The “Un-Official Start Of Summer:” A Look At Foods For Certain Temperatures
It’s Memorial Day today, and while we honor those who have fallen in service of our country, many folks are experiencing very hot & very humid conditions around the country.
This past weekend, I did a little summer-time cooking (this was my first time making this particular recipe), and made a fresh rhubarb & cherry jam. Served over fresh ice cream, it was fantastic – and a great way to stay cool & refreshed. It made me wonder what other food types there are that relate best to certain temperatures.
Let’s break it down – and feel free to contribute your own ideas by tweeting me @ashafferWNTV or find me on Facebook “Aaron Shaffer WeatherNation.” I’ll be contributing my own ideas, and quizzing fellow meteorologists here on this Memorial Day, Todd Nelson and Miranda Hilgers, on three choices for each weather type.
Cold Weather Foods (definitions of “cold” vary by region, so we’ll just let you make your own judgement on that):
Aaron: Chili, Stew (preferrably stew with large chunks of beef), Soup.
Miranda: Casserole, or “hot dish” for Minnesotans, Soup, Hot panini sandwiches
Todd: Chili, roast, stew
Warm/Medium/Average Weather Foods:
Aaron: Tacos, Steak & potatoes, Stir fry
Miranda: Tacos, Pasta, Salad
Todd: Fast food, Burritos, Pasta, Lasagna
Hot Weather Foods:
Aaron: Brats on the grill, Chicken salad (grilled chicken), Grilled fish tacos
Miranda: Watermelon, Bratwurst, Pasta salad
Todd: Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw
If you’re curious about the rhubarb-cherry jam I made, it was using a recipe given to me by Todd Nelson.
2 cups of chopped rhubarb
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 can cherry pie filling
1/2 packet of Jello-O mix
Chop the rhubarb into small pieces. Boil the sugar & rhubarb until the rhubarb is soft/mushy, and add pie filling. Boil ’til soft, and then add the Jello-O mix (whichever flavor you want to add to the mix, I used strawberry so it’d be rhubarb, cherry, and strawberry) and take off the heat. It’s as easy as that!
Enjoy whatever it is you enjoy, and again – feel free to share via Twitter (@ashafferWNTV) or through the comments section beside this post.
WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV