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Summer Sunday Dinner 6-30-13

I have to have this written and posted before 9pmTrue Blood. A favorite Summertime indulgence.

So tonight I am cooking for myself, and the menu is sauteed chicken, corn on the cob, and peas. Maybe ice cream fro dessert.

For the chicken, I heated some unsalted butter, a bit of virgin olive oil, sage (crushed in my mortar), crushed garlic scapes, sea salt and pepper in a small frying pan on medium heat. As soon as the butter was melted, I added the chicken, and tossed periodically.

I set the water for the corn and peas to boil (separate pots), and cleaned up the kitchen. It’s an effort. My typical MO is to trash the kitchen while cooking and clean up in one fell swoop, after eating.

I got the corn from Wegman’s this afternoon. The display was irresistible. Just inside the front entrance. Lots of people picking and choosing. I didn’t even look to see where it’s from. I know I can get oodles of delicious corn in Lancaster, in about 3 weeks. But I decided not to wait.

The peas are from the Kimberton CSA, hand-picked on a hot Tuesday evening. I remember shelling peas from way back on my grandparents’ farm. Summer hours spent on the porch with my Mom and all of my aunts. A really nice memory. A really nice way to spend time on a hot, summer night. Of course you shell peas in the evening, when all the other chores are done. So I picked as many as I could. The bounty was ample. Then I got home and shelled them. Huh… not such a great serving. Well, enough for one. And those are my peas with tonight’s dinner. I actually had to Google how to cook them. Sugar and snow peas are easy. They are delicious raw. Sweet. What do you do with these little nuggets? See below.

Peas:
Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. While the water is heating, remove the peas from their pods and place in a bowl. When the water reaches a boil, add some salt and the peas. You are just going to cook them for a very short time. Don't leave the stove. Somewhere between ten and thirty seconds. You want them just barely tender, so they still pop in your - mouth, no mushy overcooked peas please. Quickly drain. Return the peas to a bowl with a dollop of butter and a sprinkling of salt.
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000161.html

Summer is the very best time for food. Especially if you belong to a CSA J

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