A couple weekends ago I visited my parents in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Every time I visit, I volunteer to cook for them and whoever else is over; simply because my love of cooking has been strong
Summer Recipes From When I Took Over My Parents Kitchen
A couple weekends ago I visited my parents in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Every time I visit, I volunteer to cook for them and whoever else is over; simply because my love of cooking has been strong since I could safely hold I knife. Here are the summer dinners and desserts I made with recipe links included! (Note: I tend to just look at a recipe and make my own adaptation, I’ll let you know if I made any major changes though!)
Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango Salsa
Do you know how to cut a mango?
Everything ready to go, ignore the fact that we have no floor, my parents are currently renovating the whole house!
The salad! I used bagged romaine mix and also cut up tortilla and panfried it for a minute or so each side to add some crunch!
Dessert: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Huckleberry Sauce
Huckleberries are a local favorite! Find them at farmer’s markets around town! I simply put a cup of berries and about a half cup of sugar in a saucepan, brought them to a boil, and spooned them onto the ice cream.
Fish Tacos with Cabbage Onion Slaw and Avocado Cream Sauce
This time, ignore the unrefinished tabletop 😉. Maybe next time I visit I can show you the renovations my parents did! Anyway, you may notice that the fish (I used cod) is accompanied by some chicken thighs! My dad and I eat A TON so I thought I’d add some chicken to see how the recipe worked on it…and it did. I’d like to add that I just repeated this recipe yesterday with baking the fish instead of panfrying. DON’T DO IT. The seasoning needs to be seared in hot oil for the best blackened flavor.
Slaw can be pretty 😉
Finished product! Tip: heat tortillas in the microwave just before serving. It makes them soft and foldable, and I won’t tell anyone that you used a microwave.
Dessert: Rose Panna Cotta with Chocolate Gelato
This is the basic recipe which I altered, see picture caption. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/panna-cotta-with-fresh-berries-recipe-1914437
Yes, ROSE. I wanted to recreate the flavors of a chocolate and rose gelato that I had in Greece. Rose is a common flavor in Greek and Middle Eastern cooking. It is an acquired taste- it takes on a very delicate flavor when used in small quantities and intensifies a lot when more is used. That’s why I’d recommend omitting the syrup on the top if you are new to the flavor; or even using half syrup half honey in the cream altogether. All I did to alter the following recipe was swap the honey for Torani Rose Syrup and the berries for some store-bought Chocolate Gelato.
Chicken Souvlaki with Various Greek Side Dishes: Grilled Eggplant, Tricolor Peppers, Store-Bought Dolmades and Kalamata Olives for a Homemade Tzatziki Dipping Sauce
Another Greece-inspired dinner. Greek food is so nice on a hot night! The tzatziki needs some prep ahead of time. I drain the cucumbers overnight and make the sauce in the morning to let the flavors blend all day. Here is the tzatziki recipe: http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/tzatziki-yogurt-and-cucumber-sauce/ I chop and skewer chicken marinated with this http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/chicken-souvlaki-marinade-88735#activity-feed. I grill the eggplant and set out the other ingredients- dippers, sauce and pitas.
Some of the veggies chopped up! The eggplant will go on the grill! I used a Chinese eggplant because the store was out of regular ones, and ended up liking it better since they are a bit firmer and hold up to grilling well. There’s also no reason not the grill the peppers if you like!
From the left: Souvlaki Chicken (marinated with recipe then grilled), Pita Bread, Dolmades, Olives and Pasta salad simply there in case of picky eaters, Peppers, Grilled Eggplant, Tzatziki in the red bowl, Chopped Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, and Feta cheese (not in picture) to top the Souvlaki “sandwiches” with.
This comes together as essentially a “Greek taco”: chicken, cucumber, tomato, onion, tzatziki and feta in a pita; with the tzatziki and “dippers” on the side.
Dessert: Huckleberry Buckle with Vanilla Ice Cream and Huckleberry Sauce
I’ve been making this every summer for ten or so years. It’s just https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/24102/huckleberry-buckle-ii/ with ice cream and huckleberry sauce from two nights ago!
The buckle! The huckleberries settle into the dough during baking.
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