Monday, June 15, 2009

Weekly Menu 6/14 - 6/20/09 + a giveaway

If you've followed our blog for any length of time you may have noticed when we use canned tomatoes we often recommend Muir Glen. They are organic & we like their taste much better than other canned tomatoes on the market, we are especially fond of their Fire Roasted Tomatoes & Pizza Sauce. So when they offered to send us their 2008 Reserve that was especially made for their Connisseurs' Club we were thrilled.
2008 Reserve: The Halley Thirty-One Fifty-Five
Look at that packaging, you would almost think this crate contained a special wine but inside were cradled four canned of tomatoes.
2008 Reserve: The Halley Thirty-One Fifty-Five
Only a small number of these Halley Thirty-One Fifty-Five Tomatoes were grown. This varietal is very prized for its flavor. Then they were hand harvested & canned. Well, we want to share our bounty with you. Leave a comment on this post telling us what you've make with these tomatoes & your email. On Monday the 21st we'll randomly pick a winner. That person will receive a can of the 2008 Reserve & a can of the Fire Roasted Tomatoes plus recipe cards with ideas on how to use them. We can only ship to winners in the US & Canada, sorry.
2008 Reserve: The Halley Thirty-One Fifty-Five

On to Menu Planning Monday...

We don't have plans to do much of anything new this week. We have friends visiting from San Francisco & want to spend our time visiting with them so we are going for the tried & true.

Pork Souvlaki - A favorite of ours from Kalofagas
Peanut Turkey Burgers with a Broccoli Sesame Salad
Rotisserie Chicken with Grilled Asparagus & Roasted Potatoes
Brats - We picked up three flavors of brats at the Kingfield Farmers Market
Grilled Pizza Party
Chicken Fajitas

What we will have for you during this week are lots of cheese recipes. We hosted Cooking Minnesota at our house this past Saturday & taught everyone how to make mozzarella & ricotta. I made a few appetizers & desserts with the ricotta so I'll be sharing those with you as well as a great fresh chive cheese.

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33 comments:

Kelly said...

I've always wanted to try grilled pizza, it sounds soo yummy!

Duncks said...

mmmmmmmm so wonderful!

I love tomatoes above all things and I agree with you about the Muir Glen.

My first thought was a lovely gazpacho.

Ooh, or a with fresh basil garlic tossed onto some angel hair pasta.

Gretchen said...

Yum! Those tomatoes sound perfect for a vodka tomato cream sauce.

Hungryinsw said...

Sounds like a stellar week!

I think those tomatoes sound too delicious to do too much to them. I think the Splendid Table's simple recipe for bacon, tomato and onion pasta would really let them shine!

Sara said...

Yum! I buy the fire-roasted Muir Glen tomatoes sometimes - we love them, too! I think they'd make for a great with some pasta, basil, mozzarella, and a little olive oil!

That broccoli salad you're making with the turkey burgers sounds delicious! I'll have to try that one. And thanks for that peanut turkey burger recipe - they were awesome!

maybelle's mom said...

lucky lucky you. Muir glen is really great.

Lori said...

I have never tried Muir Glen (what lovely packaging). Hmmmm I think I need to give them a try. Boy there are so many things to make with tomatoes! I think I would use them for my spaghetti pie.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I like Muir Glen too! I love their salsa! Their tomatoes are delicious! I would definitely make a pasta though with that reserve sauce.

yarn-beans said...

My first thought would be to eat them straight out of the can! My mouth waters just thinking about it! But maybe a nice Gazpacho...

Kassy said...

I've never used this brand of tomatoes before, but it sounds great! I think I would make lasagna or some pasta dish with it :)

filmotographer said...

I'll make pizza. I'll learn and make fresh mozzarella and use it with the canned tomatoes.

Katie said...

I would make a tomato-loaded chili because I've found that the quality of the tomatoes really makes or breaks it.

Laurel said...

I'd love to use them in bruschetta!

Vicki said...

I love Muir Glen tomatoes in pasta sauce.

Ranee said...

We also had souvlaki on the menu, but last week.

I really like Muir Glen tomatoes as well. If I were to win a can, I would use them in a pasta dish with shrimp, I think.

Thank you for sharing your bounty!

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Toby said...

Some type of Italian dish--- I use tomatoes 4x a week

Margie said...

I'd definitely keep it simple and tomato-centric with Marcella Hazan's Tomato-Butter Sauce, served with your favorite pasta and just maybe an Italian sausage on the side.

Grace said...

oh, how i love tomatoes. i can't WAIT until fresh tomatoes are ready, but until then, canned ones will suffice. i'd use those suckers in a marinara sauce first and foremost. :)

ldfs said...

I may consider a saute with spinach I'm getting from my CSA, plus garlic and have a very tasty omelet.

Maria said...

Great giveaway! The choices are endless, but I would probably make marinara, pizza sauce, or a gazpacho for summer! Mmmmm!

Sarah said...

I would make ratatouille and then add eggs to slow-poach, serve over either brown rice or crusty bread :-D

Amy said...

Yummy! I would use them to make Lynne Rosetto Kasper's puttanesca sauce and toss with orecchiette pasta.

Former Minnesotan said...

I saw your photo of the prized Muir Glen reserve tomatoes and immediately thought of all the carboard cases of Muir Glen whole crushed tomatoes I used to regularly order when I worked for a natural foods wholesaler. I once was making eggplant parmesean for a large group and needed a 32 oz can of tomatoes to cook down with olive oil to make the sauce. The next to the last can in the case contained...peach halves. The last can luckily was crushed whole tomatoes. I told our Muir Glen buyer at work about the mistake, she told Muir Glen about the factory mislabeling issue, and Muir Glen sent me a free case of tomatoes to apologize for the glitch. This was over 15 years ago, but I still smile remembering the almost eggplant and peaches parmesean! If I get a reserve can, I will make another eggplant parmesean.

LovesAvocado said...

I loved how they shipped the cans so fancy! I would make a simple tomato and basil soup. I have been craving it this week.

Kelly F said...

Muir Glen are my absolute favorite tomatoes! I love to saute bacon, onion and zucchini then mix a can in, yummmy!

Nuri said...

I would use a bulk of it to make homemade marinara (simple but so delicious) and also some baked eggs in tomato and garlic, with maybe some kale on the side.

Sara said...

I like to use them in my black beans and rice (the fire roasted are my favorite too!). Super fun packaging!

Eric said...

I use the tomatoes in my cabbage soup. It is similar to the soup sold at Jerry's Deli.

Jen said...

Hi Kat and Matt-

I think I would would make Marcella Hazan's simple tomato sauce with butter and onion as it would really highlight the flavor of the tomatoes.

Psychgrad said...

fire roasted tomatoes...sounds like it would be good on pasta or crostini.

Naz said...

i would love to use these in a bolognese sauce!

x

DLA in OKC said...

I make a killer bruschetta topping out of canned diced tomatoes, so these would made it even better! (killerer...?)

Jessie said...

Yum! I can think of so many ways to eat those, all equally wonderful.

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