Monday, May 24, 2010

Too HOTT to cook!

This blog is for our friends and family who are always looking for ideas for dinner. We hope we can give you some good ideas that you will love. Believe me if we can do this , so can you! Cooking is fun ~ if you can read you can cook!

Today we took it easy cooking because of the heat, it is 86* here in Cleveland today. We made a fantastic Pasta Salad , a delicious Tuna Salad , Spinach and Feta Burgers and we are marinating a London Broil for later in the week. Keep in mind that we tend to cook large quantities of food so we can share with our families. Please adjust where need be.


~ 2 boxes of Cavatappi Pasta (make with any noodle you want, this is what we like)
~ 2 Bottles of Italian Dressing
~ Chunk of Salami cubed
~ Chunk of Cheddar Cheese cubed
~ Can of Black olives sliced
~ All vegetables left in my fridge (carrots,celery,green onion, red pepper, grape tomatoes etc.)
** We did not follow a recipe for this , we just made it up as we went.

Mix together and enjoy! Always better the next day (if it lasts)


~ 5 lbs. of ground meat 80/20 preferably
~ 3 8oz containers of Feta Cheese
~ 1/2 a bag of fresh spinach wilted in microwave
~ Salt and Pepper to taste
~ Worcestershire Sauce to taste

Mix together and make patties, This made about 17 burger patties for us.

** We did not follow a recipe for this , we just made it up.


~adapted from Real Simple: Meals Made Easy

2 6oz cans of tuna, drained (oil-packed recommended)
1 15oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 12oz jar roasted red peppers, drained and roughly chopped
2 Tablespoons capers
zest 1 lemon, grated
1 tomato, roughly chopped (optional)
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
toasted bread, for serving

In a large bowl, combine the tuna, beans, red peppers, capers, lemon zest, and tomato (if using). In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, salt, and black pepper. Pour the vinaigrette over the tuna mixture and toss. Serve with the bread.

**For a variation, try adding olives, red onion, or jarred artichokes.**


~ Worcestershire Sauce
~ Soy Sauce
~ Balsamic Vinegar
~ Olive Oil
~ Salt & Pepper
~ Garlic
~ Rosemary

* We tend to measure using our eyes

This was interesting trying to start a blog and cook today. Now we are going to enjoy our burgers and pasta salad for dinner.


  1. This is really awsome for you guys to take the time to share all yr recipes with everyone! Im always looking for new ideas! tks so much :)

  2. How cool.... It just may be the first blog that I care about:)

  3. I love it!!!! You should have my Mom as a guest chef and take a pic of the massive "to-go" meals she sends across the street!!

  4. Love it! Great idea, and since I tend to cook a lot for our family, I like that your recipes aren't just two or four servings.