Can I get a show of hands from everyone who loves hot temperatures?!?!?
No, really. If you like the heat, raise your hand!
And the cheese stands alone. (In this case, I am the cheese.)
For six years, I lived in Lake Havasu City for from May until late August. The time of year when temperatures reach 127 (the highest I ever saw), sane people leave town, and the crazies that stay only leave their homes between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am.
Me? I studied birds, so I was outside from 4 am until noon. After work, I’d throw on a bikini and head to the pool. Until yesterday, I didn’t know how much I’ve missed those days. I’m in Phoenix for a genetics workshop (said in my most nerdy voice) and yesterday, I spent 2 glorious hours at the hotel pool in the 110 degree heat. And I loved every minute of it.
What does one eat in 110 degree weather? Why salads, of course. And fruit. Lots and lots and lots of fruit.
Remember me waxing poetic about the best cookbook ever to grace these hot little hands? Since returning from London, I’ve paged through it more times than I should admit to, and since everything sounded so good, I couldn’t pick anything. I was paralyzed by the greatness of this cookbook.
So I started small. Instead of going whole hog straight into a salad, I made one of the salad dressings. I just used it on a typical Katie-salad. And in typical Katie form, I’ve eaten this same salad, with this same dressing for about a week now. You could say that I like it.
Berry Vinaigrette (Makes a whole crap-load)
Adapted from Best Salads Ever
- 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 4 T strawberry balsamic vinegar (or regular)
2 T olive oil
2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 c water (or more, to desired consistency)
salt and pepper
sweetener of choice, to taste
Blend everything together until creamy. I used frozen berries, strawberry balsamic, and stevia leaves to sweeten the dressing.
I know this doesn’t seem like much of a recipe, but sometimes basic is the best way to go. Besides, in weather like this, you really just want something light to go with your pile o’ goodness.
I even brought salad fixin’s and this dressing with me to the workshop for lunch. While everyone else was chowing down on junk food and soggy sandwiches, I got to enjoy my salad. They were all jealous. Trust me.
Do you prefer the hot summer weather or are you a cold weather snow bunny? I used to pretend that I was a snow bunny, but really, I only participate in winter sports to make the winter bearable. So that I can outlast it until the fun starts in the summer!
Thanks to everyone for expressing concern about the wildfire that is burning down the forests surrounding my house. My house is still standing, the garden is safe, and although it is now 14,000 acres, officials say the fire is getting closer to being under control.