Mon | Dinner salad
Popcorn Shrimp lends salty crunch to a big green salad. Start with ice-cold iceberg and add diced cucumber and sliced red onion, plus a sprinkling of feta cheese. Drizzle with a creamy Italian dressing. Bake frozen popcorn shrimp and toss on the salad.
Tues | Fancy night in
Pan-Seared Scallops With Bacon and Spinach (recipe below) is a light and flavorful dish that could double as a first course for a fancy dinner. I'd serve it straight up for dinner with warm rolls or a tasty baguette.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Carve up the bird and serve it with Penne With Lemon Artichoke Pesto. To make the pesto, pulse 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, 8 cloves garlic, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, two shakes cayenne pepper, 1 cup walnuts, 1/3 cup canola oil, 1/3 cup olive oil plus salt to taste in a food processor until smooth. Stir in one 8-ounce package of thawed and chopped frozen artichokes and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. You'll have enough pesto for a pound of penne.
Thurs | Press on
Make authentic Ybor City Cuban Sandwiches tonight, and that means no mayonnaise, lettuce or tomatoes. (Though who is to stop you from improvising?) The three-pork sandwich (ham, dry salami and roast pork) is grilled on Cuban bread with yellow mustard, Swiss cheese and a dill pickle slice. Not to worry if you don't have a fancy sandwich press. Grill them on the stove with a heavy pan to press them thin. Serve with yellow rice, black beans and plantain chips.
Fri | Here's the beef
New York strip steaks on the grill topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions. A classic baked potato on the side. Cold, cold Caesar on the side of that. Pop a bottle of my new favorite wine, malbec from Argentina. Hello, weekend.
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