Yesterday Jim and I headed into Palatka for lunch at Chili's and some shopping. Our lunch was very good and relatively cheap for us. If you discount the $9 for our beer we ended up paying just $14.60 for our meal. Jim had ribs and I got a salad added onto his meal for just $2.99! My salad was the Santa Fe chicken salad which I ordered without meat or cheese. I also had an email (just sign up at Chili's) coupon for a free appetizer or dessert. We had the chips and dips, guacamole and salsa. We didn't finish those or my salad....but we had no leftovers to cart home.....
Stopped at Walmart for some glues Jim needed for repairs around the house. Then a stop at Publix for a couple grocery items.
Despite the size of the city of Palatka there isn't much there except the big box stores. We haven't even been to the mall because it's pitiful
Since tomato season is starting up across the south and heading north I though I'd post this recipe I found at Cook's Illustrated. Jim and I both like it and it's a great way to use stale bread and extra tomatoes!
Italian Bread Salad (Panzanella)
Panzanella recipes benefit from the juices exuded by the tomatoes soaking into the bread. Though it may sound like a lot of work to make this salad, it isn't, just make your croutons, or buy some before hand
6 cups rustic Italian or French bread cut into one inch pieces (1/2 - 1 Pound)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1 1/2 pounds of tomatoes, cored and seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 T red wine vinegar
1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced thin
1 shallot, sliced thin
1/4 cup fresh basil,chopped