Thursday, October 8, 2009

Back to the Beach....

Last nights dinner was reminiscent of my summer, cooking on Fire Island. The fun part of working on Fire Island this season was that I got to change up the menu. We are not a fine dining restaurant and needed to change some of the menu to better reflect our vision. I added lighter and healthier fare such as wraps and paninis, and a few vegetarian items for those more health conscious. One of my favorites was my Grilled Vegetable Wrap. Easy to make, delicious, and healthy it was a nice addition to the menu. One of our bartenders/waitress, Chelsea ordered it almost everyday....sometimes with a different variation. She loved it! She would stop by the kitchen door, look at me, and say....Micheley....and smile. I knew what she wanted, she rarely strayed from her favs. I decided last nite to make it for my mom and her husband for dinner. Its my moms late night at work and something light is always good. I grilled ( if you cant grill - roast them ) up some farm fresh eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, portabello mushrooms and red onions. Seasoned with salt, pepper and some olive oil. I added some pesto ( store bought is fine ) to a saute pan with the veggies until they were heated thru. I added some fresh spinach greens to a whole wheat wrap, placed the veggies in pesto on top, garnished with some shaved parmesan cheese and rolled up the wrap. Mom and her hubby, Sil, loved it. It was filling, healthy and full of flavor. As I used to do for Chelsea....you can add your own variations such as grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, your favorite veggies, or anything you like. I didnt really know what I was putting in the wrap until I got to the farm stand....and saw what local produce was available. Local and fresh just made it better. Tonite I am not cooking, but I did buy some other produce for tommorow. Lets see what I can come up with.
PS- If anyone can come up with a really cute.....like me.....sign off.....suggestions are welcome!

4 comments:

The Jon-Paul Lessards! said...

-Amuse Bouche
-My Kitchen Is Seasoned With Love
-Variety is the Spice of Life
-While The Pot Boils, Friendship Blooms
- Come Gather At My Table
- Season Everything With Love
- Sip And Savor All The Flavors Of Life
- Enjoy Life, It's Delicious!

ChefMichele said...

I like the enjoy life - its delicious one. HMmm i will ponder!!

Scott Lessard said...

How about..."Bite It!"

ChefMichele said...

OMG thats It!! I am always saying Bite me! anyway! I love it! TY