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  • Meatless Monday – Fruit Salsa

    Mid to late summer, and all the stone fruit are in season. Peaches, plums, nectarines, all crying to be used before their fleeting goodness is gone. I grill peaches, I bake peaches, I have created peach pancakes, I have made peach ice cream, now for something a little different…

    Think sweet, think sweet with a hint of spice to wake up the taste buds and emphasize the sweet. Now think cool, think crisp, and think of this salsa as a delicious addition to a meal with fish or seafood, pork, or chicken.

    Wikipedia says:

    Salsa may refer to any type of sauce. In American English, it usually refers to the spicy, often tomato based, hot sauces typical of Mexican and Central American cuisine, particularly those used as dips. In British English, the word typically refers to salsa cruda, which is common in Mexican, Spanish and Italian cuisine.

    Mango Salsa: a spicy-sweet sauce made from mangoes and used as a topping for nachos. It is often also used as a garnish on grilled chicken or grilled fish due to the sauce’s gamut of complementary flavors.

    Based on a mango salsa, this quick and easy salsa, is made with fresh peaches, jalapeños, lemon, ginger and mint, and goes perfectly with grilled meats.

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  • Mango Pops

    It’s really still too hot to cook, or at least cook on the stove. I am still looking for new and novel ideas to help beat that heat.

    The mango is a fleshy stone fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The mango is native to the Indian subcontinent from where it spread all over the world. It is one of the most cultivated fruits of the tropical world. While other Mangifera species (e.g. horse mango, M. foetida) are also grown on a more localized basis, Mangifera indica – the ‘common mango’ or ‘Indian mango’ – is the only mango tree commonly cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions, and its fruit is distributed essentially worldwide

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  • Meatless Monday – Summer Squash

    Again a dish from my youth. Fresh from the garden squash, (yellow, summer, crook-neck, or zucchini), sliced thin, tossed in seasoned corn meal and quick fried, usually served hot. (actually, we just stood around the stove grabbing pieces off the plate as they came out for the frying pan.)

    Squashes generally refer to four species of the genus Cucurbita native to Mexico and Central America, natively grown in parts of North America, Europe, India, and Australia. In North America, squash is loosely grouped into summer squash or winter squash, as well as autumn squash depending on whether they are harvested as immature vegetables (summer squash) or mature vegetables (autumn squash or winter squash). Well known types of squash include the pumpkin and zucchini.

    When used for food, squash are usually picked when under 8in/20cm in length and the seeds are soft and immature. Mature squash can be as much as three feet long, but are often fibrous and not appetizing to eat. Squash with the flowers attached are a sign of a truly fresh and immature fruit, and are especially sought by many people.

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  • Meatloaf


    At last a day without sunshine, where the temperature is less than body temp, and one can consider cooking. But it’s not cool enough to allow me to stand at the stove. Time for a baked dish…. Perhaps a meat loaf, which is good hot and can make marvelous cold sandwiches for when the heat goes back into the triple digits

    Some things that make this wonderful dish bad, at least in my opinion:

    1. Ground Turkey, there is not enough fat to keep things moist. So it becomes a dry brick.
    2. Fatty Beef, the other extreme, produces an oil slick similar to the Exxon Valdez
    3. No Binder, the “loaf” becomes a pile of browned beef, sitting in an oil slick.
    4. Too Many Seasonings, Let’s keep this simple, Salt, Pepper, Paprika, OR Onion Soup Mix, not both. It’s meatloaf, not a salt lick
    5. Too Many Veggies, Again, let’s keep this simple, Onion, Garlic, Dried herbs, but not much more.
    6. Weird Glazes, Ketchup, Worcestershire, Maybe BBQ Sauce, or a brown / onion gravy, but not all at once on one loaf

    In many parts of the United States, meatloaf is a popular dish. it was voted the 7th favorite dish in the United States in 2007.

    During the Depression, (and now the Recession) cooking meatloaf is a way to stretch the food budget for families, using an inexpensive type of meat and other ingredients as leftovers along with spices it is popular to add cereal grains to the meatloaf to stretch the meat; the tradition lives on with the merits of producing a lower-fat dish with superior binding and consistency.

    Meatloaf is typically eaten with some kind of sauce or relish, many recipes call for pasta sauce or tomato sauce to be poured over the loaf to form a crust during baking. The tomato-based sauce may be replaced with simple brown gravy or onion gravy, but the meatloaf is prepared in a similar manner. Barbecue sauce, tomato ketchup, or a mixture of both tomato ketchup and mustard may also be used.

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  • DIY Sports Drink

    Thanks to Bryan Wells for the lovely graphic

    As spoken prior:

    Three days of 95+ heat, three days of 8-12 hours working with no AC in a small windowless room. I am close to collapse from the heat, and all my joints and muscles are giving me cramps. I know I need food, it is so hot, but I really want something other than cold soups, cold cuts, and ice cream.

    When working in this type of environment hydration therapy is KEY to avoiding heat related illness, but as a former boss of mine discovered, water does NOT contain all the necessary items to avoid these illnesses. Various companies have made large amounts of money in providing garishly colored drinks that provide some salt and a hideous amount of sugar. Perhaps we can do a little better than that.

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  • Banana Sandwich

    Three days of 95+ heat, three days of 8-12 hours working with no AC in a small windowless room. I am close to collapse from the heat, and all my joints and muscles are giving me cramps. I know I need food, it is so hot, but I really want something other than cold soups, cold cuts, and ice cream.
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