Alex and I also both celebrated birthdays last week - mine was July 1st (also the late, beloved Princess Diana's) and Alex's was July 4th. Among other things, we celebrated with a pedicure and what was meant to be a quick happy hour at Single Brothers on July 3rd. The whole thing got a little out of hand, however, so we were not as celebratory as we might have been on the 4th, but I have to think that America is okay with that - you only turn 29
This past week I also took my kids blueberry picking (which they enjoyed for approximately 8 minutes before one of them dumped all of the blueberries out and the other two started fighting over the phone and complaining of the heat). I, however, picked a big bucket and needed something delicious to do with them, so I made this berry buttermilk bundt cake. It was easy & very tasty, so if you find yourself with a berry surplus this summer, I recommend this highly.
After eating all that cake, I thought we needed to do something active, and also I wanted to make myself feel young at heart, so I took my kids to the new indoor trampoline park. It started out that it was going to be a reward if we could get all of the old, broken, and generally un-useable toys out of the boys' room by Friday, but then I got totally overwhelmed with the job and called it off, because whenever we start a project like that, I end up deciding that we need to rearrange the entire house and nothing makes sense anymore and I become a total maniac. And honestly, it was just too hot for that kind of craziness this week. So we basically just moved a bunch of stuff onto the floor, left it there, and then went to the trampoline place. And it was awesome - so fun to bounce and do flips and feel like a kid. So awesome, until the next day, when I realized that I haven't really used my back muscles in the past 27 years and they were really not happy with me.
Finally, Matt and I went to the Chesapeake Bay this past weekend to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. It was beautiful there and heavenly to be on our own for 48 hours, but most importantly, I had the best sangria I've ever had while there, and I'm working on getting the recipe out of our hostess so that I can share it with you. It was deceptively strong and went down all too smoothly. Still recovering a bit, but it's looking like I'm going to be okay. I'll let you know when I have to goods to pass along.
So, back in town and back to work! This week we've got some old and new favorites! The weather has been so hot that I'm sure you've been camped out at the pool or in the mountains, and are, in any event, staying out of the kitchen. This Thursday, we'll have lots of good stuff to help keep things going in the right direction - outside for fun and good food on the porch!
Remember that fresh dinners do need to be pre-ordered, but any of the frozen meals will be available on Thursday, first-come, first-served. Plus, we always have more things that what I list here, this is just what I know we'll be making.
- Gourmet Grill - invite over some friends, open a bottle of wine, fire up the grill and enjoy a gourmet dinner on the porch! 2.5 lbs marinated flank steak (ready to grill), Mexican-style fresh corn with cheese & spices to add after cooking, Spinach Salad with blue cheese, balsamic dressing and vegetables to grill & add on top for a delicious, warm salad! (feeds 4-6 adults, $60)
- Chipotle Chicken Fajita Night - an easy & fun way to entertain friends or just make your family very happy! Chipotle Chicken (pre-cooked, ready to warm), tortillas, cheese, sour cream, corn & Black Bean Salsa with Avocado, chips & Mimi's Chile con Queso (small feeds family of 4 - $33, large feeds 4-6 adults, $50)
- Pizza Party - Make Your Own Pizza night made super-simple and very delicious! Includes mini-pizza crusts, pizza sauce, pesto, mozzarella, goat cheese, pepperoni, and lots of veggies for endless variations (small feeds family of 4 - $33, large feed family of 6 - $40)
- Make Your Own Picnic Sampler: mix and match for a great picnic meal for 2-20! $10 each quart
- Asian Noodle Salad with chicken on vegetarian
- Israeli Couscous with spicy chicken sausage or vegetarian
- Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Salad with chicken or vegetarian
- Bahn Mi Sandwich (roasted pork, pickled veggies & Vietnamese mayo on a fresh french loaf)
- Fresh Fruit for making fruit skewers
- Large Green Salad with veggies & Jalapeno Cilantro Ranch dressing
- Quart of Homemade Gazpacho with chopped fresh veggies for garnish - a summer favorite!
- DOTP Favorite Tamale Pie - this awesome casserole feeds a crowd! Layers of corn tamale, seasoned ground beef, cheese & black beans is a home run with the whole family. $25
- Chicken or Veggie Enchiladas - we're keeping these on our menu all summer long because we know you love them! We'll rotate the sauces around to keep it from getting boring - look for Verde Sauce, Mole, and a great homemade Red Sauce! $25
- Egg Stratas - the best take-to-the-beach casserole ever! We love the ease of throwing one in the oven, going for an early walk on the beach, and coming back to a delicious breakfast ready to go! We'll have different varieties available each week. $25
- Goat Cheese Lasagna with Italian Sausage or Vegetarian - Such a crowd-pleaser! We love this lasagna, and so do our customers! It's a great casserole for family dinners (and you'll have leftovers!), entertaining, taking to the beach, or for passing along to a friend who needs dinner. $25
- Classic Cheeseburger Casserole - tiny hamburgers patties, cheese, pickles & a great-tasting sauce - this is a macaroni casserole that will be gone as soon as it hits the table. Kids and adults will enjoy it, and you'll enjoy the ease of a one-dish dinner that has it all! $25
- Chicken or Vegetarian Tikka Masala - this DOTP favorite dinner is Indian comfort food! It's healthy, fresh-tasting and unique, made with tomatoes, marinated chicken and lots of delicious spices. It's a great dinner to have in your freezer for a night you just don't feel like pots & pans but want a great dinner! $25
- Southwest - ground beef, cheese, corn & black beans
- Greek - feta, Neece's Extra Sage Sausage, olives & Greek yogurt
- Veggie - ricotta, mozzarella, mushrooms & spinach
- Kids' - pizza, PB&J
- Sweet Treats - nutella & banana, various fruit fillings
- Pockets come with a dipping sauce (except the kids & sweet ones), and are $10 for 5.
Snacks & Goodies
- Salad Dressings
- Kids' Snack Packs (great for car or plane trips!)
- Homeland Creamery Ice Cream
- Homeland Creamery Milk
- Fresh Fruit
- Breads & desserts from Camino Bakery
That's the basic menu, but we will have lots of other items and treats as we think of things we want to make (or find things in the freezer)!
As a reminder, for the summer we are switching to a Thursday schedule (so that you can get ready for weekends at the beach, company, or just regular life!), and we'll be offering mostly these same menu items each week. Our goal is to help you spend more time enjoying the summer and less time in the kitchen and the grocery store! You will need to pre-order the fresh dinners as usual, and then frozen meals and lots of other items that will be available first-come, first-served.
All of the food will be ready for pick-up at Sociale Gourmet on Thursday afternoons between 2-6 pm, but if you are unable to come during that window to pick up, just let us know and we will work it out with you. Although we will not be delivering during the summer, we want to make it as convenient as possible for you, so please feel free to let us know how we can help you!
Our tentative calendar is as follows:
Holiday July 5th (also, Happy Birthday to me on July 1st and Alex on July 4th!)
Holiday August 9th
That's all I know, y'all! Email us your order for fresh dinners to firstname.lastname@example.org, and then come hang out with us next Thursday! We're looking forward to seeing everybody & hearing about your summer!
Claire & Alex