Home Cooked Fast FoodWritten by Sue DeFiore
Many years ago a nifty little device came out called Crock Pot. You could cut up a bunch of veggies, meat, and spices, dump them in pot, and it did all hard work. You came home at end of day and Presto you had a nice hearty meal. Add a salad and some bread/rolls and you were set.
As I visit numerous on line boards and web groups/forums I see more and more people mentioning how they made their meal in crock pot. I am happy to see it is making a comeback. With all press which obesity crisis and how bad we all eat is getting, it gives me hope for many Americans. Now we just have to worry about how to get rest of them to eat healthier.
I am so tired of hearing from people they donít have time for home cooked meals. I work, I have kids, yada, yada, yada. Everyone has some kind of excuse. However, if you ask these same people if they saw Survivor, Amazing Race or any number of other reality shows, they can recite show from beginning to end. Well, how about using your hands for something other than stuffing your face while you are watching television. Cut up some meat and vegetables. If you really donít have time it will take to cook up meat (anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes depending on meat and how you like it) then buy pre-cooked meat.
Hot Fun In The SummertimeWritten by Susan Ely
Hot Fun In The Summertime
I lived in central Florida for fifteen long, hot years. This northern girl literally wilted on vine there. I just could not adapt to heat. My biggest complaint was that for some reason Florida was no longer regarded as a tropical climate, at least not when it came to business clothing. Whereas previously, a loose cotton or linen guayabera was obvious and acceptable choice for blistering weather, nowadays it could be a hundred degrees outside and yet everyone swelters in a suit. I donít get it. Who is making these rules?
Mealtimes tend to have lots of rules, too. Growing up, mealtime was exactly same at my house, summer or winter. Other than occasional barbecued hamburger, my Mother produced same meals day in and day out all year long. 98 degrees, oven on, burners flaming and no air conditioning, it didnít matter. As much as I love to cook, Iím no longer a slave to that line of thinking. When weather is tropical, so are my clothes and so are my meals. I say, lighten up! Try out these summer meal ideas and see how comfortable heat can be!
Even if your family demands a hot meal, try incorporating some cold items into menu. Pasta is still a great option; but make it with a fresh sauce instead of one that simmers all day long. Blanch your vegetables early in morning (or do extras one day) then marinate and serve cold with a grilled entree. Or roast two chickens, and save one to eat cold next evening.