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Summer Food.

We’ve had a busy few weeks here. Airline travel, half marathon running for doctordad, rain, working for doctormom (writing a grant proposal and a new class), more rain, adopting a new dog, picking up a new (used bike) for the big kid, tennis lessons, the library book sale. So even though we both are home more or less for the summer, meal planning sometimes gets away from us. Take yesterday for instance, we had run out of milk, butter and coffee in the same week. We’d likely have run out of eggs, but we don’t buy those at the store (we pay in advance and get them from the farm weekly).

Yesterday afternoon Doctordad was on his way to the grocery store (err, on the way to his car in the backyard) when our neighbors invited us to join them for dinner. We agreed we’d eat together, co-mingle the previously planned food and make it a date. Our dinner plan was hamburgers and something. It’s summer. Summer is a time for fresh produce (from the same farm). Normally we let our kids pick salad dressings, but since I was bringing the salad over the fence I dressed the salad ahead of time. I picked homemade honey-dijon dressing, the recipe is on page 195 of this book, Feeding the Whole Family. I have yet to make something from this book that I don’t like. The index, not so good. But the recipes are fantastic.

Homeade Honey Dijon Salad Dressing

2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
3 TBS brown rice vinegar (I might have used apple cider because that’s what I had)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
(their recipe calls for 1/3 c fresh basil, but I didn’t have any so I left it out).

Blend it all (you can do it in the blender if you like). I put it into an old apple juice jar that looks something like this and then give it a good shake. We used part of it two weeks ago and I finished off the bottle last night dressing the salad.

apple juice bottle

Fresh lettuce, goats milk feta, a few tomatoes, sunflower seeds and dried blueberries. Yum. Apparently yummy enough for a 2 yr old non-salad eater to give it a go. The 5 yr old and 8 yr old salad eaters both asked for seconds. The 8 yr old would like you to know she’s not actually a salad eater, she just does it because we ask her to (and then goes back for seconds when no one is looking).

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