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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 11, Friday

Oriental Asparagus Salad
Teriyaki Grilled Swordfish
Pasta with Peanut Sauce
Sesame Carrots

Cooking time:  35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      It's not often that I can get the 'larger' ocean fish, here, like tuna or sword fish, but they work so nicely on the grill I always buy them when I seem them in the summer.

Oriental Asparagus Salad

Total time: 30 minutes 
     I often fix this as a vegetable for a Chinese Dinner but, since I now have some lettuce in my garden, I thought to pair it with some eggs and cherry tomatoes for a first course salad. You could substitute avocado for the asparagus, or just use more greens. 

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Teriyaki Grilled Swordfish

Total time: 15 minutes  
       The steaks we had were quite thin, about 1/3" (1cm).  They cooked very quickly on the grill, about 2 minutes per side.  If you prefer, you can quickly pan-fry them for about the same amount of time. We use a grill basket for fish; it makes it easier to handle the filets or steaks.  You could also use a silicone mat - but no grill marks!

Teriyaki Grilled Swordfish Ingredients:

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Pasta with Peanut Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
    
Peanut butter, sherry, fresh herbs... It's a simple sauce, rich, creamy and full of flavor.  It is meant to be served just barely warm or at room temperature.  

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Sesame Carrots

Total time: 25 minutes 
    Carrots are the workhorse of the vegetable world, at least in my kitchen.  But that's no reason why they can't be interesting.

Sesame Carrots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl (use 2X), whisk, medium bowl,
salad spinner or towels, colander, large pasta pot,
2 small saucepans, medium saucepan, small skillet
with lid, barbecue grill, grill basket or large skillet
Cook eggs
Put water on high heat for pasta
Put water on high heat for asparagus
Trim, cut asparagus
Trim, cut carrots
Mince garlic
Wash salad greens, spin dry Refrigerate if possible
Blanch asparagus
Prepare cold water
Make dressing for asparagus
Refresh asparagus in cold water
Dry asparagus, put into bowl, add dressing, stir
Cook pasta

Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Mind the eggs
Make vinaigrette for salad
Put ingredients for peanut sauce in pan, heat, stir
Snip herbs
Cut tomatoes
Toast sesame seeds if needed
Sauté garlic for carrots
Add carrots, etc. cover, simmer
Peel, slice eggs
Toss lettuce/greens with vinaigrette, taste, adjust
Arrange salad on plates
Drain pasta, put in bowl, add sauce, stir
Serve salad, relax, enjoy
Done?  Cook fish
Stir pasta, add herbs, stir
Uncover carrots
Turn fish
Finish carrots, fish
Serve