pork Loin with oriental/style rub
Chinese Cabbage Salad
Broccoli with Garlic & Soy
Sushi Rice
Fortune Cookies
Green salad

Saturday - A family Thanksgiving
Turkey & all the fixings
Mashed Potatoes
Durkee Green Bean Delish
Cranberry Orange Salad Raw style

More later - I'll post recipes as we go.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

July food

There is very little cultural blending of food in July except when we hit the July 4th weekend and then head to the shore in August. Summer foods are more regional than cultural I've found. Yesterday we had our annual July 4th food fest. It featured the traditional Tabor foods:
Fried Chicken
Yellow mustard/mayo potato salad
Bing! Cherries
Chips and Lipton Onion Soup Chip Dip

Added to the list this year were:
Salsa and Guacamole with El Milagro Chips
A green bean/new potato salad that is like a ni├žoise salad without the tuna (a nod to my need to lower cholesteral for those I love.)

Missing this year - I had the stuff but lacked the mo-
Homemade ice cream

New beverage of choice for the summer has become the Vodka Tonic with a generous splash of pomegranate juice. Sqeeze of lime. Fruity without being sweet.

We head to the Jersey shore in August. Clam strips and raw bar and bloody marys. Must take the V & T recipe to the shore.

Our family reunion is in three weeks. We spend four days hanging out on the shores of Lake Shetek. Food is a central part of that event. More to come about that.
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