Patty Melts

John has been on a rye bread kick lately.  Everytime he orders a sandwich, he has asked for rye.  When I make breakfast on the weekend he has been requesting rye toast.  Works for me, I love rye bread.   When I told him we were having burgers for dinner, he asked if he could have rye bread instead of a roll.   I said sure, and proceeded me make a match of caramelized onions so we could have Patty Melts.

patty melts

I made a batch of potato salad as our side dish.  Perfect late summer weekend dinner.  We were busy all day with projects, so making the salad and onions in the morning worked out beautifully.  All I needed to do was grill the burgers and the bread and dinner was served.

He made a “special sauce” to go with his burger – it was a combo of steak sauce and BBQ sauce.  He was thrilled with his concoction.  I am glad he is getting more adventurous!

Chicken and Rice

We seem to eat a lot of rice in this house.  I am totally not sure how this happened??  I LOVE all things starch, to be sure, but honestly, I prefer potatoes to rice.  The hubby will take rice over any other starch – every single time.   I have been trying to limit the amount of carbs I eat so I have been making it more and more often – basically so I am not tempted.

chx and rice

Marinated boneless skinless chicken, grilled outside with a HUGE batch of white rice.  Honestly, I have to limit the amount of rice I make, John has been known to eat three cups of rice at dinner.  That just isn’t normal…..is it?  Anyway, I have been craving fresh and green so I made a BIG salad as our other side dish.

salad

My husband isn’t a fan of vegetables, so his salad is lettuce with croutons and dressing.  I on the other hand, LOVE veggies so this is a picture of my plate.  The onions are pickled red onions that I have in my fridge.  I made a batch a week or so ago and I have been putting them on everything.   I absolutely love that the days are getting warmer and longer, we have been able to eat outside quite a bit lately.  Summer is ALMOST here and I for one, CAN’T WAIT!

BBQ Pork Chops

We LOVE pork in our house.   Mom and I were talking on the phone the other day, she can’t seem to find a decent pork chop where she lives.  She says they are all tough, no matter how she cooks them.  Thankfully, we don’t have that situation here.

pork chop

I picked up thick cut boneless chops, which the hubby grilled for me.  He added some store bought BBQ sauce right before he pulled them off the grill.

I baked off potatoes in the oven and prepared the bagged slaw mix I picked up from the store.  It was an apple slaw.  The dressing was an apple vinaigrette and it was surprisingly good, especially when paired with the pork.

Luck for us, the weather held out again, and we were able to eat outside.  It has been almost non stop rain for the last few days.  Everything is just damp, through and through.  It has been really hot and humid, which doesn’t bother me as much as it does other folks, I just wish the sun was shining.  Yeah, I know, I am probably the only one who craves hot weather and massive amounts of sunshine.  I don’t care – it is what makes me happy!

Steak and Cheesy Potatoes

Memorial Day weekend means great sales on meat that you can grill.   I was in the grocery and they had NY Strip Steaks on sale, they were ridiculously inexpensive.  Normally I buy filets, because I hate wasting food and NY Strip Steaks are usually wayyyy  to much food for me.  Since it was a weekend and both the hubby and I were home, I knew he would eat my leftover steak with eggs for breakfast so I splurged.

steak and cheesy pots

The entire meal was made on the grill.  The steaks were seasoned with Montreal Steak Seasoning.  I cut up potatoes, tossed them with some diced onion, salt, pepper, and olive oil and put them in a pan to roast.  When they were almost done, I sprinkled them with some sharp cheddar cheese.  AWESOME – starch and cheese = amazing!

The asparagus was simply seasoned with salt and pepper and tossed with some olive oil.  Super easy meal, that looked beautiful on the plate and tasted even better.  PLUS we got to eat it outside on the deck.  The rain stopped for just long enough for us to get dinner grilled and eaten. I love that the days are getting longer and we are able to eat outside on the deck!

Pork Tenderloin

Pork, it’s whats for dinner!  We love pork, especially pork tenderloin, and I make it year round.  When I am in a hurry, I pick up one of packages of pre marinated loins for dinner.

pork and pots

I especially like this time of year, when we can do the whole meal outside on the grill –  well – OK – almost the entire meal!  I paired the pork with some pan roasted potatoes.  I peeled and cut the potatoes, tossed them with some olive oil and Montreal Steak Seasoning and cooked them in a disposable aluminum pan on the grill.

To finish out our meal, I made a spinach salad.  I boiled the eggs the day.  After putting the meat and potatoes on the grill, I fried up a bit of bacon, whipped up a quick honey mustard dressing and assembled the salad plates.

spinach salad

I looked almost too pretty to eat!   We were able to sit outside, eat dinner and were treated to a lovely sunset.

sunset

You just can’t ask for a better way to end the day….unless you make cake, then that is TOTALLY the best way to end the day.   I made a Raspberry Buttermilk cake for dessert.  It is a recipe I found a few years back and it is perfect.  Not too sweet, a little tart from the berries, and incredibly moist.  It makes a great breakfast cake.  Sometimes I add a bit of sweetened whip cream, but tonight, was straight up cake – and it was fantastic!

raspberry cake

Grilled Chicken

Oh my goodness, the weather has been gorgeous the last few days, whoo hoooo!  Sunshine and warm temperatures.  I am one very happy girl.  To celebrate, I marinated some boneless, skinless chicken in a lemon garlic marinade and we grilled them for dinner.

chx and orzo

I paired the chicken with a roasted carrot and orzo salad.  My husband LOVES this salad.  It is super easy to make, roast carrots and garlic in the oven, make a dressing of lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, the roasted garlic, and olive oil.  Add in a bunch of sliced scallions and a generous handful of minced dill.   John prefers this dish hot, as soon as I add the cooked orzo to the dressing and carrots, he digs in.  I actually like it room temperature and it can be served cold, it really is incredibly versatile. A few years back, I felt like we were in a summer salad rut – coleslaw, macaroni salad, and potato salad – were all I was making.  I put a moratorium on those three salads and started pulling out cookbooks and scouring the internet for other ideas.  We had some great dishes that summer, but this one had endured, year after year.  It makes a great leftover cold lunch – just slice some chicken, put it on a bed of the salad, and take it to the office.

I really wanted broccoli again, but settled for cauliflower instead.  It made for a very vanilla looking dinner, but it tasted good so who cares!

Pork and Beans

We love pork, especially pork tenderloin!  I picked up a seasoned tenderloin, honey chipotle, from the store.  The weather was FINALLY nice enough to grill out, whooo hooooo!

pork and baked beans

PLUS we got to eat outside, all in all a good day!  I am trying to limit my carbs so I paired the pork with a salad and heated up a can of baked beans for the hubby. He was thrilled.   The tenderloin was incredibly tasty and juicy.  It wasn’t all that “hot” – I expected a bit more kick from something labeled chipotle – but it was rather mild.   It tasted good, just wasn’t what I was expecting.  Either way, it was a beautiful night, the food was delicious, and I got to eat outside.  Have I mentioned how very much I love spring?