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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 1, Saturday

Crab Louis on Avocado Slices
Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onions
Grilled Spicy Parmesan Potatoes
White Balsamic Glazed Carrots

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

     This is reminiscent of a 'Steak-House' dinner with the crab and steak.  I chose tenderloin, but get any cut you like and as nice as budget allows.    If you can get fresh crab for the starter it would be wonderful, but I used it from a tin.

Crab Louis on Avocado Slices

Total time: 20 minutes  
    Okay, so it's not really Crab Louis: there's no lettuce or hard-boiled egg.  But it is a lovely salad.  Try to get crab meat that's in lumps rather than shredded - if you can find it and it's reasonable.  The better the crab, the nicer the salad.   Fresh, of course would be better, but it's not readily available here. (You could use tuna or salmon)

Crab Louis on Avocado Slices Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onions

Total time: 35 minutes
     With a lovely piece of flavorful, tender filet mignon this is truly marvelous main course. But the savory-sweet onions will make even a lesser cut shine.

Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onions Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:   Could be done under the broiler (grill) or quickly pan fried over high heat for about the same time.

Roast Spicy Parmesan Potatoes

Total time: 30 minutes 
     Simple, grilled or roasted potatoes are perfect with equally simple, grilled meats.  These have a light kick and are finished with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Roast Spicy Parmesan Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

White Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Total time: 30 minutes 
  A bit of sugar emphasizes the natural sweetness of the carrots.

White Balsamic Glazed Carrots  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 40 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, large bowl, 2 medium bowls, small skillet,
lid, medium skillet, grill pan for potatoes, Barbecue
grill, tools

Turn on/light barbecue grill, if using (or oven, 400F)
Slice onion, sauté
Slice potatoes
Mix spices, oil, etc. for potatoes
Add potatoes, toss to coat, cook
Peel, cut carrots
Snip chives
Drain crab meat, add chives
Mind the onions

Grate Parmesan
Make dressing for crab, add half to crab, stir gently
Start to cook carrots
Mind the potatoes
Turn onions to low
Slice tomato, avocado, arrange on plates
Add crab salad, serve, more dressing on the side
Done?
Start to cook steaks
Finish carrots
Remove potatoes, finish
Turn steaks
Finish onions, arrange on plates
Serve carrots, potatoes
Remove steaks, Serve 

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