Tonight we were invited to a potluck at the beach. I will be honest I am not really a fan of potlucks largely because the food can be less than appetizing but tonight I wished I had a camera to snap a photo of the beautiful spread we enjoyed!
It was market day like I said and so my lunch consisted of shelling peas and strawberries. I bought a large bag/basket of each in the morning and brought them along to for us to finish off as appetizers for dinner.
Potato salad was the official dish I brought and I’ll admit it was rather unconventional.
Tomorrow is market day which means that I go through my produce drawers and clear out my veggies to make way for the delicious new produce that awaits me in the morning. In the summer this usually means a huge salad and tonight is no exception.
I was already out of greens so I sent my daughter into the back yard for lettuce and here is what was in the bottom of my fridge. Most vegetables can go into a salad if they are cut appropriately.
beets (I didn’t manage to use all of these)
I also had a zucchini which I diced and added to our last jar of salsa from last summer along with some diced garlic scapes.
Everything went into a picnic basket and we headed to the park for the evening!
Where I live every night of the summer we have Music in the Park from 7-8:30pm. It is such a lovely way to spend a summer evening that I find I am constantly trying to make portable easy dinners so that we can enjoy the spontaneity of all summer has to offer. I cooked a chicken last night and we still have a fridge full of cherries which led to the inspiration for tonight’s dinner.
I’ve been making chicken salad after a recipe from the Narrows restaurant (I think that’s where it came from), adding a tablespoon of stone ground mustard to mayonnaise, balsalmic vinegar, and a shot of hot sauce to the mayo and throwing in dried cherries (Michigan’s are the best), and walnuts with the onion.
It’s slaughtering season which means fresh meat. Yum. For someone who was a vegetarian for most of their life I sure do love fresh meat and there is nothing quite like a roasted chicken, except maybe a roasted duck….anyway…