Friday, July 15, 2011

Roasting While Roasting

It's going to be a hot weekend.  I suppose that the time has come for us to savor the memory of our cool summer days while sitting on the porch sipping iced tea (sweetened, of course) and fanning.  Thanks goodness for air conditioning.  Our neighbors to the north have been having a rough time since last Monday's storm.  Some are still without electricity!

We love roasted vegetables, especially summer squash.  I had some, along with broccoli, from last Saturday's market.  I decided to do an early morning roast so that the oven could be idle during the afternoon's heat.


Roasting of vegetables is so simple.  Just preheat the oven to 400 degrees, toss the vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and some herbs.  I used one of the organic herb blends that my friend, "T" sent me.  Oh my goodness-so delicious!  Thanks again "T"!!


In the interest of conserving energy and minimizing the heat in the kitchen, I tossed two large baking potatoes in.  The vegetables take about 40 minutes, the potatoes about 20 minutes longer.

Andrew and I usually share a potato but, since I love the potato skins, I baked two, hollowed them out and added finely minced and sauteed onions and garlic, salt and pepper.  Then I stuffed them with only half of the "meat" putting the rest in a small baker to have later.  I topped all with feta and parmesan.  

All only had to be heated in the convection oven for a delicious supper.

Hope you are are able to stay cool and will have a nice weekend.

32 comments:

  1. looks good to me...i love roasting vegetables too !

    have a great weekend and stay cool

    kary

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  2. The veggies look great! I have my first zucchini in the garden-Woo Hoo:@)

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  3. Your vegetables look wonderful. I won't tell you what the temperature is here. I fear I'd make you envious. Stay as cool as you can. I well remember the heat and humidity of Chicago summers. Take care, Bonnie. Blessings...Mary

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  4. So good. Keep cool. We are waking up to 45 degrees every morning in Montana. Susan

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  5. Bonnie, I LOVE roasted vegetables. I think that is the way they taste best of all... and I enjoy them anyway from raw to whatever. You were a wise woman to get them roasted early!

    Love the "pit bull" story. LOL! I'll have to remember that one! blessings ~ tanna

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  6. Sounds delicious for a delicious and quicky dinner on a summer's evening...

    We FINALLY have a little reprieve from the heat --so we opened the house today and turned off the AC... Don't know how long it will stay a little cooler--but I love it.

    Enjoy your roasted veggies.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. love those roasted veg... so simple and such a great way to enhance the flavours... yummy!

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  8. That potato is gorgeous!! I have also baked broccoli, but it is a fine line between getting it tender and turning it to char, and I never know how it will come out! For some reason, it takes an hour and forty five minutes here to bake a big potato. I don't know why, maybe the high altitude. I bake them at 425 in the toaster oven in the summer.

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  9. A brave woman you -- it is roasting here too and that's outside -- Inside I'm trying to stay cool!

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  10. You can't beat roasted summer veggies. You just have to pump down the thermostat.

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  11. Well, Bonnie, I've found a couple of things I have to argue against here ;)

    First of all, sweet tea, YUCK!

    Second of all, turning on your oven, even with air, is crazy talk!

    Looked yummy though.

    Hugs to you for a good weekend.

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  12. Loooks good. So does that potato.

    Heating the kitchen when it's hot outside is one thing I try to avoid.
    You are a brave woman!!!

    Melinda

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  13. I just love roasted vegetables, though this time of year I often grill them. Just a couple of hours ago we had grilled summer squash with dinner.

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  14. What a great idea. I always get around to thinking about dinner way too late, especially in summer. I loved stuffed potatoes too. Enjoy your cool kitchen!

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  15. Love this great idea; with just
    the 2 of us I have a great toaster over that works magic; this recipe is a keeper in my dinner for 2. I love potato skins too. Thanks.
    Rita

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  16. The roasted veggies look great :)

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  17. I so wish hubby liked all sorts of veggies, I love to roast them. There is a place here called Wildfire and they roast the best veggies. Your post makes me yern for them even for breakfast.

    Hope your day is good.

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  18. Looks good Bonnie, I'm glad you told me that the one in Ill. is not a good one, I think that the one in OH. is very nice... and BIG.. yes I think it's worth the drive.. then you can stop and see me on the way back....

    Pattie

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  19. Those sound so good! We are roasting here also!

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  20. You can't go wtong with roasted reg, it always deepens the flavour, yum!

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  21. The storm last Monday wasn't too bad here but we drove to Lake Geneva in the afternoon to play golf and there was lots of damage out there! I feel sorry for those who don't have power in this heat. It supposed to be an awfully hot week ahead too.

    Love the title of your post and love roasted veggies too :)

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  22. I love roasting veggies- I think it brings out the sweetness in them. And I wholeheartedly agree with your not wanting to heat up your kitchen in the afternoon. Early morning cooking makes the house a lot easier to live in! :)

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  23. Oh Bonnie this looks so good! I love roasted veges and you have actually given me a great idea for dinner.

    BTW, I did try the cottage cheese, egg noodles and bacon dinner! It looked interesting. If I try it again, I'll use ricotta or maybe a combination of both. I couldn't find creamy cottage cheese just small curd. Perhaps that would have made a difference?

    Thanks for sharing all your recipes with us!

    Bonnie

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  24. unfortunately, over here we never had any cool summer days... we just jumped straight to ninety degree weather! I love these roasted veggies though!

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  25. I love the flavor of roasted veggies. Was explaining this to someone the other day in regard to roasting fennel. She'd never roasted any veg. Will have to call and see what happened.
    We're into heavy summer heat and humidity...thank God for air conditioning.

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  26. yesterday i was in shock, the produce dept at walmart was empty, no bananas no lettuce no squash. no idea what happened, maybe a truck did not show up, but i wanted squash so bad. I took a couple of days off, glad to see i only missed one post. the veggies look wonderful

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  27. Mmmm, that sounds delicious! We finally got a break in the heat yesterday and today isn't too bad, either.

    Enjoy your weekend and stay cool!

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  28. Your roasted vegetables look so beautiful and delicious. The baked potatoes sound wonderful too-- what a great idea to put feta, Parmesan, and onions in them! I'm going to remember that for next time because that sounds amazing! I know I'm getting tired of the heat already myself and am looking forward to cooler days. Stay cool!

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  29. Oh, this sounds like a perfect way to enjoy veggies. It looks delicious! Yes, it's hot this weekend and sounds like it will be all this next week. After having no electricity last week, I'm staying inside today and am thankful for the a/c. Have a good week!

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  30. Yum! We are about to melt! OUr fair starts Thursday, and I am seriously concerned for all two and four legged creatures ventures out those days! It's gonna be a hot time for sure!

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  31. I hope you're staying cool Bonnie! It's supposed to be hot here too in the northeast. I love stuffed potatoes and the filling you use sounds fabulous!

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  32. That does look delectable! Roasted veggies are so simple and tasty, and healthy too.

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