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Summer recipes that don't heat up the kitchen

Postby Emmo » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:37 pm

It's been over 100 degrees for the past week and there is no end in sight. Anyone have a good recipe they want to share that doesn't require me to heat up my house?
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Postby itsmeagain » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:33 am

I use my crock pot a lot in the summer time. Beef, Chicken. throw in some veggies and dinner is served.

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Postby Emmo » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:25 am

Yes I do this also... I've even put the crock pot in the garage! lol. You don't get the yummy smell all day, but I've discovered that even the crock pot can make your a/c run more.
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Postby Autumn2000 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:39 pm

I made a Greek Salad served with pita two nights ago and tonight I made gazpacho and served it with crusty Italian bread. We do a lot of grilling in the summer. It's no fun to be at the grill in this heat, but it does help keep the house cool. We grilled potatoes, chicken legs and zucchini last night.
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Postby Emmo » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:36 am

Oo, yum.

Is gazpacho really good? I just think the idea of a cold soup is creepy. I don't think I've ever had it.
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Postby Autumn2000 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:09 pm

I really enjoy gazpacho but maybe it's something not everyone would enjoy. If you decide to try making it the quality of the tomatoes makes all the difference. If the tomatoes are yummy then the gazpacho will be good. Using high quality olive oil is a good idea too. I think that the best batches are always the ones made with tomatoes from my garden.
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Postby Emmo » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:20 am

Well I'm not really picky person, I'm willing to try it...
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Postby mrsjuice » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:41 pm

Get the rotisserie chicken at the supermarket (even the night before when they mark it down). Then use it to make chicken salad (I love the copycat Arby's recipe with pecans, grapes, apples & celery), chicken wraps, chicken with pasta (although you'll have to cook the pasta), etc. At least you won't be baking chicken in the oven for an hour.

Or, do your cooking very early or very late when it's not as hot out and the air won't have to run as long, if at all, to cool the house back off. Then just refrigerate until mealtime, and microwave to warm up what you want to eat.

Also, fish and shrimp don't take nearly as long to cook as other meats, so eat them on the hottest days, with a salad.
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