Easy Summer Recipe

cook_book We’re bound to have a few more hazy, hot, and humid days before autumn arrives.

And since nobody feels like getting too close to the stove on a steamy day; how about one more cool and delicious summer supper recipe? 馃檪


Shrimp Salad with Fruit

路 1 pound cooked shrimp – fresh or frozen
路 2 cups diced fresh red apples
路 2 cups diced fresh pears
路 1 cup thinly sliced celery
路 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
路 2 tablespoons milk
路 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
路 2 teaspoons grated onion
路 1 teaspoon salt
路 salad greens
路 paprika

Thaw shrimp if frozen. Cut large shrimp in half. Place the shrimp, pears, apples and celery in a large bowl. Combine mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, onion and salt; mix well.
Pour over shrimp mixture and toss lightly. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
Serve on salad greens. Sprinkle with paprika. 6 servings.

VARIATION: Substitute two cups diced fresh pineapple for the two cups of diced pears. Chill salad and dressing separately, then add dressing to shrimp mixture just before serving; toss lightly. Serve in fresh pineapple shells or in lettuce cups.


Summer Is Coming! Recipe

bluepansies Here in New England, it’s been unseasonably warm lately. Temperatures have hit 90-94 degrees in the last few days – breaking the record set in 1925! All I can say is: “Calgon, take me away!” I’m not ready for the heat just yet. I’ve always marveled at people who seem to thrive when the temperatures soar.

The hot weather has reminded me of something I’d like to share with you, though. 馃檪 Would you like an idea for a “cool” meal to have on a hot summer evening? Nothing fancy, but colorful and delicious?

When I was growing up, and the weather was hazy, hot, and humid, my mother would often make what she called a “cold supper”. Nothing on the plate was hot. It was so refreshing be able to enjoy a meal that was attractive and nutritious but not steaming hot! Now I’ll warn you that this is not necessarily quicker to make than a regular meal, but if you prepare enough, you can have it for a couple of days during a summer heat wave. (You’ll need to cook some potatoes and hard-boil a few eggs early in the day when it’s cooler. You may want to slice some of the veggies and fruit ahead of time, as well.

Cold Supper

Arrange on each dinner plate:vegetables

1 small scoop tuna salad (or salmon, or even slices of cold beef or ham that you may have left-over)
1 small scoop potato salad
1 hard boiled egg peeled and sliced
garden tomato slices
cucumber slices
carrot sticks
pepper strips
melon wedges – peeled
fresh peach slices
tiny bunch of seedless grapes
blueberries, strawberries, any berries in season
pickles (sweet or dill!)
1 slice of hearty bread (or a fresh roll)

Change the list according to your favorites or to what is in season in your area. We often had different combinations! Substitute coleslaw for the lettuce, or watermelon for the cantaloupe. The main idea is to have a blend of protein, fruits, and veggies that are arranged in an attractive fashion on your plate. 馃檪 Then, have sherbet or popsicles for dessert – and it will suddenly seem as if the temperature has dropped 5 degrees!

You’ll be surprised how much fun it is to sit down to this meal. Kids love it too!

Hope this helps to keep you cool this summer,