Life as Lou

The Lazy Chef: Laid Back Cooking For Hot Summer Days!

  • June 29, 2012 10:48 pm

Today I am doing another cooking with Augason Farms post! It has been a hard post to write, not because I can’t put my thoughts together, but because it is summer and I don’t feel like cooking!  So I decided to do my post around the theme of not wanting to cook, because I know I can’t be alone in that thought.  The only real problem with my not wanting to cook is that I still want to eat. And my children REALLY want to eat, pretty much all of the time.

I looked through my pantry at all of my food storage and I tried to find the very most simple, yet satisfying products.  I started out with this yummy blueberry muffin mix.  My kids can inhale muffins in seconds, and always want more, so I really like how you can make as many or as few muffins as you want with the number ten can mix.  Also, this mix is simple enough that my ten year old can make the muffins while I put my feet up in the backyard and enjoy summer.  I love that the only ingredient you need is water because it keeps the mess low, and it keeps me from making any last minute trips to the store. It is also easy to dress up with fresh blueberries- just drop them into the muffin cups and they go from good to amazing!

We have been doing a lot of traveling this summer, visiting grandparents and spending time at our cabin. The funny thing about the cabin is that it is so remotely located that if you get caught up there in a rain storm, you can’t leave.  My husband’s cousin spent three days up there once before finally sliding down the mountain roads (dangerous) and leaving huge ruts in the road (destructive and expensive to fix!).  While some food is always kept up a the cabin, it would quickly get to be slim pickin’s with a family my size. So I brought up two Augason Farms mixes- one for Almond Poppy Seed Muffins and one for Scrambled Eggs.  I chose these two items because almost everybody likes these two foods, and both mixes were very simple to make and only required water. There aren’t a lot of stores up at the top of an almost uninhabited mountain, so running out for that extra ingredient is not an option.  I added these to the mountain cupboards with a note written in sharpie across the top “For Emergency Only- Only Eat This If You Cannot Get Off The Mountain”.  Just having those two cans there would be enough for two or three good meals if we were to get stranded in a storm.

Also handy for traveling are the snack items!  I can put together great, inexpensive road treats for my kids just by cracking open granola, banana slices and freeze fried pineapple chunks.  Any of the fruits would be tasty, but we are fond of the pineapple.  This picture is a little dark because I was packing these treats at ten o’clock at night the day before we left town.  That is the beauty of food storage!  It can be ten o’clock at night when you realize you need something NOW and it is already there.

My last super fast meal idea for you is Chili Cheese Dogs.  I love these, as do my children. I’m vacationing at my in-laws and since it is nice for me to cook at least a few of the meals while we are here, I brought an every day sized can of the Augason Farms Southwest Chili Mix.  This is really good stuff.  It also comes in a number 10 can, great for if you are cooking for a large group.  (Think family reunion). I love making chili from scratch, but that takes forever.  This sets up in fifteen minutes, and is a major crowd pleaser. It also makes me look like I worked harder than I did.  I slather the hot dog in chili and garnish with shredded cheese and chopped onions. SO good. It also cleans up in seconds since it is all in one can and one pot.  In fact, it cleans up so quickly that before i was done serving dinner yesterday, my mother in-law had already cleared away my can, so it isn’t in the picture.  You’ll have to check it out with the above links instead.

This edition of Cookin’ With Augason Farms brought to you by one seriously lazy summer cook- because finger lickin’ food shouldn’t take all day!  Go check out their 40th Anniversary Celebration and give yourself a break this summer!


  1. Sherri says:

    Yum! I think chili cheese dogs may need to make an appearance at my house this week. It’s so H.O.T here. That first photo is fabulous Leah! Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

  2. Lauralee Hensley says:

    Yummy. Lucky kiddos, blueberry muffins. I need to get busy and make some now.

  3. Priya Venkat says:

    I don’t mind the food posts but I’m desperately missing your crafty posts. Hope you are having a lovely summer break.

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