“Growing up here, there was never more than a day or two of weather like this.”
So spoke my neighbor commenting on the run of less than perfect days experienced in the last month. Like so many other places on the planet, midcoast Maine has had unusual heat that combined with fog and humidity have made for some pretty uncomfortable days. Here we suffer through because most homes have no air conditioning. For me, that means spending more time than usual at the grocery or TJ Maxx where it is cooler.
The uncommon heat also means spending less time in the kitchen. Not only does the heat take away appetite, using the cooktop or oven adds to the discomfort so whatever is easy to fix with minimal cooking is the answer.
Breakfast and lunch are easy. Cereal or a blueberry muffin heated quickly in the microwave suffices in the morning.
A midday sandwich, especially one made with lobster, is more than satisfactory.
Dinner is a bit more challenging, but I’ve gotten pretty creative with salads. This time of year corn and tomatoes are at their best and layering them with cucumbers, red onion, olives, feta cheese and basil makes for a delightful and refreshing meal.
Sometimes it’s tomatoes stacked with mozzarella on top of lettuce flavored with diced pancetta and sprinkled with balsamic dressing that is dinner.
A favorite again takes advantage of the season’s bounty and adds grilled lobster. There are never complaints about anything made with lobster!
So, though we may not be enjoying the weather we can still celebrate food made with plenty from land and sea.
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