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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 9, Wednesday

Sausages with Tomatoes, Shallots and Onions
Pasta with Fresh Herbs

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

          We tend to forget that onions are in season, now, too.  They're wonderful on the grill.  This will be perfect if you have a CSA and get fresh onions, if not, use a Vidalia, Walla Walla or other sweet onion.

Grilled Sausages with Tomatoes, Shallots and Onions

Total time: 20 minutes
    Get any variety of sausage that looks good.  I normally fix 8 but they are quite skinny - less then 12oz total weight  Italian, either hot or sweet would work well here.  The onions should be brown in places, soft in places and a bit crunchy in places...

Sausages  Ingredients: 

 Instructions:

Pasta with Fresh Herbs

Total time: 25 minutes 
    Simple pasta, tossed with a fruity olive oil and fresh herbs.  Serve warm for a simple summer side dish.  Use any combination of herbs you have in the garden or fridge.

Pasta with Fresh Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium bowl, pot for pasta, colander,
barbecue grill and grill pan or baking sheet for oven
Put water on high heat for pasta
Light/turn on barbecue grill or oven (400F, 200C)
Cut onions, shallots
Toss with oil, vinegar, cook
Snip all herbs
Cut cherry tomatoes in half
    Pause while veg cooks

Start to cook sausages
Stir onions
Start to cook pasta
    Pause some more
Mind the sausages
Add tomatoes to onions
Drain pasta
Heat butter, oil, vinegar in pasta pot over low heat
Add pasta, stir
Remove from heat, add herbs, finish
Remove sausages, onions
Serve