So it’s been pretty hot in Washington this year. Today Seattle experienced it’s 10th day in a row with temperatures topping 80 degrees. This summer, we have had 28 days over 80, with many of them in the high 80s and 90s. It’s more than our poor, pale, PNW bodies can handle! I have some enormous tomatoes in the garden, but generating heat inside the house, especially our house, which gets baked with hot sun from dawn til dusk, is a surefire way to make the rest of the evening miserable. We have air conditioning, but avoid using it unless we get just too uncomfortable. So in the dog days of summer, we try to avoid cooking inside. For the first couple weeks that it’s really hot, I find cooking outside-only to be a really fun and neat way to challenge myself, but by week 3, I am DONE with it and just want to turn the oven on and bake something! Unfortunately, all of this week and the next 10 days are forecasted to be in the 80s and above. So I am meal planning to avoid getting takeout. Hopefully my list helps to inspire something other than a boring salad for you this HOT HOT summer!
Turkey Sammiches w/ mushrooms & olive tapenade
Tuna Sammiches w/ lettuce & tomatoes
Wedge Salads w/ bleu cheese
-bleu cheese dressing – need bleu cheese
Peanut Sesame Soba Noodles
Fresh Spring rolls w/ shrimp