It’s been almost four weeks since my hip replacement surgery. Sitting still is not something I can easily do. I was, in my mind, very good the first two weeks of recuperation. Since then, I’ve been able to move better and being careful at what I chose to do.
I’ve missed cooking during this time. The meals that we prepared were easy and unimaginative. However, as my recuperation progresses, the meals are getting better. Some of the things I have made in the past, but I do have a few new ones. I was able to try out some these recipes on my family this weekend.
I prepared potato salad that was made with red skinned potatoes, fresh corn and cherry tomatoes tossed with a basil dressing. The recipe is from the July 1993 issue of Gourmet Magazine. The salad is a nice change from standard mayonnaise version. You may find this tasty salad perfect for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
Once again I tried my hand at making homemade veggie burgers. I usually purchase veggie burgers at Wegmans, but find them quite dense because of the assorted beans they use as the vegetable base. I can’t recall where I found this recipe, but it has a combination of mushrooms, corn, scallions, grated potato and carrot, corn, fresh spinach red pepper, egg and fresh breadcrumbs. The only issue I haven’t been able to solve is holding all the ingredients together. It could be I didn’t add enough fresh breadcrumbs, but I didn’t want use a lot of filler. I made sure to drain the mixture before forming into patties and that did help a bit. However, the combination of vegetables made for a moist and flavorful meatless burger.
On June 15th in the New York Times Food section, Melissa Clark had a recipe for Whole-Grain Pancakes. These sounded quite delicious and a nice variation on a whole wheat pancake. I thought a pancake with the addition of rolled oats and cornmeal sounded healthier and would be enjoyed by my ten month old granddaughter. The liquid for the recipe could have been either plain yogurt or buttermilk. For a change, I decided to use plain yogurt. I was able to mix the dry ingredients together the night before and then merely add the wet the next morning. There is a bit of a gritty mouth feel from the cornmeal, but they were light, moist and not filling. My 10 month granddaughter enjoyed hers with blueberries and devoured almost a whole one (I used a 1/4 cup per pancake). The rest of the family enjoyed them too.
To complete my weekend of cooking I made beef teriyaki on skewers. Whole Foods has on special until Tuesday, boneless sirloin steak at $6.99/lb. They had beautiful steaks in the butcher case. The marinade recipe is from my neighbor, Patty H. The marinade contains soy sauce, cooking oil, molasses, ground ginger, dry mustard fresh garlic and a bit of water. I also added some fresh vegetables that I purchased from Delicious Orchards. I used a combination red and green peppers, zucchini and Vidalia onions. These were so good. I haven’t had a steak in weeks, so this was a treat. My husband cooked them on the grill to perfection, a bit pink in the center. My granddaughter’s comment on her steak, “Mmm!” I guess Nana did well.
Other specials at Whole Foods until July 2nd included 25% off in their bulk department. I took advantage of this special by purchasing slivered almonds ($7.99/lb.) to make some biscotti for my surgeon. The bakery department has a wonderful Organic Jewish rye bread on sale for $4. The crust is nice and chewy and the texture is dense with caraway to enhance the flavor. Whole Foods has a bread slicer so you can slice your loaf. While I didn’t purchase these, Whole Foods has on sale sustainable, wild caught U10 fresh sea scallops for $16.99/lb. Keep in mind that if you are a prime member, which I’m not, you can save an additional 10% off the sale prices of these mentioned items.
I do like to comparison shop food stores and lately I find myself purchasing more of groceries from Wegmans. I use their app, which I find well organized, easy to use and helps you to locate which aisle you can find a product, a real time saver. The $2 coupon savings I’ll be redeeming will be for the following items: Salad Blends (11 oz. container of spring mix, baby spinach and other varieties), 50 count bag of live farm raised little neck clams ($14.99), 15-20 fresh sea scallops ($14.99/lb.), $3 on 30 count 2-ply bath tissue ($15.99) and 12 rolls 2-ply paper towels and $1 on Wegmans orange juice. There are coupons for ready to cook meat entrees, ready to eat items, bakery items and cheese to name a few. I find Wegmans store brand quality excellent and haven’t been disappointed yet.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.