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Tips and Ideas for Summer Meals

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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.


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.


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.