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Trying to stay cool

July 22nd, 2012 at 10:37 am

It's been so hot lately here in Central Illinois. Friday was cool with the temps in the upper 80s...it made us almost feel chilly! :-)

I know some of our friends are beating the heat by eating out. I don't want to succumb to that temptation. So, I've been perusing the Crockpot recipes to try and find some things that I can fix that won't heat up the kitchen.

Yesterday I put ribs in one slow cooker, but wondered what to fix. We have mashed potatoes and rice already so I wondered if I could find a recipe for a Crockpot.
I did find one that cooked between 6-8 hours on low and it was pretty good.

Oregano potatoes

8 potatoes peeled and sliced into wedges
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup water
3 T Oregano (fresh), chopped
juice of 1 lemon
3 cloves of garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients except garlic in a slow cooker -- mix until evenly coated. Stir in garlic. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. If potatoes appear to be dry, add up to 1/2 additional water while cooking.

Serves 6-8


This was pretty good and I had everything on hand. We have fresh herbs. I bet this could be changed up using a different herb.

So, I resisted the temptation of eating out and saved money and used what I had.

We went to the library and I checked out some more cookbooks for the slow cooker. Hopefully I will find some other great recipes as we endure this heat.

3 Responses to “Trying to stay cool”

  1. Swimgirl Says:

    It's supposed to be 101 here today, but I'm thinking it could go even higher because it's already 93 at noon. We usually hit our high temp between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. I used to work with the state's climatologist, so he told me that little fact!

    I need to start thinking about cool dinners, too.

  2. Jerry Says:

    It's been quite hot here, as well, and that leads us to try more cool dishes... there is a yogurt, cucumber, and dill soup here that is served cold, and is very delicious. We have that with some sandwiches and chilled watermelon and it offers some insurance against heating up the house preparing dinner!
    Jerry

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Your cucumber soup sounds delicious, Jerry!

    And I think you are right, swim girl, it seems to get hottest around here between 4 and 5. I always thought it was noon...dumb me!

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