Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Summer Kitchen Tips

Here in the U.S. we are approaching our HOT days!!!  I know many of you are enjoying fall/winter, but hopefully these ideas will help you in some way too.
There are so many little tips and tricks we can use to make life a little easier.  We all like easier!!!
Hope you find one or two you can use.

  • Hull fresh strawberries with a plastic straw.  Push the straw up through the bottom of strawberry to the upper stem area and the stem and hull pop right out.
  • Add a pinch of sugar to  water when boiling corn on the cob.  It tends to enhance the sweetness of the corn
  • Add crushed garlic, chopped fresh herbs, lemon juice, horseradish,  relish, ketchup, mustard, etc. to mayonnaise to jazz up the flavor,  NO need to go buy something else.
  • Make a cool low fat smoothie - fruit juice, yogurt, and fruit - blend with 4 or 5 ice cubes.  YUM
  • A quick appetizer - a block of cream cheese topped with hot pepper jelly OR any jelly and serve with crackers.  Yummy and refreshing and EASY.  Makes a super easy treat for unexpected guests
  • Freeze grape juice, cranberry juice, or any flavor juice in ice cube trays to add to tea or lemonade.  Freeze tea or Kool-aid to in trays to use in drinks to keep them from getting watered down.  Add fruit, herbs or even fresh flowers to cubes for a festive addition to drinks.
  • Fill peppers - large or small - with leftover spaghetti/sauce add cheese and grill until warmed through and melted
  • Slice peaches, add some sugar and bit of 'fruit fresh' (or lemon juice) and place in individual size baggies and freeze.  To eat - remove from freezer and eat when partially  thawed.  Such a refreshing treat
  • Make a fruit pizza - a large sugar cookie - topped with cream cheese/sugar and top with any fruit you have.  These are so good.  You can make INDIVIDUAL FRUIT PIZZAS - a sugar cookie - a dollop of yogurt and sliced fruit!   What a fun treat
  • Make a root beer (or any flavor) float.  Super cool and yummy treat
  • Pudding shake - 1 1/2 C milk and 1/2 C premade pudding blended together makes for a smooth and creamy drink/dessert
  • Before cubing an angel food cake for layering or dipping - freeze it and partially thaw - then cut.  You get more cake and fewer crumbs
  • Salads - chicken, tuna, ham, egg, veggie of all types, fruit, pasta......  There are so many wonderful salads and combinations to make that makes for a cool and filling meal
  • Grill whatever you can!  Veggies, meat, Ka-bobs, fruit.  There is no limit to what you can grill.  Peach halves or fresh pineapple slices are incredible when grilled - top with ice cream!  I love veggies grilled and meat/fish just taste better.
Grilled stuffed peppers

Grilled zucchini steaks - Mmmmmmm
  • Eat what is in season - saves money, eat healthy - you grow, farm markets, etc.
  • Tortillas are your friend.  One of my summer favorites are roll-ups!!  Use meat, veggies, salad, fruit, etc. and roll it up in a tortilla.  Meat and veggies are a great replacement for a plain old sandwich and less calories.  These are easy to eat and refreshing.
  • Make breakfast roll-ups with pancakes - spread with jelly or peanut butter or yogurt and add sliced fruit - roll and eat on the go.  
Cool meals and desserts are always a must in my house.  There are so many ideas to eat well and yummy and stay cool.  I love any trick that helps me in the kitchen and makes my world a bit easier.  Have fun with food and keep summer kitchen life simple.
Remember - a meal CAN be whatever fills you up!!!!  It doesn't have to be many courses.

Do you have any special tricks or ideas to share?
ENJOY

14 comments:

  1. Yesterday I read a tip about making lemon ice cubes to add to tea. I thought that was so clever, and now you have these great tips on something similar. And those tortilla pinwheels look so good and refreshing. I need to make those soon. Thank you for the idea.

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    1. Lemon ice cubes would be so refreshing. So many fun ideas out there.
      I love the pinwheels - one of my favorite summer foods. Good for entertaining as well.
      You are welcome!

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  2. Great ideas Cheryl. We freeze all our grapes for the grandkids. They love them.

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  3. I drink Gatorade after mowing or doing strenuous yard work and want to try making it to keep on hand in the summer. Found a recipe on Food.com I think I will try. Homemade has to be cheaper than $5.99 a 8-pack that I've been paying.

    Had a tuna salad sandwich today (after mowing). Nice and refreshing and good with potato chips and an apple.

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    1. I used to make Gatorade years ago with Kool-Aid. Much cheaper to make.
      Your lunch sounds just right!

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  4. Hi hun, Brilliant tips *thank you*!. *hugs* Goldensunflowerx

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  5. Great tips! I tend to do my cooking early in the morning so that I miss the heat later in the day. Yesterday I made potato salad and a fruit salad and baked two potatoes in the microwave. This morning, I used a couple of mushy bananas for banana bread and made a small pot of loaded baked potato soup. With leftovers and some meat on the grill we'll have lots to eat.

    Take care and stay well!

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    1. My goodness that all sounds wonderful. You are wise to do batch cooking and do it early in the day.
      YUM

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  6. Roll your corn on the cob in a wet paper towel and microwave it. We do 4 minutes for 2 ears. Use the warm towel for a clean up after eating the corn.

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    1. I will have to try that. Thank you so much for the tip.

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  7. Slice Zucchini and yellow summer squash lengthwise and scoop out some of the center. Add something beefy, cheesy and with a carb to the center of each. Bake about 20 min or whatever you need.

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    1. I love stuffed zucchini. I have done that many times and it so very good. It makes for a meal!
      Thank you!

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