Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dinner Ideas That Keep the Kitchen Cool

We lost a great film writer this week in Nora Ephron this week.  What a talented woman she was.  She wrote three of my favorite movies -- When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail.  My favorite Nora Ephron quote is "You should eat your last meal every day, because when the time comes, you probably won't feel like it."

 During the next week or two it sounds as though the temps will remain 100 degrees plus and I've been trying to get a little bit creative in the kitchen to serve healthy meals that will be appealing and satisfying to my heat weary family.

My Pampered Chef Grill Pan and Press will get a good work out for sure.  I think it may just be to hot to even step out and stand over the gas grill.  I don't say that very often.  Chicken breasts coated in olive oil and seasoned with one of my favorite Pampered Chef seasonings or rubs take 15 minutes to cook on the stove top.  They are perfect to serve whole or sliced and place on top of a salad.

The grill pan and press are also perfect to prepare the beef tenderloin medallions (available at Dierbergs).  I season these with salt and smokehouse pepper only and cook them for only about six minutes per side.  They are delicious and so tender.

The refrigerator is stocked with watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, grapes and cherries.  There are lots of veggies too -- carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower.  The veggies are perfect with Ranch salad dressing as a dip.  Quick, easy, and delicious.

Don't let the heat get the best of you.  Keep your family well fed even if they think they don't feel like eating.

Stay safe in this heat, and be sure to check on your neighbors -- especially those who are elderly or who you may suspect cannot keep their home cool.


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