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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 3, Sunday

Grilled Pork Chops
German Summer Potato Salad
Cucumber Salad
Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Cooking time: 30 minutes plus 8 earlier           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       Barbecue grill and summer salads.... What more to say?  Both the Potato and the Cucumber salads will be finished later in the week.  Because it's hard to gauge the size of packaged, fresh mozzarella, we have a salad to use up any leftovers from Friday.

Grilled Pork Chops 

Total time: 30 minutes
    This is a simple marinade that works well with chicken and beef, too.  The chops marinate in the time it takes to get the grill ready.

Grilled Pork Chops Ingredients:

 Instructions:

German Summer Potato Salad

Total time: 35 minutes
  This recipe is based on one from the Time Life "Foods of the World" series that I have had for years.  The first time I had a similar salad was in Germany,  I had expected the typical Midwestern version of Hot German Potato Salad and was wonderfully surprised by this light salad, perfect for summer, and much lower in calories than other potato salads.  This recipe serves 4 and in our menu is meant for 2 meals. 

German Summer Potato Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Total time: 16 minutes     divided: 8 minutes,  wait 4-10 hours, 8 minutes
    Another summer classic, this is loosely based on my mother's recipe - which was her mother's.  She used cream, I use yogurt but the taste is surprisingly similar.  I can't be real specific here - I never measure and it depends on how big the cukes are, etc. But this is an easy 'taste and adjust' salad.  Just play with it until you like it - you really can't screw it up (unless you try to hurry)

Creamy Cucumber Salad Ingredients:

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This will keep a week, but it never lasts that long at our house.

Tomato Mozzarella Salad 

Total time: 5 minutes
  A small Caprese Salad to use up Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes - and because it's summer... 

Tomato Mozzarella Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes plus 8 earlier
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, large bowl, small plate, weight, strainer,
slicer, small bowl, marinating dish, large saucepan,
medium saucepan, barbecue grill or large skillet
Early in the day:
Peel and slice cucumber
Peel onion, stud half with cloves reserve rest
Put onion in bowl, layer cucumbers, salt
Put weight on cukes, set aside
Dinner:
Make marinade and spoon on chops
Bring water to boil over high heat for potatoes
Turn on/light barbecue grill

Slice potatoes, cook
Chop onion
Sauté onion
Add stock, mustard, vinegar to onion, boil
Remove from heat, add lemon juice
Drain and rinse cukes, squeeze almost dry
Drain potatoes, put in bowl
Pour sauce over potatoes, stir, set aside to cool
Start to cook chops
Add lemon, oil, yogurt to cukes, stir
Snip chives, add to cukes, stir, taste, adjust
Turn chops
Stir potatoes
Make the tomato mozzarella salad
Remove pork and serve all