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Tips and Ideas for Summer Meals

I like to cook during the summer.  But with the heat outside, I do not want to heat up the house.  My solutions was toaster ovens or small ovens on the enclosed outside porch.  I am now able to cook in smaller size pans morning or night.

Entrées -

The other day, I made cornbread(see Winter recipe section) in the morning and oven fried fish for dinner.  For the oven-fried fish, I changed my book recipe a little.  I used bread crumbs seasoned with Italian seasoning, grated Parmesan cheese, and a dash of red pepper flakes in the crumb mixture.  Then I drenched the skinned snapper into olive oil, following by drenching the fish into the crumb mixture.  I then placed the fish into a small preheated oven of 425 for the 4-6 minutes on each side.  The result was fish tasty and crispy.

note:  Small oven and toasters tend to cook faster than large oven.  Keep an eye on your meals until you are sure of the timing of these ovens.

Salads-

With the high heat this month, I been making a great many dinner salads.  I love curry chicken salad.  Usually with curry you need some sweetness in the salad.  I was out of raisins, and dried apricots.  But, I did happen to have on hand some cherries.  So I decided to chop up the cherries and add them to the salad.  The cherries gave the salad a really nice taste.  Who knew?  Other salads to consider are smoked turkey, grape and basil salad; cobb salad; macaroni salad; pesto shrimp salad; and others with meat or fish.  One note about gluten-free pastas, do not undercook rice pastas.  Also, cook only the amount of pasta you will likely eat.  Rice pasta has the tendency to flatten and get a little tough when it sits overnight.  Another trick you might like to try in macaroni salad is to use some cooked yolks (from hard boiled eggs) mashed with a combination of mustards mixed with mayonnaise.  The combination of these ingredients make a very tasty macaroni salad.

Vegetables-

Don’t forget to marinate vegetables this summer for grilled meals.  Vegetables are a perfect side dish for summer meals.  You will find the recipe for this in my ”Summer Recipes” section.

Have a good summer with delicious gluten-free meals.

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