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Man, oh man, it’s hot. It’s hot everywhere. I know it’s summer and it’s supposed to be warm but every year it just slaps me in the face when I’m the least prepared. I grew up in Arizona; you think I’d be acclimated. No way. Living in the Midwest has made me soft, temperature-wise, to both the heat and the cold. I’ve become a typically Midwesterner whiny weather baby. How unoriginal. When it’s this hot, I don’t feel like eating and I certainly don’t feel like cooking.

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Two weeks ago, to the day, I was in Budapest.  It was glorious.  Despite all the traveling I’ve done, this was my first foray into what I always considered Eastern Europe and I loved it.  Budapest is a beautiful city, a delight to walk about with interesting architecture, delicious 100-year-old coffeehouses and a wonderful history tinged with the smallest hint of WWII melancholy.  I was traveling with two friends and we did all the things you’re supposed to:  visiting historic sites like the Parliament Building and various monuments and markers, took a good soak in the Szechenyi public baths amongst their bright yellow ornate wedding cake-like buildings and paying proper respects at all the requisite churches and synagogues.  But I made sure to squeeze in some of the things I do every time I travel – at least one market visit and some intense pastry research.  There even was a trip to an outdoor museum that houses sculptures from the former communist regime.  You have to get a little bit of historic communist propaganda in while visiting Eastern Europe.

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Comfort foods are funny.  Everyone has their own particular favorites and they really can perform miracles, lifting moods and brightening days.  But there’s no reasoning with what each of us considers comforting.  I, for one, do not care for tomato soup.  It’s just not my thing.  I’m reminded of bowls of marinara and much prefer “stuff” in my soups.  Add a grilled cheese and I’ll eat the sandwich but leave the soup.  It’s always been that way.  Chicken noodle, now that’s another story.  For my mother, however, tomato soup makes her happy.  I once flew home to take care of her, post surgery, and that’s what she wanted.  So I delivered.  There are times when you put aside your preferences to please those you love.  But I draw the line at meatloaf.  That will never happen.

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I spent quite a bit of time this summer in France, and I really enjoyed the ritual of lunch. It’s no surprise really, that I warmed to this concept immediately. Family and friends gather together, usually on Sundays, for a long enjoyable meal full of delicious food, great company, conversation and wine. The food is plentiful and the wine flows freely, in our case, a large amount of lovely rose. It was summer in the French countryside after all. I was just trying to blend in. With a squeal of delight, I vowed to institute similar lunches as soon as I got home.

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I wore a coat for the first time this week and wasn’t too happy about it.  Fall is definitely in the air and though it is my favorite time of the year, I’m not quite ready give up summer.  It’s inevitable, I know, but I’ll stretch it out as long as I can.  Mostly, I don’t feel that I had my fill of sweet corn yet so I’ve done a few things to help that – I froze a ton of it.  I also made some soup, pure essence of corn flavor that is like sunshine in a cup.  It might be getting chilly but I’m going to be in full denial for quite some time.

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I have a long running obsession with French cantaloupes.  The memories of a chance encounter in the south of France nearly 15 years ago are as strong today as they were then.  The bright orange flesh, the heady scent and the intense flavor still sends me over the moon on those rare occasions then I can find these beauties.  Occasionally, for just a few weeks every year, my friend Pete has them at his Green City Market farm stand.  And that time is now.  I picked up two last week and another yesterday but the truth is, I was lucky this year.  Since I spent a good portion of my summer in France, I had these gorgeous melons nearly every day for breakfast.  I’ve never been happier.

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What a weekend.  It was cold and rainy.  It was hot and humid.  It was fair to middling.  Ugh.  After coddling several trays of delicate little seedlings on my dining room table for the last two months, I finally deemed it safe for them to go outside.  Bad call.  I planted them into my little garden plot on a hot and humid Friday morning.  I thought all would be OK.  Ha!  Wishful thinking.  That afternoon and all weekend, they were pummeled – PUMMELED – by never-ending rain.  Then on Memorial Day the poor things had to deal with blistering heat and humidity.  Not good.

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I’ve felt rather blah lately.  Overworked, overtired, overscheduled, overwhelmed. I’m just over it.  This weekend I did pretty much next to nothing except watch old Gene Kelly musicals while playing computer solitare and it was exactly what I needed.  Late Sunday night I found enough energy, around 9pm, to make a little dinner and decided I wanted French onion soup.  No, I needed French onion soup.  Warm, filling, toasty and cheesy … it was just what the doctor ordered.

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I have some very talented friends.  One, Chef Jared VanCamp, does amazing things with pork.  Lovely beautiful things.  This year he sold a limited number of house made hams and salumis for the holidays.  I, of course, bought a few things and oh my lord were they good.  Amazingly good.  That ham was a boneless cherry wood smoked wonder and the finocchio salumi was just fantastic.  But here’s the twist … me being me, I carried my special purchases along on the flight to Phoenix for the holidays.  Didn’t even think twice about it but apparently I have several friends who find this hysterical.  Oh sure, it may have caused some concern with TSA and perhaps an extra security screening during which I learned that hams look a little suspicious on the x-ray screen no matter their pedigree.  Whatever.  But what really sent my pals into fits of giggles is that I brought a chunk back with me.  I see absolutely nothing funny about this.  That was a damn good ham and it was coming home with me.

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Chinese Lunar New Year was yesterday – did you know it’s the Year of the Tiger?  How about that?!  Doesn’t it sound like we’re up for an awesomely fierce year?  I wish I had some of that energy to celebrate.  I adore Chinese food and most especially a good dim sum spread but unfortunately I worked instead and it sucked the life right out of me.  Let me tell you, working in a restaurant on Valentine’s Day stinks.  I think I can say with total confidence that most folks in the restaurant industry despise Valentine’s Day.  Probably more than we dread New Year’s Eve.  It’s amateur night for asinine special requests, bad tippers and clueless people who are outraged they can’t get a same day reservation.  I have to say, I’m glad it’s over.  Whew!

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