Friday, July 29, 2011

Cooking Dinner and Muggy Weather

We have monsoon-ish weather moving in again.  77% humidity tonight.  All the ceiling fans are going but I'm sweating with every keystroke on the computer. 

I'm not sure what on earth possessed me to cook dinner.  But cook I did despite feeling like I was going to pass out in the kitchen and sweating in a very un-ladylike way at the dinner table. 

I roasted beets from the garden.  A hot oven on a hot day -- what was I thinking?!

I had two big bunches of red chard that I needed to use.  They came in my CSA basket and I wanted to do something different than just sauteeing them with butter.  I made a chard gratin. 

I washed and chopped the leaves.

I chopped the stems and sauteed them in butter with some onion.  Shhh, don't tell Brett.  He thinks he doesn't like onions.

 I added the leaves and cooked them until they were wilted.


Meanwhile, I chopped up some dill (also from my CSA basket) and mixed it with breadcrumbs, which I browned in more butter.

I made a white sauce with MORE butter and cream, mixed it with the chard, and added some shredded swiss cheese. 

Popped it in the oven (more heat - AHHHH - I'm melting... melting), for 20 minutes.

It was yummy - all that butter and cream and cheese didn't help with the calorie count but it sure tasted good.

I rounded out the meal with a loaf of crusty bread, some blue cheese drizzled with honey (try it, it is awesome) and wine. 

I imagine we'll go to bed at some point tonight but right now its just too hot and muggy.


  1. Cant imagine it being that hot!!!! But the food looks good, I tend to cook at odd times, gives me something to do.

  2. Those recipes are definitely worth having the oven on for. Roasted beets are like candy, and butter, breadcrumbs and cheese is one of my favourite combos to make anything delicious. Great pictures and cooking ideas. Thanks.
    Hope it gets cooler soon.

  3. Wow, this really looks yummy! Here it is cool today but I still have a salad for lunch, as planned when I thought it would be warmer...

  4.'s muggy here again today. Hubby made PASTA the other night (we ate it for 2 days!)...I should have taken photos...oh well, next time! Your meal looks delicious!

  5. That all looks so good! I am with Brett on the onions, but the rest is amazing. I want to try something with dill now - and beets too.

  6. We are on the same wave length with those roasted beets. The casserole must have been delish! Can't stand that mugginess...

  7. Roasted beets sound delicious.


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