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JackieR May 23, 2013 06:46 AM

It's Thursday, and, probably in part because we just had chag too, I cant stand the idea of cooking or eating anything from my usual repertoire. So, tell us about yours. What are your tried and trues for summer shabbat meals (fri night or lunch), the ones you make week after week because they are easy, and can always be trusted to be great.

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    MartyB May 23, 2013 07:09 AM

    Chulent is the shabbos food classic because it is easy to prepare, forgiving as to ingredients and proportions, filling, and sets up the shabbos "atmosphere" with its aroma and it is yummy.

    1. bagelman01 May 23, 2013 08:07 AM

      It's summer...so besides the soup, we serve cold or room temperature foods.

      Friday nights:
      Large salads with grilled boneless chcicken, turkey or salmon.
      Meat kugel..made with browned ground beef/turkey, onion soup mix, garlic

      Shabbos Lunch:
      Cold cut platters with macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw
      Cold grilled chicken or turkey parts
      Room Temp Fried Chicken
      Room Temp fried fish with dipping sauce
      Room Temp vegetable lasagne

      Lots of pickled vegetables and fresh fruit, melon and
      a Sangria type punch

      Summer Shabbos Lunch is usually served out around the pool

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        chicago maven May 23, 2013 10:06 AM

        Bagelman;
        your suggestions sound great but I would first need to build a pool!

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          bagelman01 May 23, 2013 12:15 PM

          In 2008 they rented our house and pool to shoot a movie "The Instant Messenger" It ended with a dead body floating in the pool. So, I guess the pool is fleischige....

          The joys of not living in the city include the pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, smoker, etc. and a big enough house for lots of guests (19 rooms and growing), two kitchens, a studio over the garage, and all for less than a 2 bedroom condo in Manhattan.

           
           
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          asf78 May 23, 2013 11:40 AM

          I don't make this every week (actually, I only do it maybe 5 times total from Shavuot to Labor Day), but this is a favorite on a hot day after a long shul service. Grill some chicken cutlets and slice into salad (recipe below) for a light, refreshing main course (I would do this for just family). Make it without the chicken for an appetizer course (if having other people over for lunch).

          The original recipe came off of a Dole Pineapple. I find using the canned pineapple rings much easier, because I use an indoor grill pan. However, it would work with fresh pineapple as well. Original recipe also called for a different type of lettuce - Bibb, maybe? I can't remember. The pineapple can be prepared a day or two ahead of time. On shabbos morning, I'll prepare the rest of the ingredients (except for the avocado), and then when I get home from shul, I add in the avocado and mix it all together with the dressing.

          Grilled Pineapple and Avocado Salad

          1 can pineapple rings, drained
          1 T. plus 2 tsp. sugar
          ¼ tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
          8 c. baby spinach
          1 ¾ c. chopped seeded cucumber
          1 avocado, peeled and diced
          1/3 – 1 c. chopped red onion
          3 T. lemon juice
          3 T. olive oil
          1 tsp. salt
          2 tsp. sugar
          ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

          Prepare grill. Pat pineapple dry with paper towels.

          Combine sugar and cayenne together in a small bowl. Sprinkle pineapple evenly with the cayenne/sugar mixture.

          Place pineapple on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Cool completely; cut into bite size pieces.

          Place pineapple in large bowl. Add lettuce, cucumber, onion, and avocado.

          Whisk last 5 ingredients together. Pour over salad mixture and toss well.

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            GilaB May 23, 2013 12:16 PM

            For appetizers in the summer, I default to cold soups. They're generally very easy, with some not even requiring cooking. Four favorites of mine that are available online:

            Zucchini-Pear: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/dining/031mrex.html Use a parsnip rather than a carrot, it gives better color
            Mango Gazpacho: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mango-gazpacho/detail.aspx I puree in the garlic and jalapeno, rather than mince
            Pineapple-Bell Pepper: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pineapple-and-Bell-Pepper-Gazpacho-4326 Cut back on the parsley for better color; I generally use all red peppers; any sweet onion is fine, not just Maui
            Cold Curried Coconut Carrot: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cold-Curried-Carrot-and-Coconut-Milk-Soup-12489 Water vs. stock honestly makes little difference here.

            General note on cold soups: You MUST have lots of garnish, otherwise it's like eating a big bowl of baby food.

            Other favorites for meal starters: we enjoy make-your-own stuff at the table, like lettuce-hand rolls (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Lettuce-Hand-Rolls-242224 is a good base, but add more garnishes like chopped herbs, shredded carrot, thinly sliced cucumbers, scallions, etc.) or summer rolls (start here for some ideas: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...).

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              cheesecake17 May 23, 2013 07:52 PM

              One of our favorites is a grilled minute london broil or flank steak. (Not sure what cut it is, but labelled flank)

              I marinate all day in a mixture of hoisin, soy, rice vinegar, white wine, garlic, ginger, olive oil, and whole limes. Grill right before Shabbat and wrap in foil. Presentation is great too- sliced and fanned out on a giant wood cutting board

              Served with honey roasted potatoes, grilled herbed peppers, and a refreshing salad.
              One salad is better made in advance- spears of mango, jicama, avocado. Dressing is mint, cumin, lime, evoo
              The other is best prepped closer to serving. Diced avocado, pineapple, roasted red Pepper with lime and evoo. Can also be made as guac with the other ingredients diced on top

              Two Shabbat lunch favorites
              Pasta with pesto (can add grilled chicken on top)
              Israeli couscous salad

              My two favorite vegetable dishes (ever!)
              Brussels Caesar (vegan)
              Baby kale salad - with dried cherries, brown rice, pecans, and shallot vinaigrette

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                ahuva May 23, 2013 08:13 PM

                I grill right before shabbat - keeps my kitchen cooler, food is fresher, and shakes up my repertoire somewhat. this week i'm doing veal chops and grilled veggies - eggplant and sweet potatoes and mushrooms.

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                  AdinaA Aug 12, 2013 11:00 AM

                  I'm going to keep this this Chow list of salads handy for the next time I can't think what to make for Shabbat. Some vegan main dishes, lots of great side dishes to make ahead and serve on Saturday. http://www.chow.com/galleries/503/mak...

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