155. #HeinensSundaySupper – Dinner with the Donleas

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With stone fruit back in season, fresh peaches are reappearing in recipes around Barrington.  They’re playing a special role in this week’s Heinen’s Sunday Supper, shared by none other than Kelly Donlea, the Chief Operating Mom of one of our favorite foodie families.

For a look at Sunday Suppers around Barrington, Heinen’s Grocery is offering a gift card to one local family each week to shop for ingredients and prepare a special Sunday meal.  In turn, each participant will share their photos and thoughts at 365Barrington about their family’s favorite dishes and the personal significance of gathering weekly for Sunday Suppers.

Dinner with the Donleas

by Kelly Donlea, Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author & founder of OrganizingDinner.com

Family dinner is one of the most honored traditions at the Donlea house. While what goes on the table is important to me, it comes second to the goal of how many times we make it to the table as a family each week. The stress of a perfect dinner can mean that you miss the moment, or that the cook can’t sit, and we value, above all else, the time together.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner at the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

For me, the key is being organized and having Heinen’s Grocery on my chauffeur route where I can get organic produce and the best meats, making dinnertime easy. When the ingredients are high quality, the amount of preparation, or “masking” is minimized, as they can be served after simple cooking with light seasoning.  And with the fresh packaged extras available at Heinen’s, I can easily supplement a course or two with prepared items that will make an ordinary meal extraordinary.

For Sunday Suppers I do try to make things a little more special. Even if we are landing at the table after a long day of church, birthday parties and baseball, a fresh flower arrangement, some candles, or using our good china can add festivity to the night.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner at the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

Seafood is always a draw for a special occasion dinner and, for that, there is no better place than Heinen’s. They source their fish from the best possible ports, and have them shipped overnight for the freshest fish-to-table option in our area. One of my favorite fish-accompaniments is Peach Pepper salsa and, with peaches coming into their season, I knew that would be the base of our Sunday meal.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

This salsa can top most any type of whitefish or shellfish prepared with a honey-lime-soy sauce and garlic marinade.  When I saw the size of the scallops in the case at Heinen’s, I knew that would be my choice.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

Their peaches were perfect, which can be hard to find up until this time of year, and the rest of the produce, including onions, garlic and green peppers were, of course, perfect too. I grabbed some baby artichokes from the prepackaged vegetable case, some fresh organic cilantro and a bag of Heinen’s brand organic brown rice. One cheese they had out for sampling was Vermeer by Beemster.

I am always on the hunt for a perfect dry Gouda, and this full-flavored Gouda variety is one of the best I’ve ever tried.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

A Vermeer has lower sodium and fat than a traditional gouda, so even better. I grabbed a block to use in my artichoke stuffing and enjoy as a meal appetizer.

I blended the Vermeer with panko, garlic cloves, fresh basil and cream cheese for the artichoke stuffing.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

I served the scallops and artichokes with a side of Cilantro-Lime Rice.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

I enjoyed a fruity, crisp La Merika Chardonnay that Heinen’s had on special for just $7.99/bottle.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

For dessert, I made a stop at Heinen’s Bakery and my kids loved every bite of  Heinen’s Raspeberry-Stuffed Pillow cookies.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.

Heinen's Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois
Heinen’s Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois

CLICK HERE for Kelly’s Sunday Supper Recipes…

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Stuffed Artichokes

4-6 servings

Ingredients:

1 lemon
4 large or 7-8 small artichokes
4 ounces Vermeer cheese
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic
3 basil leaves
dash kosher salt
dash hot sauce

Directions:

Trim bottom of artichokes flat so they stand freely.
Trim points off top.
Spread apart leaves and place in baking dish.
Squeeze lemon over artichokes to preserve skin color.
Place next 7 ingredients in processor and blend until combined.
Stuff mixture inside each leaf.
Pour 1 cup water into bottom of baking dish surrounding artichokes.
Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Honey-Lime Glazed Sea Scallops

4-5 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound Scallops
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon soy sauce
dash hot sauce
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and marinate for at least ½ hour.
Drain marinade.
Heat grill or greased grill pan on stove to medium-high heat.
Grill scallops for 4 minutes on each side (for large scallops… less time will be needed for smaller ones) until white inside and light brown on outside.

Peach Pepper Salsa

Ingredients for 2 cups salsa:

2 peaches, diced
1 green pepper diced
¼ cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and chill.
Serve over cooked fish.

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

Ingredients for 3 cups rice:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup Brown rice
3 cups water
2 teaspoons Vegeta seasoning (or other broth powder)
juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons minced cilantro

Directions:

Heat oil in pan or rice cooker.
Stir in rice.
Add water and seasoning and simmer for 50 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Cool slightly and stir in lime juice and cilantro.

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About the Author

Kelly Donlea is a Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author the owner of Organizing Dinner, a company that brings sensible cooking solutions to busy people. She has published several cookbooks and one of her specialties is helping parents plan family meals with fewer trips to the grocery store. Kelly also offers cooking classes and demonstrations in your home or public facility. To learn more about Kelly, her recipes and her services, you’ll find her Facebook page by clicking HERE and her website at OrganizingDinner.com. Kelly is a regular contributor for our Barrington EATS series here at 365Barrington.com.  She shares recipes, cooking tips and special features about local chefs and popular menu items at area restaurants.

If you have a food related question or recommendation for Kelly OR if you’d like to participate in our Heinen’s Sunday Supper series,  CLICK HERE to drop us a note in the 365 Barrington Suggestion Box or leave a message in the comments box below.  And stay tuned for the latest tried & true cooking tips fresh from Kelly’s kitchen for Barrington EATS!

Heinen's Sunday Supper - Dinner With the Donleas
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Dinner With the Donleas

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