Ah, July in the kitchen. When there is so much to be done and so much garden goodness to be enjoying, and yet....it's just too hot to be in here! Until my dreams of a summer kitchen come true (it will someday, it really will), I'm finding ways to sneak in here when it's cool...and avoid standing over a hot stove otherwise. A few things happening these days in the kitchen.....besides the popcorn, berries, hardboiled eggs routine of norm.....
- Chia pudding! How did I not know?? I use chia seeds in our smoothies and in some bar recipes that we like, but I had no idea about pudding! It's the easiest thing ever, and so tasty. It's a game-changer, I think. Easy morning breakfast, to be sure. (The 'recipe" is something like this, though I only let mine site for four hours, not overnight.)
- Grilled Pizza. An absolute summer favorite. It gets me outside cooking, it's quick, and my kitchen stays free of the heat. Plus, there's just so much goodness to put on top of the pizza this time of year. (Here's a method of sorts for grilling pizza.) My biggest tip for making grilled pizza successful is to have all of the ingredients ready to go before you start - it happens quickly.
- Puff Pastry has been appearing a lot on the table of late as well. Basically....pizza with more butter? Something like that. It's just something easy that I can layer good things on top of, stick in the oven and walk away without having to use the stove top (the stovetop raging is when I get too warm in the kitchen and grouchy). A favorite combination is zucchini, sausage and peas. Though we made a pesto, tomato and basil one the next night that was gobbled right up.
- Pie, pie, and more pie. We are at the point in our berry growing (just four seasons in) that there is a lot of fruit, but not exactly enough for an epic amount of preserving to happen. And if we can't fill a freezer with raspberries and blueberries, we might as well eat them and fully enjoy them right now, yes? We think so. And a tasty blueberry-raspberry pie has therefore been on the table more than once this week. There's no better breakfast than that.
- So many of the herbs I started drying a few weeks ago are ready for storing, and so the jars are filling with oregano, mint, thyme, sage, and more. It feels good to see the pantry shelves starting to fill back up again!
And you? What's happening in your July kitchen?