We've had friends visiting for the past couple of days and when it comes to summer entertaining and this type A personality, planning ahead is the key to keeping life rolling along as it should. It certainly kept J'Bug semi sane although Max and Finnigan's varying degrees of social skills or lack thereof darn near put me over the edge. Anyway, here's the low down on some of our menus during the past week.
Korean Barbecue Flanken Ribs is a perfect summer night dinner because the meat marinates for a minimum 24 hours before it hits a super hot grill for a grand total of 2 minutes per side. The combination of hoisin sauce and sugar in the marinade never mind lots of minced garlic and fresh ginger make for a fabulously caramelized crunch on the outside and fork tender juiciness on the inside of the ribs.
Along with a made in advance Spicy Noodle Salad chock a block full of colorful veggies such as carrots, green onions, julienned mini sweet bell peppers and and snow peas and a crunchy ramen noodle slaw, dinner was super easy on the cook.
Of course we also had to take advantage of the riches Neptune bestows and enjoyed crab caught by you know who, roasted in the oven accompanied by a rich and buttery orange sauce perfect for dipping bread fresh from the oven. I know I've bragged about this particular dish before but it is one of our favorite ways to prepare our local Dungeness crab. Along with a salad, it makes for another easy on the cook dinner. Here's the link the recipe for Oven Roasted Crab with Orange Butter Sauce and I'm telling you, it is amazing. Just be sure to keep the cool white wine flowing and a roll of paper towels on the table and you'll have a bunch of happy people.
In our case we enjoyed a re-run of the Mustard Maple Marinated Chicken from way back in 2011, grilled up all crisp and crunchy and accompanied by a curry flavored orzo salad - same as the recipe on the link with orzo pasta instead of basmati rice for no other reason than I just wanted to give it a try, particularly after the fabulous cold lemony orzo and asparagus combination we had a while ago.
Just so you know, I whipped up the sauces, marinades and salad dressings all in advance and stored them in the refrigerator until they were needed. Some of the veggies were pre-prepped as well and that means I got to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the wine bottle(s) and the guests.