♥ If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

…get out of the kitchen!

It has been a delightfully dry and hot summer here in Tahoe (the “dry” part is especially important to us since we are [wet and rainy] western Washington transplants). It’s been too warm to fire up the oven, but no matter since our kitchen has been torn up for the better part of the summer, anyway. Besides, everything tastes better with grill marks!

This is one of our favorite barbecue meals: an assortment of vegetables and tofu slices basted with teriyaki sauce and grilled to perfection. The usual assortment is zucchini, sweet onions, portobello mushrooms and pineapple. And we never pass up the opportunity to enjoy grilled organic corn on the cob.

Barbecued teriyaki vegetables are quick and easy, and when served with steamed brown rice and extra teriyaki sauce on the side, it makes a truly satisfying meal.

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Teriyaki Marinade

Makes about 1-3/4 cups

Ingredients:

Marinade:

1/2 cup dark soy sauce (or 1/4 dark and 1/4 Bragg’s Liquid Aminos)

1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil

2 oranges, juiced (about 2/3 cup) with pulp

2 Tablespoons agave nectar

2 Tablespoons Sucanat

2 Tablespoons grated ginger root

2 to 4 green onions, minced

2 Tablespoons sesame seeds

Thickener:

2 Tablespoons sake or mirin

1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder

Directions:

Combine all marinade ingredients; whisk well. Let sit at least an hour to develop the flavor.

To thicken (optional, but best for grilling): place teriyaki marinade in a small sauce pan and warm gently over medium heat. Whisk sake or mirin with the arrowroot powder and add to the heated teriyaki marinade.

Whisk, while stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat.

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Every body around here is enjoying the heat and finding ways to keep cool:

The squirrels make use of the dog’s water bowl on the deck.

We stopped rolling up the hose, all for the comfort of cat #1.

Squirrel siesta time.

More squirrel siesta time.

The garden nursery claims that ‘Catmint” (as opposed to ‘Catnip’) is not attractive to cats. Yeah, tell that to cat #2!

Our walks with the greyt boy usually involve a stop on the shores of Lake Tahoe to cool off.

Rolling around in the hot sand at Nevada Beach after a dip in the lake. Could he possibly look any happier?!

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And lastly, today is Women’s Equality Day, which is as good a reason as any to enjoy a decadent no-bake chocolate peanut butter dessert. Prepared by a man, of course!

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13 responses to “♥ If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

  1. OMG. The cat is adorable in the flower pot!! And WOW, you have a really nice grill for a vegan!!!!

  2. The veggies & dessert look amazing! Love the pictures of your sweeties. Your boy looks soooo happy and the kitties & squirrel look really comfy. Cute!

  3. You’re so right that everything tastes better with grill marks! There’s nothing like cooking food over a flame to bring a dish to life. I love the picture of your happy Greyt boy on the beach! He’s loving life!

  4. Your cats definitely know how to relax properly!
    We had such a rainy summer this year but last week the temperatures where in the sky. I wish we had a grill so I could follow your advice. Your marinade sounds wonderful

  5. Grilled food is the best! Your usual assortment of veggies are also some of my favorites – they’re just meant for the grill. The pics of all the animals just lounging about are too cute! I’ve never actually seen squirrels do that. They’re always racing around here like they’re late or something. 🙂

  6. Yay! That’s so awesome that you grilled my wine marinated tofu. I love hearing that! 🙂

  7. Yum! So glad I’m not the only one who puts fresh pineapple on the barbeque – people have been telling me I’m weird for doing that for years 😉

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