(Plus, the origin of the term “Dog Days of Summer”)
During the heat of the summer season, I like light meals – nothing too heavy for the Dog Days of Summer. And in case you were wondering what that expression means, it refers to the Dog Star, Sirius, which is now the brightest star visible in the sky. The Dog Star is part of the constellation Canis Major, the “Greater Dog,” and it rises and sets at the same time as the sun from July 3 to August 11 for this latitude. The ancient Romans referred to this time as diēs caniculārēs, or “dog days.” And now, you know.