Not having a working air conditioner in my car focuses the mind a bit. I had invited my parents over for dinner tonight and I told them it was going to be a variety of salads, because the air conditioner in our house struggles to keep it below 80 degrees when it is this hot, and I don't plan on using the oven until, say, September. To beat the heat, I was at the grocery this morning at 7:00 a.m., and I had everything done and in the refrigerator by 9:30 a.m. I went through my Everyday Food collection and made my list last night, so I was ready bright and early this morning. Which was good, because it was 85 degrees by 7:30 a.m. But I've been terrible at making meals lately, so I knew by inviting people over, I'd get motivated.
I made a pasta/tomato/basil/mozzarella salad, a chicken/artichoke salad, a tuna/apple salad, a corn/radish/chilies salad, and a TexMex 7-layer dip for a little something different. Oh, and fresh blueberries and strawberries with vanilla ice cream for dessert. I love "cooking" this way, and hopefully I will do a little better, at least for the next week or so, now that I've gotten started.
Corn and radish salad from July/August 2004 (pretty, but a little bland, needs something)
Pasta salad, inspired by rigatoni with tomatoes and mozzarella, from June 2004, heavily modified.
8 layer dip, June 2010 (this was as delicious as it was pretty)
recipe from Allrecipes for it, and I'll definitely make it again.
Did I mention it was hot here?