Something about 100 degree temperatures makes you want to eat differently. For me, it brings back childhood boat days of small, light snacks all day (rather than one big meal). Last night, we threw together an admittedly strange combo that just worked somehow.
We started out with this fabulous Watermelon and Feta Salad. (The picture doesn't do it justice - and the watermelon and red onion just do something wonderful to each other.)
We hadn't broke out the fondue pot in a while, so we decided on cheese fondue as the main course, with steamed artichokes on the side. The last time I made fondue I used a recipe that had a strong wine taste and neither of us liked it much, so I tried this recipe (which has no wine at all). It was definitely more to our taste, and it's very basic, so now that we know we like it we can start adding our own touches.
We have grilled and stuffed artichokes and not found any keeper recipes in any of them. So we decided to go back to the basics and just steam the artichokes. (Thanks to the Aiming Low blog for some basic guidelines.) I served it with just a basic butter dipping sauce (1 stick butter melted, 2 tbsp lemon juice, & 1/2 tsp minced garlic).
Some times, when you try all new things for dinner (OK, most of the time), at least one thing is not going to turn out well, but this was just one of those perfectly summer dinners that all came together perfectly!