Summer is over and I am so glad. Fall is in the air. August I never do Third Sunday Dinner. I am in Utah at BYU Education Week and my sweet wife refuses to take over for me. So we take off in August. For the summer this year we changed it up a little and instead of starting at 5 o'clock we started at 7 o'clock and did ice cream and cookies. It was a great way to avoid the heat and cool off. I enjoyed it, but I am really glad to be back to the 5 o'clock schedule again. This time of the year the yard shades early and the heat is not to bad.
This month I decided to do pasta. It is always wonderful and filling with fresh baked bread and what ever else shows up. It always works and is always worth the effort.
If you are having Third Sunday Dinner experiences please feel free to share them with me. I would love to hear about your successes and trials.
So like I said I did pasta this month. It looks like meat, but it is red quinoa and pearled barley. I started it early in the morning in the roaster pan and let it simmer all day. I used tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and some good Italian seasoning and just let is simmer. I cooked the pasta in the after noon and placed it in a large plastic bucket tossed in oil and it stayed hot. So at dinner time I placed the roaster on the table and kept and large bowl filled with pasta. We finished off the sauce and 10 pounds of cooked bow tie pasta.
For the bread I made the dough up ahead of time and placed it in a large plastic bucket. Later we divided the dough into 9 pieces and pressed it out onto jelly roll pans and let it rise and topped it with rosemary, salt, and olive oil.
This dish is typical of what I do in a pinch. I had 20 small cans of green beans. Drained them and placed them on my large with platter and topped them with BBQ sauce and a dressing. Wow it was so good and easy and filling.
The bread turned out so good. There was not a crumb left. This bread baked fast and everyone loves it. Perfect with pasta.
All the happy faces. I love each and every one.
Third Sunday Dinner does not have to be hard or planned out. It is a simple as putting out a few tables and chairs and cooking some pasta and baking some bread. Truth be told, the most important ingredient for success is Love. Have a great day, Chef Brad~America's Grain Guy