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The longer we live on the face of the sun, the simpler and more basic my cooking has become-especially since it’s too darn hot to either do the fancy cooking I at least attempted to do in CA or eat around here.

Take this past week:  Steve and I tried a new BBQ place with a groupon Wednesday.  It was “date afternoon” (I’m too tired for a night date) and we used his free movie passes to see Tarzan and then it was off to try this new place.  

DH ordered the sampler plate of too many meats to count with truffle fries/slaw.  Our coupon included an appetizer and dessert.

We loved the calamari-flash fried with a sweet/spicy chili glaze and thin slices of carrot, daikon and red bell peppers with just a few pepperochinis.  Very good!

Steve bet the waitress he could finish his meal when she suggested that we’d both need boxes as the portions were huge.

Guess what?  He couldn’t.  He only finished the brisket and took a bite of the sausage, pulled pork and ate one rib.  He didn’t even come close to finishing the fries.

I had the grilled Bourbon salmon with a crisp green salad and the truffle fries as well.  I finished the salad but took home half the salmon and almost all the fries.

Why tell you this?  Because we took it and the dessert home and with a small addition of a kale salad I made with an Asian sesame dressing and had that for dinner the next night.

It was fast, easy and more than enough.  In fact, we still couldn’t finish the fries!

Next night I took out a huge chicken breast and mimicked the Asian Sesame dressing and marinated it for grilling later with some fresh corn on the cob which was served over the last of the kale.

During the heat and (not here, but I’m sure some of you suffer from)humid dog days of summer it’s best to keep things fresh, simple and light.

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