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Beating the summer heat: Kitchen edition

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Its hot. I know my cooking has shifted, hunger is less - not good as I'm on a gaining path, and the need to be creative is at it's peak. The desire to go out and eat and let someone else deal with the prep and cleanup is so enticing... oh so enticing. I eat so much though that it's tough financially even if it's balanced out with the giggle inducing factor of wide-eyed waitstaff, that turns into grins, when I order most of a menu and they realize that nobody is joining me.

What are you doing to combat this raging heat? Or, if it's not melting in your city, looking at you Seattle, what are you up to with all the seasonal tastiness that is in full bloom?

PH has peeps from all over and I think it would be interesting to hear about what everyone's plates are up to. Inspiration from Right Coast to Left, the Middle, and all around.

Me - Brooklyn, NY

Storing underwear in the freezer - no joke

My main go to's so far this summer are below and if I go out it's for Sashimi - MM!:

  • Freezing blueberries flat and snacking on them

  • Posicles that I throw together from juice that my hood's juicer makes for me. This week: cucumber, spinach, celery, kale, lemon, ginger

  • Cold avocado that I fill the pit cavity in with shrimp ceviche. And eat with a big spoon

  • Grated zucchini tossed with lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, shaved parmesan reggiano, potato, prosciutto. I also like with chicken and lamb

  • Thin slices of roast beef filled with horseradish, slices of pickle, lettuce, red onion, rolled up

  • Potato salad with a lemon dressing full of herbs and chopped green onion. Eat plain or with whatever protein is around

  • Finely chopped greens and herbs with egg, tubers - sweet and regular, tomato, avocado, with either steak, chicken, ham - if I have them I'll do all three just for the hell of of it and kalamata olives

  • Butter lettuce leaves topped with kimchi, cucumber, pork, cilantro rolled up - I can eat 37 of these

Mason jars of tea in the fridge that I pour in a glass, add an aromatic, and top with seltzer and a ton of ice.

All of the above takes about 20-mins or less.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 24, 2011
at 06:04 PM

But if you live in Columbus then you can partake of all the Jeni's ice creams. Man.. Ohio has got it going ON! :)

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 24, 2011
at 05:32 PM

One of the few upsides to living in Ohio, I s'pose. I mean, we gotta have something besides 3 nice weeks of weather! ;)

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 24, 2011
at 02:21 PM

not a big pea fan, but pea purees are good. But that would involve cooking and mashing, probably too much effort in the heat you have there. I'd stick with using them as ice packs and eating all the goodies you listed above!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 23, 2011
at 08:57 PM

All you people with houses and decks! :) Man oh man.. I would love to have that kind of setup instead of NY railroad apt dwelling..

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 23, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Ahh peas! The wonder coolers! Anything that you like to make to eat when it's hot? I'm really curious how people sustain themselves in the heat.. if they just go out, stick to salads, or try to find different ways to get nutrition that is out of the box a bit :)

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 23, 2011
at 05:03 PM

love your list, its very creative too!! I live in the opposite climate from you, but I feel your pain! Other than putting frozen peas under your arms and behind your neck, I think the frozen underwear will do it!!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 23, 2011
at 04:58 PM

That's of course if you have to cook anything. Salads rule in the summer.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 23, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Cooking outside is definitely the way to go. I don't even like using the microwave in this weather. I have a carport so in addition to the grill, I have a dehydrator and crockpot out there. When I had a deck with no cover in the old house, I used to just haul appliances out and cook on the picnic table.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 23, 2011
at 04:41 PM

you.have.a.grill? the only time i get to grill anything is when i throw myself on the mercy of friends who invite me over for bbq's and ask if i can use the hot coals after all the food is cooked. jealous! :)

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0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 23, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Sounds like you've got the cold covered, Juba. For the hot, I say grill everything -- keeps cooking time short, keeps the heat outside the house, clean-up stays minimal -- and you can stay on track with getting enough tasty protein.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on July 24, 2011
at 05:32 PM

One of the few upsides to living in Ohio, I s'pose. I mean, we gotta have something besides 3 nice weeks of weather! ;)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 23, 2011
at 04:41 PM

you.have.a.grill? the only time i get to grill anything is when i throw myself on the mercy of friends who invite me over for bbq's and ask if i can use the hot coals after all the food is cooked. jealous! :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 23, 2011
at 08:57 PM

All you people with houses and decks! :) Man oh man.. I would love to have that kind of setup instead of NY railroad apt dwelling..

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 23, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Cooking outside is definitely the way to go. I don't even like using the microwave in this weather. I have a carport so in addition to the grill, I have a dehydrator and crockpot out there. When I had a deck with no cover in the old house, I used to just haul appliances out and cook on the picnic table.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 23, 2011
at 04:58 PM

That's of course if you have to cook anything. Salads rule in the summer.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 24, 2011
at 06:04 PM

But if you live in Columbus then you can partake of all the Jeni's ice creams. Man.. Ohio has got it going ON! :)

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