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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 1, Thursday

Grilled Ham with Red-Eye Glaze
Barley Pilaf
Grilled Zucchini (Courgette)

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

    No need to be careful with the basting sauce for this dish as the ham is already cooked.  Use it for basting, then finishing.  Both the zucchini and the ham will cook quickly.

Grilled Ham with Red Eye Glaze

Total time: 15 minutes
    A Southern Classic, moved to the barbecue grill.  The glazed is boiled to reduce it a bit, then used both to baste the ham and as a finishing sauce.  As the ham is already fully cooked, this is a very quick dish.

Grilled Ham with Red Eye Glaze Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Barley Pilaf

Total time: 25 minutes
   Barley is a hearty, nutritious grain; easy to cook and flavorful.  I get the quick-cooking barley which takes 15 minutes.  Here it's cooked in chicken stock with sautéed carrots and onion; a pretty, flavorful side dish.

Barley Pilaf Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Grilled Zucchini (Courgette)

Total time: 20 minutes
     Did I mention that the hubs does all of the outdoor cooking?  He is convinced that he can cook anything on the grill.  When he saw the pile of zucchini becoming a mountain last summer he tried this.... and it was good.

Grilled Zucchini (Courgette) Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: You can fry them in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat for 8 minutes a side, until they develop light brown spots.  Use 1 tbs butter and 1 tbs olive oil.  They will absorb and then release the oil.  You can drain them briefly on paper towels before adding salt, pepper and Parmesan.

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
plate, 2 small saucepans, one lid, barbecue grill
or skillet
Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Make glaze, heat, reduce
Chop onion, carrot
Sauté onion, carrot
Slice courgette

Add barley, stock, soy, sherry to carrot/onion
Cover, simmer
Dip courgette slices in oil
Start to grill courgette
Start to grill ham, baste
Grate Parmesan if needed
Baste ham, turn, baste
Turn courgette
Mind the food, remove when done
Stir barley, serve everything