It is now officially hot summer where I live. The oven is on my short list of things to avoid too much of right now, although I have found that I do not live without it entirely. This time of year I like to rely a little more than usual on foods from my grocery store's deli (such as their more responsibly grown chicken), and bakery (such as their "French" bread). This is also a great time of year to employ quickly cooking soups, such as chowder that is made with really fresh corn, slow cooker meals, and, on occasion, prepared items from the grocer's freezer case.
1) Mezze--Rotisserie Chicken (from the deli), Cheesy French Bread, Corn-on-the-Cob, Apples and Peanut Butter
2) Cassarole--1950's Goulash, revisited; Marinaded Cucumbers and Onions
3) Anniversary Picnic!--Purchased Frozen Mushroom Turnovers (heated), Green Pea Salad, British Oatmeal Biscuits (or whole grain crackers), Soft rind cheese (such as Champignon, Cambozola, or Brie), Grapes or Strawberries, Marcona-style Almonds, Coconut Cake
4) Soup & Stew--Fresh Corn Chowder, Dinner Rolls, Sliced Tomatoes with Salt & Pepper
5) Saute, etc.--Farmers' Market Stir-fry with Jasmine Rice
6) Sandwich, etc.--Dutch Baby with Berries, Zucchini Muffins, Frittata, Roasted Green Beans