August 2, 2012 - Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard

It's Thursday already?  Time for Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard aka Granny's garden meals.  Robin, from The Gardener of Eden, hosts this special day for showing off what we've used and/or preserved from our gardens.

My week hasn't been terribly productive as far as cooking and preserving.  The refrigerator is full of fresh veggies again, so I'll be taking a lot of them over to my son.  My neighbor brought over a bag of peaches that must be made into jam today.  They had fallen on the ground, so are too bruised for anything else, but the jam will be delicious.

Only six dinners were cooked this week, and leftovers were eaten for the seventh meal.  Items from garden or pantry are in (parentheses).

*Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Sweet Bourbon Salmon
Grilled Potaoes in Foil Packet (onion, potatoes)
Green beans (beans)
Carrots (carrots)
Sliced Tomatoes (tomatoes)
Coleslaw (cabbage, onions)
Iced Tea

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Sweet Bourbon Salmon

Sweet Bourbon Marinade:
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce                                              
2 tablespoons brown sugar                                         
1 teaspoon Kentucky bourbon                                  
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2- 8 ounce salmon fillets
2 teaspoons snipped fresh chives (optional)

Combine the pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, bourbon, pepper and garlic powder in a medium bowl.  Stir to disolve the brown sugar.  Add the oil.

Be sure all of the skin is removed from the salmon.  Place the fillets in a shallow dish and pour the bourbon marinade over them, saving a little to brush on the fish as it cooks.  Put a lid over the fish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  A few hours is best.

Preheat your BBQ or stovetop grill over meduim/high heat.

Cook the fish for 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until each fillet is cooked all the way through.  Regularly brush the fillets with the marinade.

Arrange the fillets on each plate with chives sprinkled over the top.

Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops (Apricot-Pineapple Jam,)
Rainbow Potato Pancakes (potatoes, zucchini, carrots, bell pepper, onion)
Corn on the Cob (corn)
Sliced Tomatoes (tomatoes)
Iced Tea

Chicken and Noodles (onion, carrots, parsley)
Pan Roasted Baby Beets (beets)
Broccoli - Granny (broccoli)
Sliced Tomatoes - Mr. Granny (tomatoes)
Cottage Cheese-Pineapple Salad
Iced Tea

Chili Dogs (onions)
Fried Zucchini (zucchini)
Corn on the Cob (corn!)
Iced Tea

Ground Beef Patties (onions)
Boiled Potatoes (potatoes)
Milk Gravy
Garden Fresh Mixed Vegetables (carrots, green beans, corn, crookneck squash)

We were planning on going out to dinner, but I wasn't feeling well  :-(

Pork and Noodles (chives)
Tomatoes (tomatoes)

Preserving the Harvest



It was all about the corn.  I also made one batch (3 cups) of tomato sauce, and froze all the strawberries to add to the gallon bag in the freezer.  That bag is now filled and the second one has been started.

Now...get thyself over to Robin's to see what others have been cooking and preserving!


  1. Only 6 home cooked dinners?? You are ahead of us in our house ;). The marinade looks delicious. I will have to try it.

    1. Agriburbia, it's quite sweet, but combined with the smoky flavor of the barbecue I really like it. It's a pleasant change from tartar sauce or lemon juice.

  2. I'm sitting here reading this while thinking about what to have for lunch. It's not fair. I don't have any of your menu items in my pantry. And I want them all! I also don't have anyone to make them for me. And I want them all! Every last one of them. In ma belleh!

    1. So, what's your problem Langela? Hop right on over and I'll fix it for ya. Oh, you bring the bread, mmmmkay?

  3. oh boy that all looks great! thanks for sharing

  4. Oh look at that wonderful corn. So far we have only gotten enough to eat fresh. It would be nice to be able to freeze it, but if I do, I think I'll cut it off the cob.

    1. Daphne, we like it better cut off the cob, but these ears had such small kernels! I decided to plant a "fatter" variety next year for freezing, probably Peaches and Cream.

  5. Yum,yum! Mr. Granny sure is a lucky man!!! Nancy

  6. You are too much Granny! I've got to copy that marinade recipe. "The Italian" will just love it!

    1. Robin, I hope he likes it, we sure do. It's not something I'd want to eat too often, I still like plain lemon on my fish, but it's a nice change to get us out of the rut!

  7. Love those Rainbow Potato Pancakes. I make squash fritters this week and I was wondering about mixing it up with other veggies. That Sweet Bourbon Salmon sounds tasty too! We have a local steakhouse that has a bourbon marinade they use on steaks, fish and chicken. I'll bet yours will be as good as theirs!

    1. Dave, I like them with sweet red peppers, but I made these with green peppers and the flavor was too overwhelming. They would be better with none at all.

  8. I hope you are feeling better. Dinner's all looked delicious once again. You really do put a nice plate of food on the table daily.

    1. Kitsap, I still can't wander too far from the house (if you know what I mean). Darned kid had the *affliction* a couple of weeks ago, and managed to pass it on to Mr. Granny, and he passed it on to me. It eased a bit yesterday, but I sure got a lot of stuff done IN the house. We're finding that in our old age we catch everything the kids and grandkids come down with. Our immune systems just keep getting weaker.