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Bonfire Hobo Dinners


Here is another of our “participation dinners,” the kind of dinner that everyone gets to “cook” themselves, but this time you get to do it outdoors! And it’s also one of our non-recipe recipes, meaning that you can use what you have in the amounts you’d like to make this idea work.

The stars of this dinner are the potatoes and sausage covered with melting cheese, everything else is up to you and your cupboard. I have made suggestions, but pick your own favorite vegetables, as long as they can cook in less than 10 minutes…

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Quick Tuna or Salmon Ceviche


Alright, I know, this is not really ceviche, but it is as tangy, cool and crisp as the real thing. It is the perfect dinner to throw together when the evening is warm and light and you need just a little more time to throw the ball…

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Using Buttermilk


I love buttermilk! In Denmark we make a dessert soup called “kold skald.” We add lemon rind, vanilla and sugar to ice cold buttermilk, then float a few “kammerjunker” (butter cookies) on top to eat during hot summer days while sitting in the grass under the plum trees.

Buttermilk is very low in fat, only 1-2%. Once upon a time when butter was churned from cream, the remaining “milk” was called buttermilk. Now the process is a little different, but the end result is the same, a low fat dairy product with all the tangy goodness of sour cream or yoghurt.

Add it to mashed potatoes as a low fat alternative to butter or sour cream. Often breads, biscuits and cakes have buttermilk in the recipe. To make a quick substitution, add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes.

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Sticky Teriyaki Chicken


It will only take you 10 minutes to make this marinade. Then while the chicken is marinating for an hour, you can start the brown rice cooking, make a salad, play Go Fish, set the table and feed the hamster. Fifteen minutes before dinner time pop the chicken under the broiler, light the candles and hide all the cell phones. Ring the dinner bell…

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