The Barefoot Contessa.
The Pioneer Woman.
American Diner Revival.
Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives.
Anything with Rachel Ray...
It's been really rainy and quite cold here lately, very un-summer-y. Which just kind of perpetuates my crockpot cooking. Don't get me wrong - I am obsessed with the crockpot! I love making one meal that costs less than ten bucks and eating for nearly a week. But it really does get old. I want to cook. To make something on the stove. Something from beginning to dish-washing in one kitchen trip.
And then suddenly, the sun came out. The rain stopped. And it got H-O-T hot here! Finally! The warmth. The sunlight. Oh, I've missed this. I got outside and laid by the pool for some color yesterday, and the band played right on the lake last night. There's no denying it! Summer has officially taken stage!
A couple days ago, Ree Drummond, affectionately known as The Pioneer Woman, featured a show about cooking outdoor foods indoors. It really felt like summer everywhere - both on the tele and out the window. I wasn't really interested in cooking what she made on the show, but it did get me interested in summer-y foods. I don't always think the point of watching the Food Network or reading blogs like this or losing a few hours on Pinterest is so much to make what I see in front of me, but to kick up my senses and fire my imagination. Find my own voice.
|Meat and peppers|
So my grandma taught me to make sloppy joes for that reason (and probably because she doesn't believe in Manwich). She told me that all you need is ketchup, mustard, and anything else you want to put in it. Over the years, I've made it with many different ingredients. Everything from spices to hot sauce, to just pepper. Make some hamburger meat, chop it up, done. Bun or bread. Cheese or no cheese. It really doesn't mater.
|All mixed together!|
Today, I put it all together. Spices from the pantry, ketchup, mustard - and a new experiment - balsamic vinegar and some wassabi sauce! Delicious! Put together on some Hawaiian Rolls and cheese, right next to the store bought side salads - it made a perfect lunch. And will make a perfect dinner. And a few more meals this week. I couldn't be happier.