Blackberry

blackberries and mint

Fig-Glazed Pork Tenderloin | Green Salad with Mint & Blackberries | Meyer Lemon Gelato

If figs are in season and available where you are, then ditch this dinner idea and instead have raw figs, blue cheese and red wine. Or just some raw figs. They don’t last long, and last year’s polar vortex wiped out so many trees that this precious summer treat is even more special now. Otherwise, try a quick roasted pork tenderloin, brushed with fig jam, wrapped in foil and baked (or grilled). Add some basmati rice, if you need a starch, and serve with a salad that features other signature summer flavors, blackberries and mint. Finish it off with some cold gelato (we like lemon).

Love to Cook: This recipe is quick but has more ingredients that you may have on hand; the chile gives the pork a little kick (more, if you use hot chile), which is a good match for the mint in this salad.

Weeknight Reality: Here’s a 30-35 minute pork tenderloin recipe that’s easy and delicious; if you can’t find fig butter, just use fig jam. For the salad, use bagged baby greens and toss with blackberries and dressing (and mint, if you have it).

Need a Miracle: Pick up some chopped or pulled pork from a local BBQ shop and put it in the salad, dressed with a fig/balsamic dressing.

What’s up tomorrow?

Mediterranean Platter (stuffed grape leaves, olives, hummus, Greek salad, grilled lemon chicken)

Foiled.

Foiled

Fish (or shrimp) and Vegetables in Foil Packets | Sourdough Bread

Here’s a reader suggestion (thanks, Betsy!) for an easy and delicious summer dinner, easily customized to suit your family’s tastes. Cooking in foil, either in the oven or on the grill, is virtually hassle-free, both for prep and for clean-up, and it preserves the moisture and flavor of whatever you’re cooking. For a basic primer on foil packet cooking, this guide from The Art of Manliness is good and easy to follow. The recipes included in the post aren’t a match for our family, but they might be for yours. Once you’ve got the hang of assembly, the possibilities are really endless. Here are a few suggestions:

Love to Cook: Here’s a combination you might not think of for foil cooking: Asian Halibut and Brown Rice Packets. You can substitute a different fish, if you can’t find halibut.

Weeknight Reality: BBQ shrimp is a quintessential Southern summer dinner. This version, Hot & Spicy Shrimp in Foil, could be made in single serving packets or one big bunch. A big green salad would be a nice addition, too.

Need a Miracle: For this recipe, Soy-Lime Salmon with Green Beans, there’s very little prep – and you could easily substitute a prepared dressing for the glaze.

BONUS: How about a vegetarian option, for all the fresh eggplant and tomatoes in season right now? Yep, I think it sounds good, too. Here’s the link; scroll down, and the ratatouille pack is third on the slate.