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August Menus: Yogurt and Plum Burrito for Breakfast, Effortless Open-Face Sandwiches, Steamed Clam and Vegetable Soup

Magazine article Sunset

August Menus: Yogurt and Plum Burrito for Breakfast, Effortless Open-Face Sandwiches, Steamed Clam and Vegetable Soup

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AUGUST MENUS Warm, relaxed days set the pace for these menus. You do as little work as possible, then enjoy the freshness of seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and seafood--cooked minimally, if at all.

Set out the elements for a refreshing sweet-tart plum, yogurt, and honey burrito. Then let the family take over; each person tailors breakfast to taste.

Lunch is equally effortless--open-face fresh mozzarella cheese sandwiches with salad greens.

An encouraging word for calorie-watchers: the easy main-dish soup of simmered clams with vegetables won't tighten your bathing suits.

Middle Eastern breakfast

Split readily available pocket breads (white or whole wheat) to make the thin burrito wrapper.

This is a serve-yourself, no-cook meal.

Middle East--style Sweet Burritos

Warm Almonds

Peach-Banana-Tangerine Cooler

If you drain yogurt, it becomes an easy-to-make version of labneh or lebni, a soft cheese-like cultured milk product sometimes sold in Middle Eastern markets. For a thick, creamy texture, use whole-milk yogurt (not nonfat or low-fat) and let it drain in the refrigerator at least 3 hours or longer. Once drained, you can scoop yogurt into a small container, cover, and chill up to a week.

Shortly before mealtime, warm the almonds, slice the plums, pinch mint leaves from stems, and split pocket breads. Whirl the other fruits in the blender to make the cooler.

Middle East--style Sweet Burritos 2 cups whole-milk yogurt 4 pocket breads (6- or 8-in. size) 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves 4 medium-size firm-ripe Santa Rosa-type plums, pitted and thinly sliced About 1/2 cup honey Ground allspice

Use yogurt as is, or drain for thicker texture. To drain, line a colander with a double thickness of dampened cheesecloth. Pour yogurt into colander, cover, set in a rimmed pan, and chill at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours as yogurt drains. Scrape drained yogurt into a serving bowl. Discard liquid.

With your fingers or a serrated knife, carefully split pocket breads in half horizontally to make thin rounds. Present bread, yogurt, mint, plums, honey, and allspice in separate containers.

To assemble a burrito, spread cut side of bread with yogurt, then arrange plum slices down center of bread. Drizzle lightly with honey, sprinkle with allspice, and top with a few mint leaves. Fold sides of bread over plums and eat out of hand. Makes 8 burritos, or 4 servings.

Warm Almonds

In the microwave, place 1 cup whole almonds in a 9-inch glass baking dish and cook on full power, stirring halfway through cooking, until nuts are very warm to touch, about 2 minutes.

On the range, place 1 cup whole almonds in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium heat. Cook, shaking pan often, until nuts are very warm to touch, 6 to 8 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Peach-Banana-Tangerine Cooler 2 medium-size ripe peaches, cut in half and pitted 2 medium-size ripe bananas 1 can (6 oz.) frozen tangerine juice concentrate, partially thawed 1-1/2 cups cold water

Cut 4 lengthwise slices from 1 of the peach halves; place each slice on the edge of a tall glass. In a blender, puree until very smooth the remaining peaches, bananas, tangerine juice concentrate, and water. Pour into glasses. Serves 4.

Quick clam soup dinner

Clams simmer in a light broth for this quick dinner entree.

The melon can begin or end the meal, as you like.

Clam and Vegetable Soup with Fennel

Breadsticks Butter

Melon Wedges with Cayenne or Cinnamon

Sauvignon Blanc or Cold Tomato Juice

Combine elements for the soup base; boil to concentrate flavors. …

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