You need to conserve your energy for swimming and softball, so when it's time to cook, give these simple summer recipes a try.
Fast and easy gazpacho for hot summer days. Top with cilantro and tortilla chips.
Chilled coconut milk and honeydew with an infusion of mint and melon liqueur makes a delightful start to a meal. Served in a chilled small soup cup and garnished with a sprig of peppermint. Every time it gets wows! Volume varies with the size of the melon. I use 5-ounce servings.
Don't worry--these don't have eccentric California ingredients! In fact, they are very traditional. The only exception is the use of sourdough bread crumbs, which lend a fuller, tangier flavor than crackers or plain crumbs. Combine the sourdough bread crumbs with a perfect blend of spices and vegetables and lots of crab, and you have a winning combination. Make smaller cakes for appetizers, or larger ones -- like these -- for main dishes. Enjoy!
Strawberries with cream and sugar in a light, fluffy dessert that will cap off your meal with a touch of class.
An easy to make summertime salad. A favorite at our home.
A delicious morning meal for any time of the year, but especially during summer. For college students and thrifters, it is also one of the meals that costs less than laundry.
Hot and spicy sauce for chicken wings or your favorite meat. Sure to clear sinuses! (Omit pepper at the end and some of the chili powder to reduce the heat, if desired.)
A light and unusual salad for hot summer days. Can be eaten on the spot, or made from the night before chilled. A really quick light dish for the hot summer days...and it looks as good as it taste!
A very quick, simle and tasty salad to meat dishes.
This recipe is perfect on game day when you need to feed a crowd. If you have more than 6 people I recommend doubling the bird. Serve with baked beans, biscuits, and coleslaw.
Carne Asada tacos. Very easy entertaining recipe. If you can wield a food processor and a set of tongs, you are set. I always kick off the summer camping season by doing these over the campfire. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can do most everything beforehand, leaving you time to quaff a few with your buddies. Perfect for tailgating or camping where people stand while they eat.
The meatiest burger oozing with cheese a man could possibly create. Uses buffalo meat instead of beef for a slightly different take on the classic cheese-stuffed hamburger experience.
My Dad is a diabetic with a wicked sweet tooth. I make this when he comes to visit. Low carb, completely sugar-free, and no one will ever know!
This is a vinegar and mustard based "Carolina Style" sauce, as opposed to most ketchup and molasses based sauces. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors brings out the absolute best in grilled pork and chicken. This is the only sauce I use for my ribs!
Lucky break for this tender steak: A soak in butter and steak sauce. Inspired by granger35's "Best Steak, Pork, Chicken Fish and Vegetable Marinade"
Good steak starts with a bath in pre-made Italian dressing and butter. Inspired by granger35's "Best Steak, Pork, Chicken Fish and Vegetable Marinade"
Unknown in Italy, Italian dressing works in a big way here in the States. Like on this great steak. Italy, you're missing out. Inspired by granger35's "Best Steak, Pork, Chicken Fish and Vegetable Marinade"
That denizen of the refrigerator door, Italian dressing, is the star of this good T-Bone steak recipe. Inspired by granger35's "Best Steak, Pork, Chicken Fish and Vegetable Marinade"
A great steak flavored by a soak in Italian dressing, butter, and steak sauce. Inspired by granger35's "Best Steak, Pork, Chicken Fish and Vegetable Marinade"
Get good steak from the grill to the table. First step: A soak in this simple marinade. Inspired by granger35's "Best Steak, Pork, Chicken Fish and Vegetable Marinade"