tengo hot

At the risk of sounding elderly, today  was a scorcher!

Temperatures hovered around 90° all day and while I was after work, Todd sent me this text:

100° inside?  This was getting ridiculous.  You see, we don’t have air conditioning at all.  Our thermostat tricked us, it has a “COOL” option but if you flip it to “COOL” nothing happens.  So far we’ve been getting by with fans but 100°, now that’s hot.

Thankfully we had plans to go out on a little date and have dinner and ice cream so we left as soon as I got home from work. At dinner I ordered the salmon, a big step for me since I’m just starting to eat fish.  When I saw that it came served on a “goat cheese pool”, I was in.

After dinner we walked over to one of our favorite ice cream shops and indulged in cones of Chocolate Monster and Chocolate Chip Extreme.  That ice cream was half melted before we walked out of the shop but man, it was delicious.

When we got home our apartment was so stinking hot.  I looked at the thermometer and it read 99° – not a big improvement since we left.

I decided the only thing to do was go to bed.  Somehow, about 15 seconds after I had changed into sleep clothes, we decided that this was ridiculous and that we had to go get an air conditioner.  A minute after that we were in the car, heading to Target.

We picked out the cheapest air conditioner we could find and brought it home.  We immediately realized that it wouldn’t fit in either of our bedroom windows, too big for one, too small for the other.  Todd decided that 99* was a good reason to try it anyways.

In the end, he was right – it fit in our 20″ window even though it’s 3″ smaller than the minimum width.  We both took turns standing in front of it, soaking up the cool air.

I’m guessing that our bedroom is still about 85° but that is a heck of a lot cooler than it was.

Something tells me that our bedroom will be our new favorite room in the house, forget the living room!

Do you have air conditioning?  If not, how do you keep cool in the summer?

hmp: spinach goat cheese turkey burgers

It was such a beautiful day today that I knew it was the right day to break out our new grill at the apartment.  We thought that turkey burgers would be the perfect option.  After looking through a bunch of recipes online I decided that we should try Spinach Goat Cheese Turkey Burgers.

The recipe is very simple and adapted from Allrecipes.com

Spinach Goat Cheese Turkey Burgers (Yields 4 burgers)

1 1/4 lbs. lean ground turkey

5 ounces (1/2 box) frozen chopped spinach

2 ounces plain goat cheese crumbles

1 T. no salt added garlic and herb seasoning mix

4 Deli Thins or Slimwich buns

Thaw spinach and remove excess water by squeezing by hand and/or between paper towels.

Mix together turkey, goat cheese and spinach and sprinkle seasoning mix on top.  Mix together by hand to combine ingredients and distribute seasoning.

Form well-packed patties.

Grill patties for approximately 15 minutes until they are cooked through, flipping once – or more as needed.

Serve patties on buns.

For us, the burgers alone were perfectly moist and delicious but if you’d like you can dress them up with a sauce – maybe pesto, tomato bruschetta or even spicy mustard or barbecue sauce – whatever you like.

What is your favorite non-beef burger to make?

What’s your favorite grilled food?

lazy, rainy, saturday

I slept in this morning.  I woke up around 7:20 as usual but then a fell asleep, until 9:15 or so.  It was luxury.  After a quick breakfast and catching up on the latest episode of Modern Family – officially declared my favorite show today – I got ready to head to my first wedding dress fitting.  Todd’s mom gave me the name of someone who was recommended to her by a friend and I am so glad I found her!  She pinned me up to take in the 3 inches of extra fabric on the top of the dress and pinned to create a bustle in less than 30 minutes.  The dress looked great all pinned up and I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!

 

After the fitting, I went to Art of the Table, a local specialty food store.  This morning, Todd noticed that the Dancing Goat Creamery was going to be there with samples of their cheese.  I love goat cheese so how could I not go?  The had samples of several cheeses and they were all great but I actually left with a cow cheese that they make.  It’s a chipotle cream cheese and was the most unique, I can’t wait to snack on it tonight.

You’ll notice a jar of La Pampa Chimichurri sauce in the background.  It was on a display that I saw as I was walking in the door.  Chimichurri is an Argentine sauce that’s made of garlic, parsley and other herbs.  It’s served with steak and I fell in love with it when I studied abroad in Argentina in 2006.  I couldn’t resist and I’m glad that I didn’t, according to the manufacturer’s website, the product has been discontinued.  I can’t wait to grill steaks and serve them with this chimichurri – I’ve been promising Todd that I’d make him an authentic Argentine meal for ages, this is my excuse to really do it.

Art of the Table is such a great store, I could have spent $200 on cheeses, wine and unique sauces but, it leaves me many more reasons to keep going back.

I’m home now and looking forward to a short nap before I start on some cleaning.  I absolutely love Saturdays with no agenda, they’re the best.

Did you study abroad?

If so, what dish(es) did you love the most while you were there?