Weekly Menu 8/14 - 8/19

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I can't believe we're half way through August. Where in the world did summer go? Although, I did just get back from our 5th or 6th trip to the beach so I probably shouldn't complain too much.

Thursday morning we drove down to Tom's parents house. We spent most of Thursday relaxing. Friday I sat out in the sun for a bit to become less translucent. I went with his mom to the grocery store where I found that Giant was having there seafood sale special. I couldn't resist picking up a pound of lump crab meat and sashimi grade tuna steaks. Oh how I miss Giant.

On Saturday we headed into Lewes and went to their farmers market. It's all outdoor and features local produce from tons of different vendors. There was a tomato tasting with probably more than 100 different types of tomatoes but the line was pretty long so we passed on that one. I did pick up four red peppers for $2 (amazing!), gala apples and two different types of goat cheese. We also tried some organic chocolate milk, which I have to say was rather tasty. And thats coming from someone who doesn't really like milk, chocolate or otherwise. After the farmers market we headed over to the Italian Deli which was an experience in itself. There were glass cases of cheeses, olives, tomatoes, and more desserts than I could count. It took Tom and I a good 5 minutes to even notice the Italian meats hanging above the glass cases or the assortments of homemade pasta, olive oils, capers and truffle butters. We didn't end up buying anything this time, but I'm sure we'll get something the next time.

After a quick mimosa at The Wharf, we headed over to The Buttery for lunch. I had stalked out their menu beforehand and decided that I pretty much needed to make everything they serve at home. Absolutely everything sounded delicious! For lunch I got the soup and sandwich combo. I chose the Buttery Seafood Chowder and the Buttery Beach sandwich. The chowder (or chow-dah, depending on where you're from) was full of hunks of fresh seafood, rich, creamy and delicious. While that was tasty enough on its own, the sandwich was to die for. Its smoked turkey breast, smoked gouda cheese, lettuce, tomato, mango chutney and mayo on a french baguette. Unbelievable. I can't wait to make this at home.

Stuffed, we finally made our way back to the house and spent the rest of the day relaxing. This morning Tom and I checked the weather before coming home. Its uh...a bit rainy out there. I'm pretty sure we drove through 3 monsoons on the way home. When we started lugging everything towards the apartment we quickly realized that the sewage drains had just stopped working from all of the rain and our only way to the apartment was through water deeper than our ankles. Who knew I had waterfront property? :-)

The rain seems to have died down a bit for the time being, but neither of us are even mildly interested in going out to get groceries. Looks like we're doing it tomorrow evening, even though the forecast is calling for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening practically every day this week.

Which is really messing up my meal plan. There is a Maryland superstition that you can't make crab soup during a thunderstorm. During just rain, as long as you're not picking the crab meat, you're okay but absolutely do not make it while its raining. Some people blame it on the change in the atmospheric pressure, others say that it has something to do with the cabbage in the soup making it spoil. Critics think that either we're all just superstitious idiots or we're leaving the soup out on the counter too long before refrigerating it, but ask any fisherman in Maryland and he'll (or she'll) tell you its not worth the chance.

Anyway, Wednesday is the only day that doesn't have a chance of thunderstorms so I'm planning on making my soup then. Since it takes a while, I hope I have enough time Tuesday evening to cut up all of the vegetables and put them in the pot. That way, Tom can just add the crab meat and turn it on around 2:00 so it will be ready for dinner.

As for the rest of the week:

Sunday - Chicken with dirty rice

Monday - pulled chicken sandwiches with sweet potato fries

Tuesday - possibly dinner out

Wednesday - crab soup, weather pending

Thursday - creamy taco mac

Friday - Island pork tenderloin with roasted potatoes and green beans

If you're in Maryland or Delaware this week, keep dry! ;-)

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