Special dinner: July

I had the idea recently to start doing a special dinner once per month, something a little different from what we usually have. I get to have the fun of cooking and trying out new recipes, and E. gets to enjoy decorating the table, which is fun for her. I decided to pick a theme for each year and work with that theme. For the remainder of this year, I picked an easy theme: local and seasonal foods.

I’m a little slow in getting this up, but here is the menu from July. August will be up soon.

Starter: garden salad

Local spinach and cherry tomatoes

Main course: grilled vegetable lasagna

Local zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, and basil. Homemade pasta

Dessert: brandy snap baskets with whipped cream and berries

Local cream. Our own blueberries and raspberries

Brand snaps may not be familiar; I had never encountered them before our recent trip to Britain.  It’s a thin candy-like shell that can be shaped when hot into baskets that you then fill.

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