We are loving these slow summer days. It is still a bit chilly at night some nights, so we didn’t mind roasting a chicken last night or planning some comfort meals that still take advantage of herbs on the deck. I was so happy to be back chopping veggies and stirring again after a hectic month of travel and end of year celebrations. I went into ‘cooking for a crowd’ mode now that the kids are done with school and bought a pork shoulder and two chickens to make ahead for these meals. I have made this version of The Pionner Woman’s Pulled Pork many times – it is so good. Just know that I actually slow cooked a whole pork shoulder that I will turn into pulled pork and pork carnitas using these recipes as a guide for finishing them. The pork carnitas by Rick Bayless are amazing – just know your kitchen will smell weird while its cooking, but then it will taste like the dreamiest street taco you ever had. All of these are great crowd meals for summer fun.
Note: My kids favorite dinner is Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie, but I thought I’d mix it up a little with Chicken and Dumplings instead, and this recipe is super fast. This recipe for Chicken and Herbed Biscuits also looks good.
(This roasted tomato pasta salad looks amazing too with slightly more work)
Pizza or Pool
Garlic Lime Steak and Noodle Salad – this one will please everyone.