My car thermometer says it is 95 degrees outside today.
The fans are cranking to keep the house cool,
and I am responsible for making dinner tonight.
Tonight is not the night to fire up the stove!
We do not own a grill!
What is a mom to do??!
Tonight I will be employing a dinner preparation tactic that I learned last year when we lived in North Carolina. During the summer in NC, ninety degree days are a dime a dozen. What was more, our oven could heat up our whole apartment in a jiffy.
So, on hot days like today, we bring the pancake griddle out to the porch. Thank goodness for exterior electric outlets! Cheese quesadillas with peppers and onions are on the menu tonight. I can sauté the peppers and onions right on the griddle, then fill and cook the quesadillas right next to them. The kids can play outside while I cook, but beware little hands getting too close to the griddle! By the time we are all hot and sweaty, we can head into our *cool* house to eat dinner. Not too bad.