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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 13, Friday

Tomatoes Stuffed with Prosciutto and Basil
Grilled Salmon with Tomato/Tarragon Sauce
Zucchini (Courgette and Brown Rice Gratin

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

      You could do this dinner in the oven, but we prefer the flavors of the barbecue grill.... Preserving the flavors of summer.  The tomatoes will be baked at 350F (175C) rather than 400F (200C), so they might need an extra 2 - 3 minutes.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Prosciutto and Basil

Total time: 30 minutes
  A little bit of good Prosciutto imparts a lot of flavor to this easy first course.  You could substitute crisp, crumbled, fried bacon or chopped regular ham.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Prosciutto and Basil Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Grilled or Smoked Salmon with Tomato/Tarragon Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
   We lightly smoked the salmon, directions are below...  If you prefer, it can simply be grilled or roasted in the oven. The salt is scraped off before serving.

Grilled or Smoked Salmon with Tomato/Tarragon Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: Salmon should flake easily but not be dry; remove from heat when just barely done.

Zucchini (Courgette) and Rice Gratin

Total time: 55 minutes
The brown rice and zucchini are combined with just a bit of yogurt and cheese to create a creamy gratin.  Try to find a quick-cooking brown rice or adjust the time accordingly.  I use 'Uncle Ben's' which is all I can get.  It looks like brown Basmati and cooks in 15 minutes. You could substitute regular Basmati if you prefer.

Zucchini (Courgette) and Rice Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 60 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, large bowl, whisk, 2 small
saucepans with lids, baking dish, baking sheet,
barbecue grill with basket or mat

Turn oven on 350F (175C); arrange 2 shelves
Start to cook rice
Chop zucchini
Chop onion
Start to cook zucchini, onion
Soak wood chips if using
Snip all herbs
Scoop out tomato
Chop Prosciutto
Make stuffing for tomatoes, stuff, set aside
Oil salmon, add dill, salt, set aside
Chop tomato for sauce

Make Tomato Tarragon Sauce
Bake tomatoes
Remove zucchini from heat
Uncover rice, fluff
Oil baking dish
Whisk eggs in large bowl
Add cheese, yogurt, thyme, whisk
Add half the zucchini, stir
Add remaining zucchini, rice, stir
Spoon into baking dish, bake
Light/turn on barbecue grill
      Pause while stuff cooks
Remove tomatoes when done
Start to cook salmon
Serve tomatoes, garnished with basil... Relax
    Done? Check salmon
Remove gratin
Remove salmon ... Serve