It's also the start of summer break. I always dream that I will find a perfect summer job-make a little extra money working at a book store, restaurant, or bakery but it would need to be short hours and great pay to make it worth my while. I like to get a lot of reading, resting, and cleaning done during break.
Here's what I made this week to keep us fed:
1. The black bean soup was amazing! We had it twice. Once just as soup and I served it with sour cream, guac, cilantro, and french bread.
The second time we had it with tortillas and rice, drizzling it together to make burritos. I just had it as soup again as I'm opposed to the big fat flour tortilla.
2. Pork Roast: I am experimenting with meat and I found this at a good price from a good source. I looked at several different recipes and came to the conclusion that I could basically treat it like the pot roast my grandmother made. I used my handy crock pot so it would be ready after I spent the afternoon at the garden. I sautéed onions and garlic, browned the pork on all sides and scooped it into the slow cooker with celery, carrots, a few small yellow potatoes and some vegetable broth. I ate a salad while everyone else seemed to love the roast.
3. Pork Roast part 2: pulled pork sandwiches for lunch today. I read a Ree Drummond post about pulled pork and went with it. Mine was already cooked so all I needed to do was "pull" it all apart. She advised forks but I gave that up quickly and just used my hands. As a veggie I have to admit it felt fatty. Sesame buns, pickles, sweet potato chips, and a veggie tray made a terrific late summer lunch. It would have made a great picnic except it was freezing outside today. Also Groovy Girl refused to eat them; she says BBQ sauce is disgusting. She, like me, ate the side dishes.
4. Rhubarb sauce: I love rhubarb and visited a friend who has a huge patch in her garden. I brought home a hefty stack of stalks and used at least half to whip up this delicious sauce. It's now in my refrigerator in glass canning jars. The taste is amazing.
I cleaned my entire kitchen yesterday also and it looks amazing. I reorganized it so I could clear clutter off the counter tops. I love it. This is my plan for the rest of the house. That is my summer job. Unless a book store moves in downtown.
How was your week in the kitchen?