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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 12, Sunday

Barbecued Chicken
German Summer Salad
Roasted Asparagus
Tomato Garlic Salad

Cooking time:  60 minutes for menu       Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

          The official beginning of summer is the first barbecued chicken.  A whole chicken will probably give you a few pieces leftover for lunch; or you can just get your favorite pieces.  The barbecue sauce will keep for a week and is good with everything - like the burgers later in the week.  With the chicken we are having the first of our summer potato salads.  

Barbecued Chicken 

Total time: 60 minutes
  As it is assumed people want to do most things for themselves here, we have to buy the whole chicken and cut it up - otherwise we might not get the feet... Get a cut-up chicken or packages of your preferred pieces, freezing what you don't use for another day.

Barbecued Chicken Ingredients:

 Instructions:

German Summer Potato Salad

Total time: 35 minutes 
  This recipe is based on one from the Time Life "Foods of the World" series that I have had for years.  The first time I had a similar salad was in Germany,  I had expected the typical Midwestern version of Hot German Potato Salad and was wonderfully surprised by this light salad, perfect for summer, and much lower in calories than other potato salads.  This recipe serves 4 and in our menu is meant for 2 meals. 

German Summer Potato Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Roasted Asparagus

Total time: 25 minutes 
    Roasting vegetables is so easy, a bit of olive oil, pop them in the oven and forget about them.  Them come out crisp tender, ready to be eaten as is or enhanced with a sprinkling of fresh herbs.

Roasted Asparagus Ingredients:

 Instructions

Tomato Garlic Salad 

Total time: 10 minutes 
   I prefer to make this with cherry or grape tomatoes (from my garden) but any, fresh, vine-ripened tomato will work.  I make it on Sunday, we have some every night and I just add more tomatoes to it all week as they ripen, - starting fresh whenever we finish it all... 

Tomato Garlic Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 60 minutes for menu
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
2 small saucepans, medium saucepan, 2 medium
bowls, barbecue grill and grill tools

Light/turn on barbecue grill
Put water on high heat for potatoes
Tend the chicken, sprinkle / salt, pepper, paprika
Start to cook chicken
Cut potatoes, add to boiling water, reduce heat
Chop onion, sauté
Put all ingredients for BBQ sauce in saucepan, heat
Mince garlic, put in bowl with oil
Add remaining ingredients to onions (not lemon)

Cut tomatoes, add to garlic
Snip all herbs, divide, add some to tomatoes
Add salt to tomatoes, stir well
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Drain potatoes, put in bowl
Add lemon to sauce, pour over potatoes, stir
Remove barbecue sauce for basting, baste chicken
Trim asparagus, peel if needed
Put asparagus on baking sheet, oil, bake
      Pause whilst chicken, asparagus cook
Baste chicken, stir potatoes, stir tomatoes
Repeat
Finish asparagus
When chicken is done, remove, Serve