My eldest son called from Carolina on Sunday, and asked if it was still cold here. The cold spell broke on Friday, but his newspaper over the weekend publishes hot/cold spots in the country. Coldest city: Fairbanks, Alaska (no shock there). Second coldest city: Juneau, tied with our fair locale in NEPA. Hot Diggety Dog! That's a great advertising campaign for the Chamber of Commerce: "Alaska's Weather without the Distance to Travel!"
In honor of the return of summer, I made a summer dessert, which I created earlier this year: Cantaloupe Sundaes. Wedges of cantaloupe are topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Orange sauce. Not too much ice cream, ergo, not too many calories, and it sneaks healthy food into the hubby and kids without them noticing.
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 tbsp butter
Whisk together all ingredients in 2 cup pyrex measuring cup. Put in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until it boils and thickens, whisking every 30 seconds. Stir in butter and serve warm.