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Menu Plan for the week of July 19, 2013:  Tuesday's Recipes

Pasta with Tomato, Avocado, Mozzarella and Sausages
Sweet Corn

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

     The sweet corn is optional - but if you happen to pass by a farm stand on the way home....

Pasta with Tomato, Avocado, Mozzarella and Sausages 

Total time: 25 minutes
     This was inspired by a Tomato, Avocado and Mozzarella salad I saw in a Williams-Sonoma cook book.  I am always looking for light summer meals, so I added pasta, some chives, basil and a light vinaigrette. To round it out we grilled sausages, sliced them and added them to the pasta.  You could also use ham or smoked turkey.

Pasta with Tomato, Avocado, Mozzarella and Sausages Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  You can put the pasta into a salad bowl, then arrange the avocado, or mound it in the center of a large platter, avocado slices around the edge.

Sweet Corn 

Total time: 15 minutes  
   Nothing says summer like corn on the cob.  We've tried roasting it and boiling it... and if I ever find a method that is better than plain old steaming I'll add it to the recipes....

Sweet Corn Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, pot for pasta, colander, barbecue grill or
skillet, large bowl for salad, tongs (for tossing),
large pot with steamer basket for corn
Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Put water on high heat for pasta
Heat water for corn
Shuck corn
Slice tomatoes, cut mozzarella
Start to cook pasta

Snip herbs
Start to cook sausages
Whisk oil and vinegars
Cut, slice avocado
Steam corn
Mind the sausages
When pasta is done, drain, rinse, put into serving bowl
Remove sausages, slice
Add sausages, chives, tomatoes, mozzarella to pasta
Add vinegar/oil and toss to combine
Add basil and avocado
Remove corn and serve