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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Heat

As much as I enjoy cooking, the summer heat just zaps my energy.  Oh, how I wish I could have "summer break" during the fall or spring.  I have the time to make great meals, but I don't want to eat much during the summer.  A nice dinner salad suits me just fine.  I honestly do not see how people can make hearty dishes like lasagna during the summer. It just heats up the kitchen so much.  I will admit though, if you make a lasagna dinner, and invite me during the summer, I will be more than happy to eat it!!

It's the same with lunch.  Sometimes I will just have some fruit or cheese and crackers when I feel the pangs of hunger.  More often than not, I will just skip lunch all together.  Dinnertime is usually around 8:30 or 9 when the evening finally starts "cooling" down.  The heat takes a toll on me and the thought of eating when I'm really hot is not an option.  Just give me the cool drinks and I will eat when it is cooler in the evening.

I've lived in GA all of my life with a few exceptions of short stints in college, and I have never liked the summer heat.  The other parts of the year are fine. I was talking to my brother the other day and I was saying that I would like to see more of the world.  If you were to tell me today that I had a job in Seattle, I would move there.... site unseen in a heartbeat.  I know many people who dislike the heat as much as I. It makes me lethargic, grumpy, and physically uncomfortable.  Yet, there are others who relish the 90+F weather and want it never to be below 80!  I guess that's what makes the world go around isn't it?

I start back to school tomorrow and am excited to see all of my coworkers.  Time to eat my daily salad from the cafeteria for lunch (they make a nice variety of salad), and enjoy a microwave cup of coffee or tea.  I'm sure I'll put on a few pounds as I watch the children eat their breakfast and snacks in the classroom.  It's the old Pavlov effect.... I'll be STARVING I know.  Yesterday, I did not eat anything until dinner time.  I'm sure tomorrow will be a different story as breakfast will be provided by the school, then lunch with coworkers. What a nice welcome back to the school year.

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Ingredients I must have in my kitchen (It's a long list, but I try and have these items on hand)

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cheese
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Bread
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Greek Oregano
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Lemon ( At least 3 or 4 ALWAYS)
  • Peppers (Wax, Jalapeno, banana)
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Regular Olive Oil
  • Rice
  • Salad Ingredients
  • Sea Salt
  • Spanish Olives
  • White Balsamic Vinegar