What a week of cooking!

Tis the season to cook, bake and entertain! Here are a few highlights from the week.

This is an ode to my friend Carol. She makes a green bean and warm potato salad with pesto. I just added a few things. The peas and lima beans this time of the year are so good. This could not be easier. We shelled peas and lima beans, blanched them, and cooled. The lima beans then need to be taken out of their casings, so a 2-step process with them. We also blanched cut green beans. Roasted a bunch of tiny Yukon gold potatoes with olive oil and salt until browned, then let cool. Took basil, chopped it up and mashed in a mortar pestle vessel and then added olive oil and chunks of Parmesan to create a pesto dressing. Mixed all this together with a bunch of sea salt and served. So good!

Hart’s Lamb Burgers. We got carried away with the meal and did not take the necessary pics but this is such a delicious winner. We quadrupled this recipe although not necessary to do that with the aioli, a double would be fine or just make the recipes sauce. This divine burger are served alongside with a watermelon, feta, tomato salad and a lemony farro orzo salad. What a good meal!

Lunch one day was very French with a huge Nicoise salad and a cheese platter on the side. You can put whatever you want into a Nicoise salad. I had to put some peas in there but also anchovies (love them), fresh grilled tuna, sliced tomatoes, greens underneath, asparagus, green beans, black pitted olives and some quartered almost hard boiled eggs. A lemony mustard vinaigrette poured over the top and you are good to go.

Between the food, the cocktails and the sweets it was quite the July 4th week!