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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekend Cooking- New Summer Recipes

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Although we have been visiting many of the restaurants in our neighborhood, I did try a few new recipes recently, and not one of them was a clunker. (My usual rate is one of three for new recipes that didn't work out.) And since it's summer, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen, so these three were easy and light.

We like chicken thighs, so this one of chicken baked with white wine, garlic and herbs sounded so easy  that it was no coincidence it comes from the Simply Delicious website. You just fry bone-in chicken thighs in an oven proof skillet, add some garlic, wine, herbs and a touch of cream and then bake in the oven for 15 minutes. So easy and tasty, this is something you can whip up on a week night.

From Simply Delicious

I also tried Barefoot Contessa's Linguine With Shrimp Scampi, which is perfect for a hot summer evening. It's so light and refreshing, and Ina Garten's recipes are always full of fresh flavor. I even had enough leftovers for lunch the next day. I like to use fresh linguine from Agata & Valentina, a local Italian grocer.

From Food Network

On the night I made the scampi, I tried Oven Roasted Corn. I had never roasted corn on the cob, but it turned out great. I liked it quite much, but my dining companions turned their noses up at it. I guess they are traditional when it comes to corn on the cob- boiled in a pot of water on the stove. Next time, I may try it boiled in milk, another Pinterest idea I saw.

Next I'm looking for recipes for our trip back home. Anyone have ideas for appetizers or desserts? Share them in comments below.


  1. these all look good. I was given The Barefoot Contessa in Paris and cannot wait to try out the recipes.

  2. We don't put our oven on that much in the summer, but I might try the roasted corn on the gas grill! I'm pinning the chicken thighs recipe to try when the cooler weather comes back. The pasta looks delicious, too, but too many carbs! I have an Appetizers board on Pinterest! http://www.pinterest.com/c5573/appetizer-recipes/

  3. I'm also a big fan of chicken thighs and that recipe does look simple and delicious! I've also never roasted corn in the oven and will have to give that a try! I prefer virtually every other veggie roasted in the oven!

  4. I'm a vegetarian, but I think my family will really enjoy the chicken thighs when they visit. :)

    One of my favorite appetizers is spinach dip:

  5. Oh I *love* the idea of roasted corn on the cob. I've never done that -- boiled, grilled, and microwaved -- yes, roasted in oven -- no. Looks awesome. We're lucky to have a good source of fresh pasta at the farmers' market.

  6. We fix corn on the cob on the grill fairly often and I would think roasting it would be similar. Yours looks delicious to me!