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Menu Plan for the week of July 5, 2013:  Monday's Recipes

Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Marinade
Pasta with Peanut Sauce
Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

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

     A bit of an Oriental theme for tonight's dinner.  We do rather love peanut butter...

Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Marinade

Total time: 30 minutes
   Similar to a Satay, this slightly spicy marinade goes well with pork.  For maximum flavor, poke the pork with a fork after adding the marinade to allow it to penetrate the meat.  We had thin chops that cook quickly; try not to overcook, slightly pink is now preferred for pork.

Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Marinade Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Pasta with Peanut Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
    
Peanut butter, sherry, fresh herbs... It's a simple sauce, rich, creamy and full of flavor.  It is meant to be served just barely warm or at room temperature.  

Pasta with Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

Total time: 20 minutes
   A simple summer dish!  Use any fresh herbs you have, but basil, summer savory and chives are especially good with beans.  Use one or any combination.

Green Beans with Butter and Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  If you prefer your beans to be more on the crisp side:  Bring a medium saucepan half full of water to a boil over medium-high heat.  Add beans and blanch for 4 minutes.  Remove, drain and immediately plunge into cold water until cool.  Drain.  When adding to butter and herbs, stir-fry for 1 minute to warm.

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl (used 2X), dish for marinating,
medium bowl, pot and colander for pasta, barbecue
grill, small skillet with lid, small saucepan

Turn on/light barbecue grill if using
Put water on high heat for pasta
Make marinade for pork, spoon over pork, set aside
Top and tail beans, cut
Make Peanut Sauce for pasta, gently heat

Snip all herbs
Start to cook pasta
Start to cook chops
   Pause while stuff cooks
Turn chops
Start to cook beans
When pasta it done, drain, toss with sauce
Remove chops
Drain beans, add butter, herbs, stir well
Add herbs to pasta, stir gently
Serve