Hot night, cool dinner. 9/8/21

In the San Francisco Bay Area September is the hottest month of the year. For those of us brought up in the mid-Atlantic states and New England, we are expecting a cool break in the weather. Even though I have lived out here for almost thirty years I am still shocked by the really hot September weather. I keep planning these welcome to Fall menus and then I have to backtrack to dishes which will not heat up the kitchen. In other words I planned a menu for this week and have not followed it at all for most of the week thus far.

Chicken and chickpea salad with challah toast

On Tuesday we ended up eating a cold plate of leftover flank steak, a microwaved leftover baked potato, and some leftover lentils and rice. On Wednesday I took some cold rotisserie chicken and combined it with chickpeas, light mayonnaise, and pepperoncini. This combo was pretty tasty with Roma tomatoes and slices of toasted challah.

What I am saying, I guess, is that you have to be flexible. Whatever you make at home will end up being healthier than getting pizza delivered or Door Dash. I already know that we will not be eating off our planned menu on a hot Thursday and I am thinking ahead to cool gazpacho and a salad with blueberries and strawberries. Maybe over the weekend I will turn my clam chowder into a cool vichyssoise. I am looking forward to it already!

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