At the end of this spectacular, spring-like weekend in Boulder, it's time to get going with dinner ideas for the weekend. For St. Patrick's Day eve tonight, it will be salmon. I caved and bought the sockeye at Whole Food's one-day sale Wednesday after tasting how succulent the sample was, even though we're so far removed from last year's wild salmon season, but fresh farmed salmon is also on sale at both Sprouts and Sunflower this week. I'll probably marinate it quickly in Whole Foods' own mustard-dill marinade, although the salmon with red pepper pesto from Cooking Light that I made a couple of weeks ago was quite a success. And then, with this amazing weather, there's the possibility of grilling...
Tomorrow, for St. Patrick's Day, in this house it's corned beef and cabbage, made with guidance from an old, beloved copy of The Joy of Cooking. For more varied and inventive fare, check my prior post on St. Patrick's Day dinner guides.
By Sunday, we'll be on to something different, a pasta dish. I've been pretty impressed with the very large 16/20 count shrimp that Sunflower again has on sale for $6.99 a pound, partly because I haven't found anything "broken" about them, and particularly because they are domestic wild shrimp. So I'll take advantage of them to make spicy shrimp and fettuccine from Cooking Light. Sunflower also has organic leaf lettuce or romaine for $1.50 a head and organic tomatoes (romas or hothouse) for $1.50 a pound for the side salad, although you'll find organic romaine at Sprouts for just 99 cents.
Which will get us through to the weekday planning while enjoying this fine weather. Luck of the Irish to you.