It’s only been a four-day work week, but it’s been a very long week. I’m so glad it’s the weekend. I think I’ve got the mid-summer blahs. The other night, I cooked up a storm, and it was fun. Very fun. It’s the perfect antetode for my mid-summer blahs. Wish I could just do that every day.

 
In case you get a day to just cook away, here are a few of the recipes I made this week to chase away the mid-summer blahs.
 
  • Tomato, Zucchini and Leek Galette with Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese –I made this Emeril recipe earlier this summer, and it was so good I couldn't wait to make it again. It’s a bit of work, but every bite makes me happy I took the time to do it.
  • Zucchini Egg Bake – A way to use up the plentiful zucchini in the garden and many of the fresh herbs that are thriving right now for a hearty breakfast or brunch.
  • Creamy Roasted Garlic Hummus – After realizing how easy it is to roast my own garlic for the above galette, I decided to finally make my own hummus, which I kept reading is so easy you'll never buy hummus again. Turns out that's absolutely true. I doubled the amount of garlic in this recipe, and it’s amazing. Bonus - it costs about one-third than the same amount at the grocery store.
  • Grilled Chicken Tenders with Creamy Honey Mustard – Chicken tenders are simply marinated in buttermilk for an hour, then seasoned with salt and pepper. Couldn’t be easier, and it they turn out moist. My boys love this, and I love the homemade honey mustard with ingredients I trust. I always double the amount of chicken that I need because the boys eat cold from the fridge for days.
 
Enjoy your weekend and happy cooking!

Image: Matt Callow 

The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.