I’ve had enough of this hot summer. I know that in January I’ll be whining about the cold, but does it have to be 85 degrees and above every single day?? I’ve come up with a few ways to beat the heat and thought I’d share.
1. Make some ice cream or gelato. I’ve been craving Blood Orange Sorbetto ever since I had it at Anthony’s in the Italian Market in South Philly earlier this summer. So, a few weeks ago, I bought an ice cream maker so I could make it myself at home. With the never ending heat, it is the perfect summer for icy treats. Not sure what to make? Go to the library and check out some of my fave resources for ice cream – The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato & Sorbetto, The Ice Cream Bible, and 500 Ice Creams, Sorbettos & Gelatos. Make a quick stop at the supermarket for ingredients and you’re set. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, a blender or processor will do, too.
2. Stay inside and watch some foodie movies ( ideally, with a big bowl of your homemade ice cream.) My recommendations? Ratatouille, Chocolat, Tampopo, Big Night, Like Water for Chocolate and Babette’s Feast.
3. Take an hour to relax and enjoy a radio show. I’m kinda tired of staring at the reruns on daytime TV. How about you? So grab a glass of iced tea, sit back and listen to the radio (either a real radio or live-stream from your computer or other device.) A month or so ago, a newish friend of mine, Lorraine Ranalli, began a radio talk show based out of the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Called Cucina Chatter (also the name of her blog,) the one hour long show is on www.wbcb1490.com every Tuesday from 1 until 2 PM. The show is a mix of cooking and food stuff, humor, coupon tips, and various other bits and pieces. It’s informative and entertaining. Lorraine is a well known Philadelphia radio personality and also the author of Gravy Wars | South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes (2009 Folger Ross Publications) a fun read about Italian-American culture (and she includes some great recipes.). Put Lorraine’s show on your calendar for next Tuesday at 1 PM.
Stay cool and enjoy my ideas for taking a break from the heat!