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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 12, Day 1

Lightly Smoked Cod
Potato and Onion Packets with Gruyère
Asparagus with Sesame Seeds

Cooking time:  45 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     The fish is not done in a smoker, but on the barbecue with a few wood chips to add flavor. Perfect summer cooking - easy, all done on the barbecue grill.

Lightly Smoked Cod

Total time: 30 minutes
  This is a cross between smoker cooking and grilling, and it flavored the cod perfectly:  a light smoke and dill combination.  It needed nothing else.

Lightly Smoked Cod Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Potato and Onion Packets with Gruyère

Total time: 40 minutes  
   A summer version of Potatoes Savoyard.  It's cooked on the barbecue grill, wrapped in foil.  Use sweet onions if you can get them, otherwise regular yellow onions are fine.  Dried herbs work best in this, use any you like.

potatoes foil Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: Can be baked at 400F for 30 minutes - just put packets on rack in middle of oven... you won't get the nice, crispy cheese, though..

Asparagus with Sesame Seeds or Chinese Asparagus Salad

Total time: 30 minutes 
    Adapted from the book of '!,000 Chinese Recipes), this is wonderful as a vegetable, on a bit of lettuce as a first course salad, or as part of a Chinese meal.  It's best served at room temperature.  

Asparagus with Sesame Seeds Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium saucepan, medium bowl, foil, wood chips,
barbecue grill, grill pan or mat, BBQ tools
Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Soak wood chips
Heat water for asparagus
Slice onions, cheese, potatoes for packets
Prepare potato / onion packets
Prepare fish
Drain wood chips, wrap in foil if needed

Put fish in basket or on mat
Put fish, potatoes on grill
Add wood chips, partially cover
Trim, cut asparagus
Blanch asparagus
Mix soy sauce, sugar, oil
Drain asparagus, refresh in cold water, dry
Add asparagus to soy sauce mixture, stir well
Check the grill to make sure all is cooking
     Pause while fish, potatoes cook
Stir asparagus
When potatoes, fish are done, remove and serve