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Well here we are-starting the last 1/3 of 2009.   I don't know about you, but what is disturbing is seeing not only the ads for back-to-school but the ones for Halloween!

I'm very into summer-except for the extremely high temps, I love the warmth, the sun and the laid back feeling I get.  Cooking is easy and fun.  

This week I'm looking for new ways to prepare some favorites.  Meatloaf, coleslaw, pasta-just to name a few.  I'm thinking Asian versions.  Maybe it's the soy and ginger, but I love the flavorings when used in comfort foods.

In fact, I'm gearing up for a few days of grandkid watching and I'm betting they're going to love the idea of eating their favorites in a different way.  Aidan loves anything edible, except for "green" things.  I'm thinking that, by virtue of osmosis, comes from his uncle.  Adam still is picky about what veggies he'll eat and he's 25.  Dylan is our adventurous one-he may not like the food, but like his mom, he's willing to give just about any tidbit the two bite trial.

Good for him I say.  

My menu of recipes for this week:  Asian meatloaf, Oriental Cole Slaw and some peanut pasta salad.

I'm going to give the recipe for the meatloaf today-the rest, come back on Friday to find out about!

Asian Meatloaf-this recipe is for 4 servings, but easily doubled.

Bake at 350 in a large loaf pan.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef or turkey
¾ C oatmeal
1 egg
1 stalk celery and 1 carrot, chopped fine
1-1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tbsp hoisin sauce

Gently mix all ingredients and place in loaf pan.  Bake 40 minutes.  Then top with ½ C hoisin sauce and bake another 20 minutes.

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      Lazylola wrote Aug 3, 2009
    • I started out hungry when I began reading this, I’m hungrier now, recipe sounds good, can you send a sample?



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      Angelcart wrote Aug 3, 2009
    • Sounds good.  I agree that cooking in the summertime is very easy.  Lately, we have been grilling tuna steaks (yumm!) with sliced tomatoes from the garden and cucumbers.  Add fress asparagus or sugar snaps.  Can’t get any easier or better than that.  Oh, and their’s always room for watermelon.estatic



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      Carine Nadel wrote Aug 3, 2009
    • sounds more than a bit delish!  we had homemade sliders and our favorite salad:  spinach, white beans, cauliflower, feta cheese in a vinagraitte.

      guys used sweet hawaiian dinner rolls (fit the burgers perfectly)-I used those new 100 cal hi fiber sandwich breads from orowheat.



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