Thursday, August 21, 2008

Summer Cooking

This summer I feel like I've been making the same things over and over.

Dish #1
Potatoes, squash or eggplant, onions, sometimes tomatoes
chop 'em all up
drizzle with olive oil
garlic or garlic powder, maybe some salt and pepper
cook on grill in cast iron skillet.

Dishes #2 & 3
Potato Salad & Baked Beans - I almost always make these at the same time
See potato salad recipe in post below.

Baked Beans
1-2 large cans of Bush's Vegetarian Beans
hot sauce
brown sugar
cook in crockpot for a good long while (doesn't heat up the kitchen!)

Dish #4
Little Bits of Things on Baguette.
Go to Schnucks olive bar. Purchase the onions, the mushrooms, feta & olives, buffalo mozzerella, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, maybe some artichoke hearts. Serve with hummus
Eat on deck - take a long time to finish.
This is actually a huge hit with everyone. Seth loves hummus. Maya loves feta. Scott and I love everything else and we ALL love baguette!

Dish #5
Chicken Breasts (boneless skinless from Marketday)
Marinate in italian dressing, Soy Vay Teriyaki sauce, whatever. For some reason my kids are LOVING these this summer.)

Dish #6
Pudding Cups (not very highbrow!)
2 packages instant pudding - we use chocolate & vanilla
bunch of oreos
2 cups cool whip
2 cups milk
Make pudding with 1 cup milk and 1 cup cool whip per package.
Let each of your 2 kids smash 8-10 oreos in a zip lock bag
Put one oreo in medium sized dixie-type cup. Layer with pudding and crushed oreos - 2 layers of pudding - three of oreos.
Freeze until firm. Let your kids go wild. Bath children or at least wash faces. With these I figure they are getting SOME calcium, etc. It's a good thing to have in the freezer on hot summer nights.

I'm off to the farmers market this weekend. Inspired by the folks @ Sweet Juniper!


Linda said...

These all sound yummy...but most of what my kids wouldn't eat, and some of what I can't eat (did you know that Hannah doesn't like cool whip? Weird kid...she doesn't like soda or gum either!)

Here's another quickie for your beans...add a can of crushed pineapple to that mix...drain a little bit, but not too much.

Fern's mom said...

The cool whip is mixed in - maybe she wouldn't see it?! Seth doesn't like soda either....

Hmmm on the beans. I'm not sure if that sounds good to me or not! :-)