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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 7, Sunday

Melon with Ham
Lemon Chicken Salad

Cooking time: 30 minutes          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       We don't normally have a starter on Sunday.... But, I had 3 slices of Prosciutto left (from a pack of 4 slices), and the melon season is so brief....  Just prepare it, arrange on a plate and nibble while you make the salad. Use the rest of the avocado from Saturday for the salad.  More melon for dessert.  

Melon with Ham

Total time: 10 minutes
       This is a very subjective starter for all its simplicity.  In Spain you would get 4 big wedges of a long, green melon somewhat similar to a honeydew but with a hint of watermelon.  When I would ask what kind of melon it was, I would get an incredibly blank stare and a "how can anyone be that stupid!" look, along with the answer "It's melon!".  The melon would be covered in Iberian, Serrano or Jabugo - types of Spanish dry-cured ham.  In France you will get a small, orange Provençal melon with Bayonne ham.  In Italy, a honeydew with Prosciutto.  Why am I telling you all of this you ask?   Because...

Melon with Ham Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Lemon Chicken Salad 

Total time: 30 minutes
    Lemon marinated chicken and a lemony Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, give this salad a fresh, citrus flavor.  Use any greens that are in season, but I especially like multi-colored Romaine for this.

Lemon Chicken Salad  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium saucepan, strainer, large bowl,
medium skillet, small bowl, whisk, (used 2 X)
dish for marinating, barbecue grill, salad bowl

Turn on/light barbecue grill
Make marinade, pour over chicken
Heat water for beans
Clean, slice melon
Slice Prosciutto if you like
Arrange melon, Prosciutto on platter
Begin nibbling anytime....
Prepare cold water for beans
Trim, cut beans
Blanch beans

Slice pepper
Cut tomatoes
Trim, slice mushrooms
Drain beans, plunge into cold water, drain
Start to cook chicken, reserving marinade
Heat 2 tbs (app.) marinade for mushrooms
Stir-fry mushrooms, remove, set aside
Snip herbs
Prepare lettuce
Turn chicken
Make vinaigrette
Toss lettuce with some vinaigrette
Remove chicken, slice
Slice avocado
Assemble salad, serve
Leftover melon for dessert