Monday, 18 June 2012
When the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and the days are long, the last thing you want is to be stuck in the kitchen day after day making meals when you could be doing something else. Eating outside is a great idea in the summer, and this calls for a lighter meals sometimes. There are plenty of great dishes that you can make, and you can even come up with some of your own for easy summer meals that won't weigh you down or get in the way of having your summertime fun.
The key to good and easy summer meals is to find foods that are easy to make but that are also light and refreshing. A good steak on the grill is a must each summer for meat lovers, but you don't have to have heavy BBQ food when eating outside. You can find many great meals that will fill you up without bogging you down. Start with easy pasta dishes both cold and hot. These can be fast and easy but are also very satisfying. The best part is that you can reheat the left overs the next day and they will still taste great. Think of new pasta ideas and shapes, as some hold more sauce than others.
A good idea would be a pasta with olive oil, tomato, and a herb of your choice. You can use the oil to coat the pasta and the herbs and spices you choose will go right to the pasta and stick in the oil. You can use green peppers or onions?anything you like to eat. You can eat this type of pasta dish cold, or you can heat it up easily, depending on what you want that day. You can also make a cold pasta salad with spiral noodles, Italian dressing, pepperoni, cheese chunks, broccoli bits, and olives to compliment any other easy summer meals you may come up with on your own.
Easy summer meals also include things that you don't have to cook, though you could quickly heat if you wished. Things like submarine sandwiches that each person can make to their own liking are often hits. You can have three or four different meats and the same number of different cheeses. Add to this lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers, and anything else you like. You can also have a number of different sandwich spreads so that everyone can make their own unique sandwich quickly and easily.
Think of easy summer meals as anything that you can whip up quickly, won't spoil within minutes, and that are easy on the stomach. There are many great cookbooks you can buy that will have hundreds of ideas for meals that your family or friends will love. You don't have to be eating outside to enjoy these easy and light meals, nor do you have to be throwing a party to whip them up. Just prepare what you enjoy and make more than you can eat so you can enjoy the leftovers. Summer is for fun and activity, and you don't want heavy meals from bogging you down.
Friday, 01 June 2012
It smells like Father's Day!
Over the ages, it's been said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So what if instead of buying the usual signature pen or car accessory for Dad on Father's Day, you'll surprise him with something special like giving him the latest wine favorite and cook something fantastic for a Father's Day meal - steak on the grill!
Since it's for the Dad in your life it should be something very special, so you want to select the tenderest portions of meat for grilling. It is as important to know your cuts of meat before planning the menu or you might serve a flavorless, tough piece of leather on Father's Day. For many men, a great steak comes something really good and you might not notice the difference, but let's face it - Dads will.
When buying your steak, look for the word "loin" on the package. Experts recommend T-bone as the most superior cut of beef for grilling. T-bone steak stays tender and juicy, and is thick enough to withstand heat on the grill without overcooking. Round steaks or "chuck" may be good but these does not cook well on the grill as a T-bone does. You may go for flank steak and London broil but why not choose the most popular one of them all? T-Bone for Father's Day!
Next is to look for some good marbling in the steak. Now this is fat. But marbling means flavor and we're not cooking for a special diet on this special day, we're trying to give Dad a good steak, remember? That specks of fat in a steak will melt while the meat is cooking, giving the meat a wonderful, juicy and more tender flavor.
Knowing the grades of your steak brings the best quality of steak you are cooking for Father's Day dinner. If you are not sure how to choose a good steak, ask the experts, or consider ordering online if the service is available in your area. There is nothing like having a fresh, high-quality steak for Dad, and there's no better time to enjoy lean beef protein than with him on Father's Day.
Even though Dad makes the most delicious steak you have ever tasted, you can still surprise him with your steak. There is no accounting for taste, especially where the Dad of your life is concerned, but one thing is sure, it's going to be one of the best things he will love most on Father's Day. This can even be a perfect way to tell him or show him how much you love and appreciated him.
Perhaps this is also how I can let my Dad know how grateful I am to be his child and how much I appreciated his effort of trying so hard to be a better father. On Father's Day, I'll try to find T-bone steak and cook him steak on the grill.
Happy Father's Day!