Beat The Heat Meals

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Ugh, it’s hot and it’s humid here – and that means I need some inspiration to prepare lighter meals that are cool, refreshing and delicious.

Salads are great hot weather options. I change them up by varying the ingredients. Favorite proteins are grilled chicken and hardboiled eggs. Sometimes I’ll use spring mix greens; other times our salad base is a bed of crisp romaine. A wealth of additional ingredients – green onions, halved grape tomatoes, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, diced apples, mandarin orange sections, halved seedless grapes, dried cranberries, finely shredded cheddar cheese, feta cheese crumbles, bacon bits, sliced avocado, black olives, croutons, and tortilla strips, – give us plenty of satisfying variety and limitless options. Continue reading

Cousin Carol’s Caprese Salad

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Have I got a treat for you. I know my last blog said I would follow it up with a Beat The Heat Part 2 blog, but I’ve got something that’s too good not to share here.

My cousin Carol is an excellent cook. I’ve never had a bad meal that she’s prepared. Since she always seems to come up with something delicious to bring to our holiday meals, I was inspired to reach out to her for a cool summertime recipe…and she sent me a gem. Continue reading

Beat The Heat

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Phew, Mother Nature’s gentle summer breeze has given way to a good old New England heatwave, which has inspired me to share some ideas on how to beat the heat. My ideas will help you cool down and quench your summer thirst while not sizably denting your budget or bank account.

Dress for summer in clothing that is light in weight and color – that combination reflects sunlight and heat. Though clothing in black is a favorite of mine, those items are at the back of my closet when summer rolls around. Nix the dark colors because they absorb the sun. Continue reading

In A Word, YUM!

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As we’re still holding the pandemic line on dining out, and limiting takeout to only once a week, my lovely assistant (also known as The Haunted Pen) recently inspired a collaborative kitchen effort that produced a delicious side dish.

Since we were lucky enough to have a day off from roasting ourselves in a New England heat wave, he suggested roasting russet potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions instead. Continue reading

Bountiful Burrito Bowls

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The warm weather has me looking for dinner inspiration…and cool meals long on satisfying flavor.

I made burritos recently and they were well received. Okay, they were devoured. After some thought, I decided to take the ingredients out of the wrap and put them in a bowl the next time I made the recipe. This would be perfect for a warm day’s dinner – a layered combination of warm seasoned ground beef, refried beans and sautéed whitecap mushrooms and onions with the cool crispness of shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes and cucumber, low-fat sour cream and finely shredded Cheddar cheese on top. Continue reading

Manna From Heaven

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I like bread. My family likes bread. Good bread. Not the Wonder white bread a lot of people grew up on. We like multigrain…sourdough…ciabatta…tomato basil…crusty French baguettes…and now we have a new favorite.

We’ve always enjoyed the breads, especially the brown, served at Cheesecake Factory. But it’s not always convenient to go there for lunch or dinner, whether we were dining in (which we preferred, though they get very crowded “back in the day pre-COVID-19,”) or doing the pandemic takeout (because of the long drive home). Continue reading

More Pandemic Pantry

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While shopping my pantry recently and finding two boxes of stuffing, I was inspired to tweak my meatloaf recipe (see “Pandemic Pantry” blog post).

But what to do with the other box of stuffing had me puzzled. After some thought and a check of my pantry inventory, I was inspired to revamp my quiche recipe to include stuffing. And with the weather turning warmer, a slice of quiche and salad make a welcomed meal. Continue reading

Pandemic Pantry

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Since the advent of COVID-19, I’ve been even more determined to teach old dogs new tricks. In other words, I enjoy refreshing family favorite comfort food recipes after shopping in my pantry, since I’m staying home much more now than before the coronavirus came a-callin’.

Take meatloaf, for instance. I was inspired to give this old fave a new twist when I spied a box of sourdough caramelized onion stuffing mix – bought during a trip to Aldi – in my pantry. The idea of creating a stuffed meatloaf sounded good to me. Continue reading

Break The Boredom

Quarantine 2020 is well underway. Some people may find themselves going a little stir crazy…or maybe a lot stir crazy, lol. Those who are homeschooling their children may have found a better appreciation for members of the teaching profession.

And some might be willing to grudgingly exchange some of their precious troves of toilet paper, paper towels, and hand sanitizer to find days that feel less tedious, along with family members who aren’t lamenting they’re bored because there’s nothing to do. Continue reading