Thursday, July 15, 2010
Baking in the Midwest
No, the kitchen oven is not on... we are in the oven... or so it feels! This is the hottest summer I remember in a long time. It will be interesting to see how many 90+ degree days we end up with this year. I know many of you can commiserate.
It is a hot summer when you feel a cool down with 80 degree temperatures. I made a peek-a-boo stew when the weather was just a tad cooler and I found stew meat on clearance at the grocery. I'll add it to the recipe blog soon (it is really the old fashioned no-peek stew but Stephanie changed its' name for this family when she was little).
It is good to be "out and about" again even when I'm still getting tired much quicker than usual. I met a friend for coffee on Tuesday (chatting for almost two hours!) and then grocery shopping Wednesday... more than running to Wal Mart (which is closest to me) for milk and bread. My favorite grocery store had veggies on a 10 for $10 sale, including excellent lettuces and English cucumbers.
My tomatoes are just beginning to ripen and they are highly anticipated for summer meals. Hopefully by this time next week we can harvest them? One of my favorite summer sandwiches is a grilled cheese with sliced tomatoes (added cold to the hot sandwich). My mother worked in a "diner" which was part of a drug store for years (remember when neighborhood drug stores had a soda fountain section?). This was one of the sandwiches regular customers would request.
I have a few vegetarian recipes put back to try including one which features garlic, pasta, and beans. I was served a similar dish in a restaurant a long time ago, having been encouraged to try it by a friend and remembering at the time it was amazingly delicious. Since then, I peruse Italian pasta recipes to find something which has the same ingredients (the restaurant went out of business or I'd try to get the recipe from them).
Christopher will be moving to campus in less than a month. With him not being home at dinnertime, I'll become more adventurous with bean meals!
Kristi - I'll check to see what kind of oregano that is. I think the plastic tab thingy should still be there.
Picture: Early morning sunlight through the lace curtains;
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