Have I ever mentioned that Pinterest is both the best and worst thing that ever happened to me? It’s true, and I doubt I’m the only one who feels that way. I don’t even want to admit how much time I can spend there on what is supposed to be just a quick visit. I saw somewhere (maybe even on Pinterest) the following statement: for every diet plan on Pinterest there is at least two delicious dessert recipes. It really is a very accurate statement. For me it isn’t really the dessert recipes that trip me up, because I have to be in a specific mood to attempt baking, but rather it’s the ooey gooey cheesey recipes that get me to ignore my diet and pin away for future use.
I spent the Fourth of July holiday with my family in Saint Louis. It was so nice to get out of the city for a few days and be around family. My aunt is a great cook, and I always look forward to nights when we stay in for dinner, because her food never disappoints. She is a big fan of Iron Chef Michael Symon and his show television show The Chew, and one night while we were debating dinner she decided to try this recipe out on us. It was a grilled Greek style chicken and a Greek salad. The chicken was good, but for our purposes we will just focus on the salad. It was phenomenal! You know a salad is good when everyone at the table (a table full of pretty serious meat eaters, might I add) goes back for seconds and even thirds. I know I’ve posted a lot of salad recipes lately, and I promise more variety in the next few weeks, but this was just too good not to share!
Each week in the Temple Sholom E-News blast there is an eco-friendly tip at the bottom courtesy of Temple Sholom’s Eco Chavura – a group that I am so proud and excited to be a part of. Some weeks the tip is more relevant to my life than others, and I have to say the one in the July 1st issue hit particularly close to home. I had to stop and reread it, especially the last line about how much food just being a little more organized can save. If you missed it in the E-News there is the tip for you:
It is hard to believe that it is July already! It feels like spring and summer are just rushing right past us in a race to get to fall and the High Holidays. And these next few days leading up to the fourth of July are no exception. I feel like I have so much to do these next three evenings and not enough time to do everything. I need to unpack from my weekend trip to Pittsburgh (I saw Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls with my sisters on Saturday. They were AMAZING, and they’re playing Ravinia this week – if you’re a fan I definitely recommend making the trip north to Highland Park!), do laundry, tidy up my apartment, run various errands, pack , etc. etc. etc.
As summer progresses and the temperatures start inching higher and higher the less likely I am to want to cook anything, especially after I have been working all day. Don’t get me wrong I love cooking, but sometimes it’s hard to motivate myself to make an actual meal just for myself and it’s even harder to find that motivation when the temperature is in the high 80s. During the hot summer months I often find myself looking for different salad recipes or attempting to create my own salads. For me salads are the perfect summer dinner. They are quick, easy, and don’t require standing over a hot stove on a warm summer night.
For many of us, as we head into Summer, our thoughts turn to cookouts. In my family, this was especially the case, and I have distinct memories of my dad firing up the grill many times during the warm summer months. Sometimes he would do this for a larger family picnic like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, but often we would grill out just on an ordinary night. Cooking and eating outside always made the meal feel special, even if we were just having hamburgers and hot dogs.
In honor of summer (and warmer weather that’s hopefully here to stay) I thought I’d put a little twist on this week’s Meatless Monday post and share a recipe for homemade strawberry lemonade . This recipe comes from my sister. I’ve mentioned in past blogs that she’s become a vegetarian over the past year. In addition to that change, she has really made a conscious effort to be healthier overall. She has given up all soda and other carbonated beverages, and has switched from dairy milk to Almond Milk. In the beginning she was drinking a lot of bottled lemonade and ice teas to replace the soda, but recently she decided she wanted to be in control of the quality of ingredients and started looking for recipes she could make herself. After making the recipe below she immediately shared it with friends and family.
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