Menu for the Week

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We got back from Yosemite all happy and healthy. Yosemite Valley has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Each season is so different there. Right now, it is the height of the spring run-off. The waterfalls are at their peak. Still, with the drought that we are experiencing, the water levels are not as high as I’ve seen them. Yosemite is truly a heavenly place.

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Back here on earth, dinner needs to get onto the table.

Here is this week’s plan:

Monday: Black Bean Soup, whole wheat bread (FREE!), strawberry rhubarb compote
Tuesday: Pasta Carbonara, salad, oranges, strawberries, mango
Wednesday: Roasted Chicken, vegetablesbroccoflower, brown ricequinoa, arugula, cantaloupe
Thursday: Fish, asparagus, artichokes. shelled peas
Friday: Left over delight?
Saturday: 8-4 Dinner. Grandma’s Actual 80th Birthday! Cousin Z will be here. Mamma Agata’s Chicken, Italian Bread, Roasted Vegetables, Salad, Strawberries, Chocolate Cake

I forgot a couple of ingredients for our soup on Monday (more on that later) and ran to a local market to buy them. I found that the grocery store is having a promotion for a new type of organic bread that they are baking fresh, under their own name. If you go into the store after 5 pm, you get a loaf for free. I got a loaf of rustic wheat bread that was delicious. I spent $1.07 for a bunch of scallions, a jalapeno pepper and a loaf of bread. Not too bad.

Note: I was a slacker and didn’t take any photos in Yosemite. The ones in this post are from a trip there in 2005…the top photo is of the water pouring out of Yosemite Falls (highest waterfall in North America, 5th highest waterfall in the world in terms of vertical drop), and the second photo is of Half Dome from the Yosemite Falls hike. Hiking in Yosemite, on its well maintained steep trails makes you all the more impressed by the National Parks system. How these trails were built, and are maintained, is a marvel. And, you gear up for the hikes. You hear about how dangerous and treacherous the Mist Trail is (someone fell to his/her death last week, and hasn’t been found). You gear up, you wear wool socks. You tie your hiking boots tight. You make sure your valuables are in a waterproof pouch. You cling onto the rocks as you ascend the steep stone steps. And, then, you see a Mom in Crocs ballet flats hiking down (even more treacherous than going up) holding her sweet, waterfall mist soaked, baby who is also wearing sandals. She is wet, happy, carefree….wearing CROCS…on the Mist Trail!

Yosemite is for everyone.

I wish I’d taken pictures.

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