Quick Summer Dinner

Family dinner

I planned this menu in 15 minutes sitting by the pool waiting for my daughter finish her dive practice.

Plus, I had to finish my reserve on Moshin Pinot.


Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza
Grilled Eggplant and Spinach Salad
Summer Pesto Grilled Vegetables with Penne
Hairloom Tomatoes Salad with Toasted Spice Vinaigrette


Watermelon with lemon and sea salt


Some cooking notes for myself:

  • for the Flatbread choose low salt feta and skip mozzarella altogether, sauce and feta give enough cheesiness, grills in minutes.
  • for the Penne – vegetables come out perfect in a tray, but make extra pesto for the pasta.
  • for the Vinaigrette in tomato salad  – use 1/2 less oil.
  • for the Eggplant salad – doubling sun-dried tomatoes worked well, and didn’t care for spinach,  use basil next time.




Moshin 2011 Pinot Noir, Molinari Vineyard, Sonoma – flavors of cherry and strawberry, notes of wood smoke, exotic spices and earthiness, light and versatile – will go with number of foods.






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