June 2010 Summer Cooking
Dear Mykidstime parents,
Kelly and Kristin are delighted to be the new writers for the Mykidstime monthly food newsletter. We have been friends since we were teenagers but now live on opposite sides of the ocean (Kelly in Wisconsin, Kristin in Ireland). As working moms with small children, we know how difficult it can be to put a home-cooked meal on the table while juggling a dozen other tasks. For years we swapped recipes and tips to make our lives, and our cooking, easier, healthier and tastier, and now we can share them with you. We hope you and your families enjoy our recipes and we look forward to hearing from you.
Summer’s long days and short nights are a perfect excuse for bringing dinner outside. And there’s no need for an elaborate outdoor set-up – just pull out your dining chairs and a table or throw down a blanket and carry your food-filled plates outside for an impromptu picnic. If you’re not up to eating outside, then do a bit of cooking outside. Our Grilled Chicken with Gremolata is fast and flavourful. In the time it takes to preheat your grill, you can make the gremolata of fresh herbs, lemon and garlic to top the chicken. If you think your kids might not go for the topping, simply serve the gremolata on the side. Sour Cream and Chive Potato Cakes make for a simple side dish that’s pretty enough to serve for guests, or let your kids use cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes before frying them up.
Dessert is a perfect example of why it’s easier (and quicker) to cook in June than in January. During the winter, cakes, crumbles and other baked treats may satisfy our sweet tooth, but they take considerably more effort than Eton Mess, a no-cook dessert that will have both kids and adults scraping the bottom of their bowls. Fresh, sweet, ripe strawberries (the smaller, the better) are essential. If you can pick your own strawberries, even better – your kids will be entertained for a couple of hours and your berries will be at their peak.
From our kitchens to yours,
Kelly & Kristin
You can find these recipes and more family favourites on our blog, www.dinnerdujour.org.