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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 8, Saturday

Tomato, Mozzarella and Avocado Salad
Smoked, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Pesto Potato Salad
Green Bean with Bacon and Shallots

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

        We added an avocado to the traditional Caprese Salad for a simple first course, and purchased pesto for an easy potato salad.... Summer cooking should be easy!  But, if you have lots of basil, the recipe for home-made pesto is included.

Tomato, Mozzarella and Avocado Salad

Total time: 10 minutes 
    The traditional Caprese Salad is just garden ripened tomatoes with Mozzarella de Bufala.  We added an avocado for a salad with the colors of the Italian flag...  Fresh mozzarella comes in a round, ball shape, packed in liquid, usually in a bag.  Save any leftover cheese in the liquid, in a small bowl.

Tomato, Mozzarella and Avocado Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: if you have nice cruets for the oil and vinegar use them.  If not small bowls with small spoons work fine - or, just put the bottles on the table.....

Smoked, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Total time: 40 minutes 
    The pork is lightly smoked, using a regular grill (either charcoal or gas) rather than a proper smoker.  The pink color is a result of the smoking. 

Smoked, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: You could also roast in the oven for 25 minutes, 400F (200C).

Pesto Potato Salad

Total time: 25 minutes  
   Pesto is not just for pasta!  A spoonful in this or that adds a depth of summery basil flavor.  Or use a lot, for this creamy potato salad.  As usual, we try to keep the calories and fat down by using yogurt rather than mayonnaise.

Pesto Potato Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Homemade Pesto                     Time: 10 minutes

 Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots 

Total time: 30 minutes 
Using bacon and onion or shallots to flavor green beans goes back to my childhood.  My mother would 'cook up a mess of beans', with lots of bacon and onion to flavor them, then finish the whole lot off with heavy cream.  It was wonderful.... I try for the flavor without quite so much artery clogging fat!

Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 40 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, medium bowl, small skillet, lid,
small saucepan with lid, barbecue grill and tools,
foil, bowls or cruets for oil and vinegar
Soak wood chips
Turn on / light barbecue grill
Chop capers, olives
Slice pork
Spread mustard, paprika, capers, olives on pork, tie
Put pork, (basting once), wood chips on barbecue
Sauté bacon
Slice potatoes, cook
Top, tail beans, cut
Turn bacon
Chop shallots

Remove bacon, sauté shallots
Slice tomatoes, mozzarella
Mix pesto, yogurt
Drain fat from shallots
Add beans, water, to shallots, cover, cook
Slice avocado
Arrange salad, garnish with basil
Drain potatoes, put in bowl
Turn beans to very low
Baste pork
Serve salad, with oil and vinegar
Relax, enjoy
Done? Check beans, adjust heat or finish
Remove pork, let rest
Finish potato salad
Remove string from pork
Slice and serve

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