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The Heat Is On, But Not In The Kitchen 
Jul. 3, 2013 1:46 pm 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2013 5:40 am
I don't know about the rest of you all, but it's been really difficult for me to reach for a pan lately.  No appetite, no special cravings, nada.  It's just too hot!  For some of you, it might not be.  For this born and raised southern California girl, I can't seem to tolerate any temperature above 75 degrees.  Salads seem to be just fine these days, loaded with fresh fruit and veggies.  

Hubby and I took a day trip out of town yesterday.  We stopped at a cute, cozy little rustic-style cafe that is known for their homemade cheesecakes.  For lunch I ordered a "Berry Berry Salad" that was to die for! Crisp greens topped with blueberries, strawberries, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds and huckleberry dressing.  The combination was delightful.  A fresh slice of banana bread made from scratch was served on the side with a dollop of butter.  Very refreshing on a hot day.

My prayers go out to the families of the firefighters who lost their lives in a valiant effort to contain that huge fire in Arizona.  We have lost local members of Hot Shot crews here in the past.  This tragedy brings up a flood of emotions, and our hearts are heavy.  May God speed healing for their loss.

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, a day to take pause and celebrate our independence that this great nation provides us.  I couldn't imagine living anywhere else on earth.  Could you?

So what's on your grill tomorrow?  I'll be putting on a marinated tri-tip, along with corn-on-the-cob, baked potatoes and green salad.  I'm thinking of doing a fruit cobbler in a dutch oven.  The last time I did that I was running around barefoot and landed on a hot coal that had gone astray.  My podiatrist thought that was the funniest thing he ever heard.  He could have spared me that. 

Be safe and stay cool, AR peeps!



Jul. 3, 2013 2:25 pm
Happy Fourth of July to you from your Canadian Neighbour. My heart goes out to all that lost someone they loved.
Jul. 3, 2013 7:48 pm
Happy Fourth of July, Cookin'Cyn! I'll be grilling up a tri tip and corn on the cob, as well! Also, a Caesar salad and a pear crisp for dessert. Great minds...:) I hope you have a great day and can enjoy some time outside. Btw, I stepped on a piece of hot charcoal when I was a kid; glad I can't remember how bad that hurt anymore!
Jul. 4, 2013 4:34 am
That salad sounds delightful! Happy 4th to you.
Jul. 4, 2013 5:52 am
Thank you, Manella! Have a wonderful day!
Jul. 4, 2013 5:55 am
Wow, we do think alike CB! I like the idea of a pear crisp. I have some growing on my trees but their not ripe yet. It's supposed to be in the 80's here today so I'm sure we'll be eating out on the patio (in the shade). Happy 4th to you too!
Jul. 4, 2013 5:57 am
Happy 4th to you too, midwestchef! I'm going to try to make a similar salad at home. It's that huckleberry dressing that's hard to replicate. Hope you get to enjoy the holiday!
Jul. 4, 2013 6:31 pm
Hope your Fourth of July celebration was a good one! We spent the day with dear friends from our cancer survivors group, and granddaughters that they have more or less adopted. The kids parents have a beautiful Chinese/Asian restaurant and we got to take the two girls to the parade, and the town park for hotdogs, then back home for fun and more food.
Jul. 5, 2013 6:46 am
Thanks, Doc! It was wonderful. We watched a beautiful fireworks display from our back yard. The Continental Divide provided a fabulous backdrop. We also have cancer survivor friends that we get together with on a regular basis. My husband is in remission, so we embrace each and every day as a celebration. Your day sounds like it couldn't have been better. Thanks for sharing.
Jul. 5, 2013 9:13 am
Too hot in Idaho? Wasn't Lancaster hot? I moved from Riverside (hot) to AZ (HOTTER). WE had a fire near us going for a few days, but it finally subsided a bit for the last two. They are still watching it, but it's not as threatening. Overcast today, so not as hot. Your meal out sounds wonderful, my DH & I had the Whopper Jr. while we were out yesterday buying a wood stove to stave off the cold next winter. I would like to get a swamp cooler to keep us cooler, but our water pump for the house has damage from this pasts winter's freezing & we may have to buy another one so we can have running water. I am a cancer survivor also, so understand about embracing the day. We have a community party to celebrate the 4th tomorrow-it will be a fun day.
Jul. 5, 2013 3:07 pm
Goodeats, yes Lancaster was hot. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time at the beach with family where it was much cooler. I've never acclimated to the heat. Since moving to Idaho, I know about pipes freezing. I'm sure you'll enjoy your new wood stove. Hope you have a wonderful July 4th celebration!
Jul. 5, 2013 7:39 pm
My hubby is home in the summer and I have been eating right along with his skinny self. Does not bode well for me. With the heat here, I should NOT have an appetite....but NO....I have been eating like a horse :) Stay cool kid!
Jul. 6, 2013 5:40 am
mauigirl, that sounds like me and my hubs. He's skinny as a rail. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just do a weight exchange? LOL! Have a great summer.
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It brings me a lot of pleasure experimenting and improving on my cooking and baking skills. It's something I take pride in. I'm a canine mom, and raise backyard chickens ("my girls")for entertainment and the wonderful eggs they produce. Growing up, I really wasn't allowed much in the kitchen except to wash or dry the dishes. Occasionally my mother would let me help her bake Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When I left home I was armed with a skillet and a slow cooker. I now enjoy my repertoire of pots and pans, mixers and food processor, several small appliances, and a variety of unique casserole and serving dishes. In addition to cooking, I'm a collector of antiques and love to pull together interesting mixes of linens, fine china and silverware at the dinner table. In the summer time, I move my cooking outside to the grill and spend a lot of time on my back covered patio. It's a great gathering place for friends and family.
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Any type of holiday cooking and baking, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mexican cuisine is regular fare at our house. In the winter, I bake a lot of casseroles and slow cooked roasts. In the summer time, I always cook steaks, burgers, chicken and ribs outside on the grill. I also love to bake desserts. Cheesecakes are my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a small family, just me, my sister, Mom and Dad. We rarely had anyone else at the dinner table, so most occasions were just the four of us. My Dad loved to cook out on the grill, and made one mean burger. His were the best! Always done to perfection. Juicy on the inside, slightly charred on the outside. And he always went to the local bakery for fresh buns. So now, I am known for making the killer hamburgers. I fondly refer to them as "Eddie Burgers", and they never disappoint.
My cooking triumphs
I think the biggest triumph is when it gets REALLY quiet at the dinner table. The occasional "mm mm" or lip smacking are the greatest compliments. Clean plates followed by "when do you want to do this again?" top it all off. Mission accomplished!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my. I remember trying to impress my boyfriend at the time (now my DH) by inviting him to my place for a home cooked meal. I didn't want him to think that all I could do was boil water. After work, I went to the store and grabbed the latest copy of "Bon Appetit" and opened it to find a beautiful picture of Chicken Parmigiana. That's it! I thought. Okay, now to shop for the ingredients. With groceries in tow, I went to my apartment to begin the preparation. He was to arrive at 8 PM. It was now 7 PM, and had barely started. In reading the recipe, I was like "pound the breasts with what?" and when I finally had them dredged and ready to fry, the oil wasn't hot enough. It was disastrous. And my sauce burned to boot. When he knocked at the door and stepped in, he could see things were not going well for me. In a very kind way, he asked, "would you like to go out to dinner instead?". We ended up at a five star restaurant on the waterfront drinking wine and laughing. The rest is history!
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