Hi and how is it already Thursday? This week flew by. I have lots of little life stuff to catch you up on but first…for the first few hours that yesterday’s BarkBox post was up, the link to get a month free was incorrect. For those of you who missed it, here is the correct link. Remember, they’ll add a free month onto any plan you sign up to with code PEANUTBUTTERRUNNER. Plans start at $19/month with free shipping on 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions! 🙂
I spent the first half of this week fighting off a summer cold which luckily never turned into much. I credit tons of rest, good food and lots of vitamins (including this D-Hist that a pharmacist recommended a few months ago for sinus stuff that I’ve come to love.) in avoiding it taking a turn for the worse.
I have been soaking up summer over here…especially all the summer food! I’ve been including peaches and tomatoes in as many dishes as possible.
This was an open faced avocado, tomato, deli chicken and white cheddar sandwich on sourdough with lemon basil mayo.
Tomato sandwich on sourdough with lemon basil mayo, avocado and gouda. Sweet potato pop chips and watermelon on the side. This is my favorite lunch of the whole year! Tomato sandwiches are the best ever.
Leftover roasted chicken breasts topped with a peach, vidalia onion and herb sauce with roasted okra.
Beautiful summer salad with bibb lettuce, arugula, heirloom tomatoes, blueberries, dried cranberries, almonds, cucumbers, avocado and turkey.
Snack plate with cheese and saltine crackers, deli chicken avocado wraps and watermelon.
Sriracha lime salmon with sauteed spinach and steamed brown rice.
Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken. It was my first time making this recipe and YOU ALL NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE! It’s that good. Definitely the best (and simplest) roast chicken I have ever made! I posted a picture of my beautiful chicken on Instagram and tagged Ina in hopes she’d give me a “heart” but no luck.
I made @inagarten’s Perfect Roast Chicken tonight using a chicken I picked up at the market yesterday from my favorite farmer. This chicken was incredible. Hands down the BEST roast chicken I have ever made. So simple, flavorful and juicy. And it was a one pot meal because the chicken cooked on a bed of potatoes, carrots, onions and fennel. I will be making this recipe over and over again. @foodnetwork #homemade #homecooked #roastchicken #inagarten #sundaydinner #comfortfood #supportlocalfarmers #charlotteregionalfarmersmarket
Oh well, I’m still team Ina. She has NEVER led me astray. I have so many favorite recipes from her.
Homemade blackberry yogurt cake with salted caramel ice cream. Pretty sure this is what kicked that cold right out. 😉
Sushi lunch waiting on me when I finished teaching my 12:30 lunch class today. I have to say it’s pretty amazing to have a sushi bar in the cafe at the studio!
You know what else is awesome? A wine bar in the cafe! We just got our liquor license yesterday! Earlier this week we had a really fun tasting with Fine Wine Trading Company to select the wines we would offer by the glass and by the bottle. We picked a selection of small-production wines from family-owned vinyards around the world. Since we are a small business, we feel that it’s important to support other small and family-owned businesses. Next up, I’m working on sourcing local beer delivery. We have a ton of amazing breweries right here in Charlotte! We also have a partnership with Magnolia Coffee Co., a local roaster who sources his own beans directly from farmers.
Zoey has been eating…cucumbers. This girl goes cray cray for veggies. We have yet to find one she won’t eat.
So far the list includes tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, zucchini, brussels sprouts, mushrooms (aren’t dogs supposed to know not to eat these! she stole a whole portobello cap from the counter!), okra, carrots, parsnips and many more. I’ve lost count at this point.
Sullie is like, “Zoey can have all the veggies…I’ll take the cuddles.” It’s been a good week over here! 🙂 Have a great evening everyone!
What summer foods have you been enjoying this season?
Do you like or have you ever tried tomato sandwiches? (The ones in this post were “loaded” but I also love them super simple with just untoasted bread, mayo and salt.)
Does your dog eat veggies?