Monday is Shopping Day. Grocery shopping is the only type of shopping I like.  Well… except maybe new computer shopping, but I don’t get to do that on a weekly basis…

My shopping patterns have changed a bit since Wegmans opened up the road from us.  I used to head to The Acme in Paoli for Victor’s mom about 9:30am – I wanted to start sooner but they never had the apple strudel bites she wants out of the oven before then – and after dropping off her groceries, would hit the local PathMark for our shopping.  I don’t really care for the Acme and don’t shop there for us.  I wouldn’t shop there for Nonna, either, but she’s in a rut about a few of their products.  She’s 86.  I let her slide on it.

If I were lucky, I’d be home by noon.  Nowadays, I make my list out Sunday night and by 8am Monday, I’m off to do our shopping – I like the nearly-empty-store  shopping experience – and even after getting home and putting everything away, I still get over to The Acme before 10 and home by 11.

Life is good.

Monday dinner can be entirely new, clean out the refrigerator, or a combination of the two.  Today was a clean-out day.

I had pulled chicken breasts out of the freezer with no real idea of what to do with them. I had some heirloom tomatoes I wanted to use up and first thought of making some salsa and doing a chipotle rub for the chicken.  Then the mind switched to Italy.  Funny how that keeps happening!

The salsa became an

Italian salsa

  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped onion
  • minced garlic
  • minced fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper

Mix all ingredients adding salt & pepper, to taste.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

It was very simple but really flavorful.  Use ripe tomatoes – homegrown if possible – and enjoy.  Quantities will depend on how many tomatoes you have.  Regardless, just a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar are needed.

The chicken I marinated in white wine, olive oil, and garlic.  Then grilled with indirect heat about 30 minutes – they’re big bone-in breasts.  We actually only eat half of them for dinner – the rest becomes lunch for the following day.

The pasta was a fun last-minute idea.  We had a bit of spinach pasta in the cupboard, some frozen spinach in the freezer, and more of the Locatelli with peppercorns in the fridge.  I cooked the pasta, put it into a skillet with the spinach and a drizzle of olive oil, and when it was hot, I stirred in some shredded cheese.

Voilà! A side dish was born!

The flavors all worked together well.  I had some sourdough bread and made little bite-sized chicken and salsa sandwiches

It was yum.