I know that there's no July/August planning post on the blog. That's because the July/August 2007 issue of Everyday Food was a big bust for me. I found 2 recipes - 2 that I wanted to make, and one I had already made in the past in my pre-blog days. I may get around to making the Roasted Summer Vegetables and Pasta again, because it was good; and then again I might not simply because it doesn't stick in my mind as something I should make again. The ice cream sandwiches, however, were fantastic and I will make those again.
Frankly, after 3 years of the challenge I'm surprised that there's only been 1 issue where I really haven't been thrilled with what was on offer. I draw from a large variety of sources for what we eat, so I didn't know if it was that I just didn't like the sound of anything, or if I had reached saturation point with Martha Stewart and was starting to find things repetitive. Perhaps it's a little from Column A mixed with a little of Column B combined with summer ennui. No worries, though. I soldiered on. Everyone can have an off issue.
I wasn't sure what to think when I sat down with the September issue. Would it be feast or famine (kinda literally)? But with a cover boasting "No-fuss Family Fare", I had high hopes. It was definitely better than what I had encountered last month. I came up with a list of interesting things to try to make up for July/August. A return to interesting food just as I return to work. Sigh.
Here's what we're going to try on the Mountain this month:
- Stuffed Tex-Mex Yellow Squash
- Salmon with Mustard Dill Sauce
- Pigs in Blankets and Citrus Spritzers
- Black Bean Tostadas with Corn Relish
- Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Herbed Couscous
- Family Dinner Menu featuring 3-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, Sauteed Green Beans, Garlic-Roasted Tomatoes, and Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake
Looks like a good month. Here's to fall!