Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Triple-Digit Dinner

What do you cook for dinner on the
twelfth day of triple-digit temperatures?

Twelve straight days of 100-degree or higher temps happened here last week, and I was not in the mood to heat up a kitchen that was already struggling to maintain a “cool” 80 degrees! Yes, despite central air conditioning, we were “lucky” to have an 80-degree reading inside while the heat outside registered 104! And that doesn’t include the heat index which was likely somewhere above 110!

It was too hot to fry, too hot to grill out and much too hot to boil. I didn’t even want to bake. So, I decided to throw together a bit of this and a little of that with what I had on hand. We ended up with a light, tasty meal that my family really enjoyed.

Here’s our Triple-Digit Dinner: Broiled Marinated Catfish Fillets, Coleslaw with Dressing, Honeydew with Blueberries, Black-eyed Peas, and Wheat Rolls.

Prepare your favorite coleslaw recipe a few hours ahead of time, then pop into the frig to just chill out!

Slice the honeydew melon (pre-chilled) into cubes, then sprinkle liberally with blueberries. (I thawed some that we picked over at my father-in-law’s house.) Add a little sugar if you desire a sweeter taste. Mix and refrigerate.

I’m assuming you have leftover black-eyed peas, because like I said, I was NOT in the mood to boil anything! Just zap the leftover peas in the microwave.

For bread, get some bakery wheat rolls, and take them straight from the sack. No warming necessary.

And here’s the catfish…

Toasted Sesame Catfish Fillets

4 catfish fillets (3 ounce to 5 ounce), fresh or frozen

Toasted Sesame dressing

Lemon-herb seasoning

Salt and pepper

Thaw fillets if frozen. Rinse in cool water and pat dry with a paper towel or drain well.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then coat with a toasted sesame dressing. For the best flavor, let marinate a few hours in the refrigerator. Sprinkle fillets with lemon-herb seasoning.

Place fillets on a pan and broil several minutes until tender and flaky.

Note: These fillets taste great with the marinade alone. But since we like a lot of lemon on our fish, and I was out of lemons and bottled lemon juice, I tried the lemon-herb seasoning. That touch of lemon really added extra zest.

This week, we are back to triple-digit temperatures! Hmmmm…what’s for dinner tonight?
I’ll let you know!


scmom said...

Oooh! We love catfish. I'm so jealous that you get to eat it so fresh. I fry it in a cornmeal breading and my guys scarf up as much as they can! But, it's expensive in Ohio.

Would love to have that Lemon Poppyseed Cake recipe if want to share!

JANET said...

Hi Barbara, I will be glad to share the recipe.

marye said...

we are having high temps too and lots of humidity.blah!
Thanks for visiting my blog

Anonymous said...

Love catfish, but hate to fry it up at home (sorry not a Southerner, so don't feel obliged). This recipe sounds yummy- something my kids would even try! Rose

Flea Market Queen said...

Oh my...your right too hot to cook! Your catfish dinner looks family loves catfish!
Thanks for sharing & stay cool!

the feathered nest said...

Oh I know, it's impossible for our house to be cooler than 80 when it's over 100 outside. I have all the shades drawn and all the fans on.

Your dinner sounds yummy and quick!


JANET said...

Hi Mary, we're getting more of the same humid heat today. Half of this month has had triple-digit temps! That's an all-time record!

JANET said...

Good morning, Rose. My kids (pretty much grown now) sure liked it, and it was so quick and simple to do!

Thank you, Priscilla and Manuela, for visiting and for your comments!

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

It has been to hot to wiggle!
much less cook~ good ideas!

JANET said...

Hi Sandi, Too hot to wiggle is right! We're having salad tonight, and I made a frozen lemonade pie for dessert last night. Glad you liked the ideas.

GardenGoose said...

it's been that hot here too..and uggh..the thought of standing over a hot oven or stove..not a fun prospect..but I do it though. The recipes look yummy.

JANET said...

Hi there, Garden Goose. I'm swinging back into cooking today...temp only supposed to go up to the mid-90s! Plus, we had good rain two evenings in a row! I have revived!

Anonymous said...

I hear you! It has been hot by us too. So hot that I really don't want to cook or eat. I like your dinner menu.

Sharona May

Susie Q said...

Oh how good...yum. I so appreciate all of the recipes and info. Love it all.