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23 August 2019  

No end in sight to the hot temperatures.

High temperatures this week are expected to range between 89 and 94. And long about Thursday some monsoon moisture may return. Here are some strategies and recipes to help make tasty, light meals.

1. Don’t turn on your oven unless you really have to, and if you must bake, do it in the morning. Adding oven heat to afternoon heat can be a recipe for real discomfort. See if you can use your toaster oven instead of your full-sized oven. We've cooked everything from pizzas to cookies in our toaster oven.

2. Careful use of commercial ingredients like rotisserie chicken, pre cooked bacon and pre made crumb pie shells can reduce the need for oven use.

3. Use your outdoor grill for meats, vegetables and even fruits. Grilled peach halves with brown sugar and whipped cream or ice cream make a great dessert.

4. Plan ahead. grill an extra steak or two and use to make a composed salad along with grilled squash and other fresh vegetables. Cook extra chicken in your slow cooker to make pulled chicken sandwiches.

Of course salads and other vegetable dishes can supply all necessary nutritional needs, while keeping things light. Maybe have a vegetarian day. Or have a soup, salad, and sandwich day, with a cold soup, crisp salad and savory sandwiches. 

There will be a home canning workshop on Aug. 29 from 1-3 PM at the cooperative extension office at the fairgrounds.  There is  non-refundable fee of $28. For more information check here https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2019-08-29/food-preservation-workshop, or call Lydia Watts at 928-445-6590 ext 221.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—Buy 5 or more Save $1 on each Sale continues with 2 pages of items. Includes StarKist pouch for $.99/each, Sweet Baby Ray Barbecue Sauce $.99/each andOroweat Wide Pan Bread $1.49/each. The Fri and Sat only Digital coupon is for 1 lb Kroger Butter or 1 dz Kroger Cage Free Eggs for $1.99/each. There is a $1/each sale on Clif, Luna or Labars, Lunchables, and Smidge and Spoon Spices among other participating items.

Safeway—The special Digital Coupon is for Capri Sin Drind, 10 ct for $.25/each limit 2, $5 Friday includes New York Steaks, boneless, for $5/lb and large seedless watermelon for $2.50/each. Good Clip or Click coupons this week include American Beauty Pasta and Signature Select vegetables, Tomatoes or Beans, $.49/can.

Sprouts—72 hr sale Fri, Sat, & Sun. Check out Olathe Sweet Corn 8 ears for $1 and Thick Sliced Bacon from the Butcher Shop for $3.99/lb.Sprouts also wants you to consider Tropical Fruits, there is a 25% off Sale on a number of Tropical Inspired items and 35% off on Bulk Tropical Fruit such as banana chips and dried mango. 

National Days This Week

Aug 22Bao or Baozi Day (Chinese Steamed Dumplings)

Aug 23Sponge Cake Day

Aug 24Peach Pie Day

Aug 27Pots de Creme Day

Food Suggestions For a Hot Week

Main Dishes

  • Steak Salad (A Composed Salad) *
  • Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken *
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwiches *
  • Grilled Steak (Steak prices continue low this summer.)
  • Pasta Salad *
  • Instant Pot Beef Broccoli *

Salads, Sides and Starters

  • Jamie Oliver’s  Principles for Superb Salads *
  • Bao (or Baozi) *
  • Corn Salad with Feta *
  • Crusty Bread or Rolls *
  • Chef’s Salad *
  • Brown Rice
  • Healthy Potato Salad *
  • Corn on the Cob—Microwave and Grill Directions *

Desserts

  • Ice Cream Sundaes
  • Sponge Cake with Fruit *
  • Peach Pie *
  • Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme *

Recipes and Videos

Steak Salad (A Composed Salad)

12-15 oz thin strips of leftover grilled steak (you could also do this with roast beef from the deli)

1 head romaine lettuce torn into small pieces. I always discard the outermost leaves, cut off about half of the leafy top, cut into quarters lengthwise then tear into bite sized pieces. I also discard some of the toughest parts of the rib.

2 ripe tomatoes, cut into thin wedges or chunks

8-12 asparagus tips, steamed crisp/tender and totally cooled.

Other vegetables you might use: small florets of broccoli or cauliflower, cooked crisp/tender, cooled; small red or yellow potatoes, boiled, cooled, cut in quarters; yellow or orange bell peppers, cut in thin strips; green onions, sliced thin, white and green parts.

Cut steak strips into 2-3 inch pieces and roll up into little cylinders. 

In 4 large wide bowls, arrange a bed of lettuce. Place steak in the middle and arrange the rest of the ingredients around it.

Serve with your favorite dressing. Something with some mustard would be good.

Crusty Bread with good butter is a welcome addition.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Make extra, freeze to keep for a while or use to make Pilled Chicken Sandwiches.

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

In a hurry, but still want that delicious goodness of Honey Garlic Chicken? Why not make it in your Instant Pot - ready to serve from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches (makes 4)

You will need 

2 cups of pulled Chicken. Use either leftover rotisserie chicken or chicken meat from another day. Slow cooker boneless thighs or breast is good. Just use two forks to pull the meat apart while it is still warm or pull by hand.

Your favorite barbecue sauce

4 rolls (hamburger buns work fine)

Pasta Salad

Interesting, using the frozen veggies like this. Never thought of that. I’d use peas and corn. Could also add diced celery, green onions, any other al dente cooked veggie. To use as an main dish add cooked chicken, ham or beef and some diced cheese. I like to use 1/2 Mayo and 1/2 sour cream or yogurt or creme fraiche. 

Instant Pot Broccoli Beef

Maybe use some olive oil and some sesame oil. Also, I wonder what would happen if you added the corn starch mix, stirred, added the broccoli on top, cooked a minute (or less?) then released pressure quickly and stirred. I have never tried it that way but it might produce crisper broccoli.

Jamie Oliver’s Principles for Superb Salads

Bao or Baozi (Chinese Pork Dumpling)

A good explanation

Corn Salad with Feta (a composed salad)

(based on a recipe from Penzey’s Spices)

2 cups corn kernels. About 10 oz. frozen (thawed), 1 15 oz can (drained), or 2-3 ears fresh (boiled or grilled, kernels cut from cob.)

1 cup Italian Dressing (bottled or home made)

8 oz Feta Cheese, cut or crumbled into big chunks

24 cherry tomatoes, halved

Spinach or lettuce leaves

Optional Additions: avocado slices, very thin slices of red onion, small slices of Persian cucumbers, small croutons, olive halves.

Place corn kernels in medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup Italian dressing. Stir. Cover and let sit for at least one hour.  

When ready to serve line four plates with spinach or lettuce leaves. Place 1/4 cup of corn in center. Place tomatoes, cheese and whatever optional ingredients (if using) around corn. 

If you have Penzey’s Mural of Flavor spice blend, sprinkle a little on top. Or you could just use a little freshly ground black pepper.

Serve with additional dressing on the side.

Italian Dressing

I would use garlic powder, not salt and only a couple teaspoons salt in the mix. You can always add more salt at the end if you think it needs it.

Chef’s Salad

Can be made in a large wide bowl for several people, or as a composed salad for each individual.

Healthy Potato Salad

Yes, I like more vegetables. Try diced red bell peppers, chopped snap peas, celery, green onions etc.  I prefer 1/2 Mayo and 1/2 sour cream or Greek yoghurt.

But also great with chopped hard boiled eggs. Maybe some minced dill pickles. How about some chopped capers.

Corn on the Cob in the Microwave?!

May have to tinker a little at first—all microwaves are different

Corn on the Cob on the Grill (3 ways)

Worry more about overcooking than undercooking, especially when naked grilling. Modern corn is so sweet and juicy you can almost eat it raw. It will dry out quickly at grill temps.

American Sponge Cake

As always, great technique by Joy of Baking.

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Peach Pie

For a change, fairly firm peaches work best for this.

Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

Serve with a dollop of Whipped Cream on top.

Market Basket

Meat

Steak—$4.77/lb @Safeway. $4.97 @Fry’s, T-Bone. $12.99/lb @Sprouts, bone in Ribeye
Chicken, B/S—$1.47/lb @Safeway, breasts, $1.77/lb @Sprouts, thighs, $1.99/lb @Sprouts, tenders. 
Chicken, bone in—$.99/lb @Fry’s, drums, thighs, split breasts or whole 
Chicken, Deli—$5/each @Safeway, Friday only
Beef, Deli—$7.99/lb @ Safeway, Kretschmar, also Ham, Turkey, Chicken or cheese select varieties
Ground Beef—$2.47/lb @Safeway
Pork Chops—$1.97/lb @Fry’s, assorted

Fruits and Vegetables

Blueberries—$.98/6 oz box @Sprouts. $3.99/18 oz box @Fry’s.
Strawberries, Blackberries and Raspberries—$2.50/box @Safeway AND Sprouts
Pineapples—$1.99/lb @Safeway
Grapes, green, red—$.75/lb @ Safeway. $.77/lb @ Sprouts, $2.49/lb @Fry’s (O)
Grapes, Sweet Sapphire—$1.99/lb @Fry’s
Plums—$.99/lb @Safeway, black or red
Yellow Peaches or Nectarines—$.88/lb @Sprouts
Yellow or White Peaches—$1.49/lb @Fry’s
Cantaloupes—$.87/each @Fry’s $1.50/each @Sprouts
Avocados—$.87/each @Fry’s, large
Greens—$3/each @Fry’s, Simple Truth Organic Salads
Tomatoes, grape—$.98/box @Sprouts, $2.50/box @Sprouts, Sunset.  $1.50/box @Safeway
Bell Peppers—$.99/each @Safeway, red, orange, yellow. 
Green Beans—$1.50/lb @Sprouts
Potatoes—$2.99/1.5 lb bag @Fry’s, red or yellow gourmet.

Other Good Deals

Gallon Storage Bags—$1/box @Fry’s
Bagels or English Muffins—BOGO @Safeway
Sparkling Water—$25% off @Sprouts
Purified Drinking Water—$2.50/case @Fry’s, Fry’s Brand, $2.50/case @Safeway, Refreshe
Butter—$2.99/8 oz @Sprouts, Kerrygold