home cooked dinners by the season

Category: Summer

Mac ‘n Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Rosemary

Mac ‘n Cheese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Rosemary

For a young Mom yearning for a night out of the house it was an easy thing to leave for the baby sitter. Anyone can follow those directions and make it.  And I redeemed myself by leaving instructions for steaming fresh broccoli and where to…

Auggie’s Chicken Stir-Fry

Auggie’s Chicken Stir-Fry

“Jeunes filles dans la cuisines, jeunes filles dans la cuisines”. Each time he said it his voice would get louder and his head would shake from side to side. I remember it like it was yesterday, particularly his tone and his French accent. And even…

Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp

Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp

Summer is nearly over and I am stubbornly and sadly hanging on. There have not been enough clear blue skies from dawn to dusk for me to accept that it’s Labor Day weekend. With a heart still hoping for more summer I am giving you…

Asian Glazed Grilled Salmon

Asian Glazed Grilled Salmon

A good salmon recipe should highlight and not overpower the naturally rich flavor and texture of this well loved fish. Whisking together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey and a bit of garlic and ginger doubles as a sauce to brush on and briefly marinate the…

Dungeness Crab Angel Hair Pasta

Dungeness Crab Angel Hair Pasta

I think this is the simplest recipe I’ve posted. Dungeness crab inspires this. So good on its own, it needs very little to enhance its sweet flavor and delicate texture. Just a little garlic carefully cooked over low heat to release its flavor then marinated…

Middle Eastern Greens and Couscous Salad

Middle Eastern Greens and Couscous Salad

My daughter brought home a take out salad a few weeks ago excited for me to try it because she thought it was amazing. Just one bite into it and I agreed. It reminded me of a salad recipe  I used in my summer salad…

Grilled Hanger Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Hanger Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Most people are more familiar with cooking and eating flank steak than they are with hanger steak. Hanger steak gets its name from its location of the diaphragm muscle that “hangs” on the underside of the cow. Flank steak is also from the underside but…

Rubbed Chicken Skewers with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Rubbed Chicken Skewers with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Dry rubs are a fast alternative to marinating. You can rub them on for as little as 30 minutes before grilling to impart flavor. They work especially well for something like boneless, skinless chicken breast that cooks quickly but needs the extra flavor that the…

Fourth of July Accompaniments

Fourth of July Accompaniments

Our Fourth of July dinner menu is always centered on barbecue pork back ribs (see June 27, 2011 post for the recipe). And this crazy side dish with beans, bacon and brown sugar. In the spirit of grilling and using recipes with olive oil rather…

Camper’s Foil Packet Dinner

Camper’s Foil Packet Dinner

I was homesick the first time I went to summer camp. All I could think about was getting through the week so I could return home. So the first time our daughter went away to camp I was nervous she might feel the same way.…

Louisiana-Style Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Louisiana-Style Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

This recipe is a long-standing loyal member of my arsenal of dependable and favorite dinner recipes. I have been making it for many, many years and to date, my family or friends have never tired of it. It was also a favorite at my cooking…

Fresh Basil Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

Fresh Basil Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

You can enjoy the last remnants of summer and make this warm sandwich for dinner during Labor Day weekend. It goes together quickly, can be doubled for a large group of people and is the perfect way to enjoy fresh fragrant basil, juicy ripe tomatoes…

Roasted Hazelnut Grilled Salmon

Roasted Hazelnut Grilled Salmon

Even though summer is winding down, I know everyone is still looking for ways to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible and as much time outside enjoying what remains of the season. And summer cooking does not get any easier than this.…

Greek Chicken Skewers

Greek Chicken Skewers

These easy skewers feature the savory flavor combination of lemon, oregano and garlic that is so prevalent in Greek cooking. I love them for summer dinners as you can marinate the chicken the night before and throw them on the grill just before you want…

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Some of my fondest food memories are from the summer months when the local Dungeness crab season is open. This began when our kids were toddlers and we lived on San Juan Island. In the beginning I complained about the piles of chicken bait crowding…

Pistachio and Fresh Basil Pasta

Pistachio and Fresh Basil Pasta

Summer might be arriving in Seattle. We all know it is long overdue. It is possible that the long cycle of gray, wet and cold weather is over and we can finally bring out summer clothes and recipes. Fragrant fresh basil and nutty pistachios laced…

4th of July Rubbed Barbecue Pork Back Ribs

4th of July Rubbed Barbecue Pork Back Ribs

I’m not sure how long you have to do something before it qualifies as a tradition, but this will be our fifth year barbecuing pork back ribs for our Fourth of July dinner, so its probably safe to say that it is for us. Pork back ribs…

Grilled Chicken Chop Salad

Grilled Chicken Chop Salad

It took a warm weather vacation and my girlfriend’s encouragement for me to take shortcuts with this salad. Until I visited her, I happily did all the chopping, measuring and whisking. But with a vacation mentality I didn’t want to do all the prep even…