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Menu Plan for the week of June 7, 2013:  Saturday's Recipes

Spinach 'Caprese' Salad
Grilled Balsamic-Glazed Veal Chops
Basmati Rice and Asparagus Gratin

Cooking time:  40 minutes for menu     Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        We don't do veal chops often, but, as the veal is much better than the beef we get,  we love having them done on the grill a few times during the summer.  You could substitute pork chops or a steak. Cook veal chops at the last minute - you don't want to overcook....

Spinach Caprese Salad

Total time: 10 minutes
      Spring is too early for a proper 'Caprese' Salad, but why not improvise with cherry tomatoes and spinach?  

Spinach Caprese Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Grilled Balsamic-Glazed Veal Chops

Total time: 30 minutes
     Simplicity is often best.  A light glaze of Balsamic Vinegar gives these chops a bit of color and a hint of flavor.

Grilled Balsamic-Glazed Veal Chops Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Basmati Rice and Asparagus Gratin

Total time: 40 minutes
     The asparagus is blanched before assembling the gratin, to help keep it's vibrant green color.

Basmati Rice and Asparagus Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 40 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, medium bowl, salad bowl, whisk,
small saucepan, medium saucepan, small skillet,
baking dish, plate, barbecue grill

Cook rice
Heat water in medium saucepan
Mix oil, vinegar, spoon on chops
Trim, cut asparagus
Shred cheese if needed
Prepare spinach
Blanch asparagus
Slice mozzarella, cut cherry tomatoes
Select basil leaves, snip herbs
Drain asparagus, refresh in cold water
Chop onion, slice bacon
Sauté onion, bacon
Turn on / light barbecue grill

Turn on oven, 400F (200C)
When rice is done, spread to cool
Remove onion, bacon from heat, drain fat
Whisk egg
Add milk, tarragon
Oil baking dish
Add cheese, asparagus, rice to eggs, stir
Spoon gratin into dish, bake
Whisk vinegar, oil in salad bowl
Add spinach, herbs, toss to combine
Add bacon, onion, toss to combine
Arrange salad on plates
Top with mozzarella, basil, tomatoes
Serve salad
Done?   Cook chops
Remove gratin
Turn chops
Remove chops
Serve all