Menu Monday 8/4

Heather says:

It is hot and about to get hotter; there’s a heat wave on the horizon that promises triple digit heat indexes.  Mr. Heather is working long hours which isn’t unusual, but during the dog days of summer it can be hard to muster the energy to put on a full meal.

Tell me, Home Eccers, what do you prepare when it’s too hot to cook and almost too hot to eat?

  • Monday – Chicken skewers with a Thai peanut sauce for dipping, onigiri, sliced bell pepper and broccoli for dipping
    Onigiri is a Japanese snack, rice and vegetables assembled like sushi.  I’ve been experimenting with foods for the baby and  these were extremely well received by everyone.
  • Tuesday – Taco salad
  • Wednesday – Contributing pasta salad to a pot luck
  • Thursday – C.O.R.N
    Clean Out Refrigerator Night
  • Friday- Fried chicken, green beans, rice, gravy, salad
    Stepdaughter will soon be going home and requested this.
  • Saturday – Sub sandwich night
  • Sunday – Chicken pilau, green peas, corn on the cob, 1st birthday cake
    I needed something that could feed a crowd with plenty of leftovers for Mr. Heather as I have to take the kids out of town. Yes, again.

What’s on the menu at your place?


  1. Heidi @ Carolina Dreamz on August 6, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Yum Onigiri! I’ve never made it at home. I am working on a post of my Americanized Japanese favorites..

    The heat is about to kill me, inside the a/c, so the oven is off limits.

    I’ve been stuffing the fridge with salad fixings. I buy deli luncheon meats in 1/2 inch cuts and come home and cube them up. I cube up different cheeses, too, according to some of our particular likes.

    I try to keep prepped veggies that individuals can add to their own salad creations.

    Matt learned how to make chicken salad, today, too, with grapes and apples.

    Its like having containers of things that create a salad bar in my fridge.. that caters to everyone’s likes and loves.

    We are also doing breakfast for dinner. French toast and fruit, tonight. Muffins, too. I’ll be posting links to the recipes, soon.

  2. Badbadivy on August 6, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Nicki- true, to someone from Japan, onigiri is nothing like sushi. But when describing it to Americans, it’s the best thing to compare it to. Americans just aren’t as familiar with the ways of Asian cooking as people from Asian countries are.

  3. Heather on August 5, 2008 at 5:32 am

    The cookbook I adapted the recipe from gave the description. I will admit to not being very familiar with Asian cooking, it’s not a form I have studied.

  4. Nicki on August 5, 2008 at 2:19 am

    I live in Japan, and I don’t think onigiri is like sushi at all. For one, sushi contains vinegared rice and raw fish, while onigiri contain no vinegar and cooked fillings.

    Onigiri usually contains some sort of fish or pickled filling inside. Onigiri aren’t usually made with vegetables… Traditional fillings are salted salmon, pickled plum, or chopped Japanese-style pickles…

    If you’re putting vegetables like carrots or something in your rice balls, you’re not really making onigiri, you’re making American-style rice with vegetables…

  5. Brenda on August 5, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Salads here….both pasta types, as well as chef’s salads. Build-your-own sandwiches are good, & fun for the kids. I also use the Crock-Pot a good deal when I want something hot, or even just to make a whole meat in order to have that meat as the foundation for other meals. Saves heating up the kitchen, & then I can just portion things out. I wish I were a more avid grill cook. I like the taste, but my timing is always off, no matter how early I start the coals!


  6. Kendra on August 4, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    A lot of salads…spice them up with stripes of steak or chicken. Tuna or chicken salad. Sandwiches or stuffed pitas. We also do a lot of meatless mushroom burgers and steamed or broiled seafood. And of course grilling.

  7. Traci on August 4, 2008 at 8:26 am

    OH, I love the C.O.R.N. tag….too funny. Are you from the corn state?….lol.

    I like the gyros post also…..thanks!!!

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