A heavy cloud of heat has descended upon much of the United States, and it has banished my cooking motivation from the kitchen. Eating out in air-conditioned restaurants, far from the heat of the stove, sounds very nice these days. Or forgetting nutrition altogether, and subsisting on a steady diet of cocktails and popsicles. What about you? Do you lose cooking motivation in the heat of summer, and if so, how do you get it back?
One way I get my motivation back is to turn to the grill. Yes, it's hot outside, and even hotter over the grill, but the thought of a smoky, chargrilled eggplant or crusted steak helps dial up my energy level.
I also try to throw more parties in the summer. If I know that there's a big group of hungry people coming over Friday night, well then — I have to cook, right? In those cases I'll plan for extra food so I have a few days of chilled leftovers waiting in the fridge.
What about you? Do you lose motivation to cook (and eat!) in the summer? If so, what do you do? Eat out until fall? Nibble on popsicles? Find inspiration in summer produce?
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(Images: Nora Maynard; Emily Ho)