Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Cooking

We are currently in the longest heatwave that I can remember.  Not really a big deal since only two of the past 5 days have been closer to 100 than to low 90's, and I'm not complaining, I'm just reporting!  It's been a while since I felt we had a real summer around here and it's prefect timing for the 4th of July weekend!

Mark and I have no plans, just our usual life, and that's perfectly fine!  Thursday is  regular training day for me and so I'll be up at 5:30...oops..I just realized something! Maybe my training partner doesn't have to work and we can start at 6:00am!

Anyway, the point of this post is about not turning on the stove or the oven after 9:00am!  Good thing I prefer to cook in the mornings anyway, but Mark's usual stir fry of onion, spinach garlic and eggs isn't really good if it's pre made.  So it's time for Quittata's again!  A cross between a quiche and Frittata it also give me a chance to use up the little bits and pieces of veg, cheese and creams/milks.

I only had a handful of mushrooms and 1/4 of a red bell pepper, and shockingly there was no cheeses....or so I thought.  A more thorough look see and I came up with a chunk of parmesan in the freezer that I had to grate (ick), and a chunk of some creamy La Serena gourmet cheese (the bits of melted white fat you see on top!)

I had to poach another whole chicken for more chicken salad that everybody seems to be devouring faster than I can make it!  I'm convinced it's the homemade mayo!  And more mini meatloaves.

Surprisingly I haven't been making a whole lot of regular salads.  And still, I don't own a grill!  What do you all have cooking these hot summer days?

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Alison and Larry said...

I'm grilling like crazy - lots of protein all at once, enough to eat for at least 3 days. House stays cool and lots of great leftover. Also, the duck breast from Costco - yummy. Perfect salad toper.

Tracy Reifkind said...

A and L,

Ah, grilled duck breast sounds divine! The Asian markets in my neighborhood carry it and I think I just may pick one fact I know I will! Thanks!

I'm assuming it cooks quickly, and doesn't get dry like chicken?

(gave up the Costco membership years ago!)

Diana said...

We're experiencing an average of 10-15 degrees cooler than normal days this summer and this is NOT complaining!! Yesterday our high was 71 degrees....
Even though it's been cooler, we still spend most of the summer with the grill. Chicken, beef, brats, elk, you name it....

I hope this cool summer means a cold winter!

Alison and Larry said...

Mine was pre-cooked, so super easy, didn't even heat it up, so house stayed nice and cool.

Tracy Reifkind said...


You are one of a kind my friend! One of a kind!

And you probably fire up that grill with snow outside too! lol

Tracy Reifkind said...

A & L,

Pre cooked? Geez! It doesn't get any easier than that!