I did do a fair bit of cooking this past week. With that saurkraut I made, we were craving some grilled Reuben Sandwiches. But first, I wanted to make some thousand island dressing to slather all over them.
When I pulled the pickle tub out of the fridge for our lunch, I used the last one in there. Since I have so many cucumbers coming out of the garden, I sliced a bunch of them up, and dropped them right down into the brine. We have been eating them since, and every day, they are better and better! So don't throw away your empty pickle jars. Use the brine to make more pickles!
Last night, we went to a family favorite restaurant, that Nana also loved. We go there often, and they know our big family. Last night, there were only a handful of us that could go. But it was fun. We laughed, told Nana stories, and had a really great time. I wore her turquoise ring and earrings. We all feel her presence, and feel sure she would have approved of our birthday celebration in her honor. Below is a favorite photo of Nana, with my Mom, my two daughters, Gennifer's brand new baby girl, Hannah, and myself. Five generations of females in our family. Nana, our matriarch.
A little more on cooking. I had a craving for meatballs the other day. Probably because I saw that my friend Elaine posted a picture of her homemade meatballs on her IG feed. I had a couple pounds of lean ground beef that I had just gotten at the market. And I knew I had a couple of sweet Italian sausage links in the freezer.
I browned them in a little olive oil, rolling to brown on all sides. Then I dropped them down into a pot of roasted tomato sauce that I made from my tomatoes earlier.
Today after going out to the garden I wound up with another large bowl of tomatoes. And we had a fridge full of ripe avocados too. So I took one side of the kitchen and Greg the other, and he made his guacamole, and I made salsa.
My garden is only producing a few things right now. I have harvested most of it, before the heat burns it up. I had some funny looking carrots!
I hope your summer is going well. I will be back soon with a post that doesn't involve cooking or gardening.