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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 8, Wednesday

Grilled French Burgers with Avocado Sauce
Pasta with Fresh Herbs
Sautéed Chard

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Something a little different for the traditional American Burger....

French Burgers with Avocado Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
   Tarragon, parsley and capers give a 'French' flare to these burgers.  The Avocado Sauce is a nice switch from ketchup, or other 'red' sauce and works perfectly with the tart capers.  The Avocado Sauce is also great as a pasta sauce. avocado sauce

 Ingredients:

French Burgers with Avocado Sauce Instructions:

Note: If using dried herbs add another 1 tsp white wine

Pasta with Fresh Herbs

Total time: 25 minutes
    Simple pasta, tossed with a fruity olive oil and fresh herbs.  Serve warm for a simple summer side dish.  Use any combination of herbs you have in the garden or fridge.

Pasta with Fresh Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Chard

Total time: 15 minutes
   Chard, or Swiss Chard, is a slightly bitter green, reminiscent of spinach.  Both stems and leaves are eaten; some cultures preferring one over the other.  We're democratic and eat it all. 

Sautéed Chard Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, 2 medium bowls, whisk, large pot for
pasta, colander, large nonstick skillet or
barbecue grill and grill basket, large skillet
Put water on high heat for pasta
Turn on/light barbecue grill if using
Snip all herbs
Chop capers if needed
Mix all ingredients for burgers, except beef
Add beef, mix well
Shape patties

Wash, trim chard
Start to cook pasta
Cut avocado, scoop out flesh
Mash avocado, add other ingredients, finish
Start to cook burgers
Sauté chard, stir-frying until it fits in skillet
Reduce heat on chard, let cook
Turn burgers
Drain pasta
Heat butter, oil, vinegar, add pasta, stir
Add herbs, stir
Finish chard, sprinkle with soy sauce
Remove burgers, garnish with sauce, serve