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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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