Thursday, July 25, 2013

Keeping the Kitchen Cool...

It's not much of a news flash to state...the weather is HOT...

Ok...yeah...we knew that already, thank you, Mrs State the Obvious!

Lately I've been posting food pics on Facebook dedicated to keeping cool and not heating up your kitchen.
I thought I would explore this concept a little deeper.

I find it difficult to consider preparing food in weather like this.
The thought of turning on a stove or even a toaster oven makes me cringe.
Especially when it feels like you're melting...

I have posted pics of a variety of salads with a plethora of taste sensations.
...but one can only eat so many salads...
(and I am most certainly a salad FREAK)

So to the grill I go!  We have been BBQ-ing a lot lately.
Even if you live in an apartment that does not allow BBQ-ing, you can most likely find a public park in your area that will allow you to bring grills or coleman stoves.
Check your local by-laws on that one...

When Hurricane Sandy was about to arrive, we made propane and water our first priority.
(we already have a food store in our basement and a fireplace,
so we didn't have to worry about food and heat)
At the time, the storm kind of missed we were sitting one a propane surplus!

We have been experimenting with grilling stuff like peppers, watermelon, peaches and plums.
As well as the usual suspects like steak, burgers, sausages and even a roast!

We also tried our hand at grilling corn on the cob.
Emeril Lagasse swears by it...not that I follow the trendy eating crowd, mind you.
Ches soaked the cobs whole for approximately 1 hr, but the longer you can wait, the better.
He BBQ'd the cobs and we ate them on a 
separate, blazing hot night where the house was sitting at 31 degrees Celsius.

Whatever we grill, I like to grill a large quantity and reserve some for later use.

The pictures included in this post show a dinner we had outside by the firepit one evening.

(A fire?!?!  I know, we still have a fire on occassion to keep the evening bugs at bay,
but only when there is no fire ban)

We BBQ'd burgers and topped them with fresh picked garden lettuce, Old Cheddar cheese from Wilton and previously grilled red peppers.
Complete the meal with cold cervesas and s'mores for dessert.

The grilled peppers gave the burgers a wonderfully different taste, almost sweet.
Like a gourmet burger served in a high end restaurant.

Another way to consume leftover grilled peppers is to use them in a grown up grilled cheese sandwich!
I layer cheese, spinach, cheese, onions and tomatoes, more cheese, the grilled peppers (kept in large pieces) and finally a layer of cheese...muahaha!
Press between 2 pieces of bread buttered on the outside and fry in a frying pan.


In case anyone was wondering how to make a traditional s'more:
-toast a marshmallow
-press toasted marshmallow between 2 graham crackers and a piece of chocolate.

There are variations and substitutions...but we like to keep it old school.
Also, in case anyone was wondering...the top picture shows our roasting tree...
Anyone how ever toasted a marshmallow or wienie on the campfire will be familiar with a roasting stick...
but our version is a TREE...complete with enough "branches" that you can literally roast a whole meal.
(or a million marshmallows...give or take)

Check out my Facebook page or group for more recipes to keep you
and your kitchen as cool as possible these days.

Take care everyone!

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