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Cooking Ideas for Those Last Dog Days of Summer

When it’s hotter than the dickens and you have to cook, it can feel like you’re an army cook in the trenches. What are you supposed to make for everyone now? No one wants you to turn the oven on, and even standing over the stove sounds horrible. But do you really want yet another cold cut sandwich? Takeout is getting expensive, and your waste line is not thanking you for all those last minute runs to the pizza place.

So what will it be tonight? Why not try these recipes for you and the family. They’re simple, delicious, nutritious and perfect for those last dog days of summer.

Delicious Avocado and Cucumber Salad

First, let’s talk about salad. This is always a good idea when it’s hot out. There’s only chopping involved, and there’s no need to turn on the oven or the stove. You can also use some of your delicious summer vegetables and fruits if you have a garden.

The salad we suggest to you combines two favorites of summer. First, we have avocado. Next, there’s cucumber. These are fresh and easy to find ingredients in the summer.
You’ll be chopping these two ingredients and adding them to cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes, halved cherry or grape tomatoes and a few cups of freshly grilled and chilled corn kernels. Put all of this together with some chopped red onion, lime juice from a fresh lime, a few drizzles of olive oil, cumin seeds and salt and pepper to taste. It’s a delicious combination that the whole family will love. Don’t forget to add a pinch of freshly ground red pepper as well!

A Delicious Summer Soup

Who says soup is only for fall and winter? Gazpacho is a classic summer dish in Spain and a traditional Iberian dish. Cold soups like gazpacho can be made at any time, and they’re even perfect when you’re in a rush. Again, there’s no need to use your stove or oven. All the ingredients are cold.

Start with a half pound of fresh tomatoes and one pound of cubed watermelon in a blender. Throw some mint leaves and a diced English cucumber in. Add a few drizzles of olive oil and some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Blend this mixture and top with fresh cheese crumbles.

Fun Lunch Ideas For School

When school starts back after a long summer, you want your children to have a nutritious lunch that they can enjoy in the time that they have allotted. There are a few fun recipes that are easy to make the night before that are packed full of the vitamins and nutrients that will help children focus during the day. Most recipes include something from each food group.

Create a taco bar for your children with a plastic container that has small dividers. If there aren’t dividers, then use small containers in a large plastic container so that all of the ingredients stay separate. Put a simple taco in the center of the container. It could be one with browned beef, or you could use a lunch meat, such as turkey or ham. Add items that the child can put on the taco that might include shredded lettuce, salsa and cheese. The taco can be made so that it’s something the child will enjoy. Add a few tortilla chips for a side dish.

A meal that includes a higher amount of protein is a chicken salad sandwich. Make it a little more elegant with a deli bun instead of just two pieces of white bread. Add a tomato and lettuce for a healthy meal that will help your child get through the rest of the day. Another option with chicken salad is to create a roll-up with a tortilla wrap.

The night before school, bread small pieces of chicken to make healthy chicken nuggets. Include a dipping sauce that the child will enjoy in the lunchbox along with slices of fruit or vegetables. Chicken strips are also a good idea as they are easy to hold and provide a little more chicken than a small nugget. This might be something that older children would enjoy with the nuggets being reserved for younger children who don’t eat as much during the school day. Panko bread crumbs sometimes work best as a coating as they give a crunch to the outside of the chicken.

French Fries With Curry Sauce Are A Tasty And Popular Snack Food

Being a longtime foodie, I just love reading about different types of foods. Earlier today, I came across an online article that was about French fries with curry sauce.

Since I am already a fan of French fries that are seasoned with curry powder, I was interested in reading the article as soon as I saw it.

In this article, the author mentions how much she enjoyed a meal that she recently ate at an Irish pub in Fairfax, Virginia.

The meal that she shared with her husband included fare such as bangers and mash, a burger with gravy, and crab bisque. The food that she enjoyed there the most, however, was an order of French fries served with curry sauce.

The article’s author goes on to say that French fries are not usually one of her favorite foods, but when they are served with curry sauce, they become an addictive snack for her.

Several years ago, I first learned about the popularity of curry-flavored French fries in England and Ireland. When cooking frozen French fries in the oven at home, I often rub some curry powder into the fries before placing them in the oven. The resulting flavors are indeed quite delicious.

Although I’ve never eaten French fries with curry sauce, after reading this short yet appetizing article, I definitely want to try eating this popular taste sensation.

Get Your Ninja Dogs at Ikea Japan

The hot dog has been around in one for or another for centuries, but there haven’t been too many innovations when it comes to it presentation. However, that’s changing at Ikea stores in Japan, which is offering customers the chance to eat the “Ninja Dog,” in celebration of the company’s 10th year in the country.

Ikea, which is more famous for selling assembled furniture and other home-oriented items, already sells a hot dog that’s virtually the equivalent of a foot-long to its hungry patrons. However, the Ninja Dog has a very visible difference from the standard order. While the meat remains the same size, the hot dog and the bun have a black hue to them, while all condiments remain the same.

The process in helping both items reached that distinctive color involves the use of edible bamboo charcoal. Despite the unappealing look that it might have with some consumers, this type of charcoal actually is supposedly beneficial to a person’s health. That’s because of its alleged ability is able to kill toxins in the body.

While there’s no real scientific evidence that such a claim is true, the unique nature of the item and the alleged health properties have caught the attention of customers.

Japan isn’t the only Asian country to attempt this new innovation, with Korea also selling hot dogs with black buns. This particular product is reminiscent of the publicity that was created in 2014 when Burger King outlets in Japan began selling Whoppers with black buns.

A Taste of the Windy City Hits the Big Apple

A signature food making its way to other cities and areas around the world is the goal of many chefs and food-conscious individuals. One of the most recent examples of this can be seen in the New York opening of a sandwich shop that focuses on a culinary creation that first became famous in Chicago, the Italian beef sandwich.

Not surprisingly, the owner of Hank’s Juicy Beef grew up in the Chicago area and his main recipe is family-based. Hank Tibensky has lived in New York for the past 10 years but only recently decided to try his luck in the food and restaurant business. The only connection he previously had with this segment of the industry was when his aunt’s family ran a restaurant that sold pizza and beef sandwiches.

The sandwich itself had previously been available in New York City, though it was part of a much more extensive menu. Tibensky’s shop in the Tribeca district focuses almost exclusively on the Italian beef variety and uses only sustainably-bred beef that’s sliced thin. That beef is then marinated, adding Italian spices for seasoning purposes before then adding giardiniera as a topping.

The dough for the bread used for the sandwiches is made in Chicago by a friend who owns a bakery. After then being shipped to New York, it’s then baked and used on such orders as the “Combo,” which merges the beef with sausage. Plans are on tap to add another Chicago-based item: a Vienna beef-based hot dog.