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Its soooo hot out...

what are you eating? been eating a lot of ice cream.

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  1. Panzanella with feta. Cold figs wrapped in proscuitto.

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    1. re: escondido123

      Goodness, this sounds incredibly delicious. :)

    2. We're either eating out in restaurants that have a/c, or just having salads with feta and nuts. It's too hot to grill and my kitchen has no a/c, so I'm not enjoying cooking at the moment.

      1. A bowl of watermelon. Though to be fair, I'm in my air-conditioned office so the heat isn't affecting me at the moment. Not looking forward to my subway ride/walk home, though. I gave my partner the choice of a tuna sandwich or a cheese sandwich for dinner tonight because I'm sure as hell not cooking.

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        1. re: LeoLioness

          wow, LL...we Leos think alike for sure! ^o^ ...cold watermelon is my go-to after a work out or running errands here in SWFL all summer long...love it and I just can't find refreshment quite like it on such steamy days, for us they'll last into Sept. at least.

        2. We have central air, so it's not much of an issue, but it's too hot to grill so while usually my husband does most of the cooking during the summer, this summer we're having a lot of fried chicken and stir-fry. (Fried chicken just because I'm on a kick, and stir-fry because they're easy and fast.

          1. It's crazy hot outside. I've had steak in the refrigerator I want to make but am thinking I should freeze it until the heat passes. I'm not heating up the grill or turning on the stove that high right now. Maybe I should just pop it on the hood of my car after I drive it.

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            1. re: chowser

              Don't laugh, but years ago, I had a cookbook called "Manifold Destiny" with recipes were cooked on your car's exhaust manifold, double wrapped in foil. I never tried any of them (or the ones you cooked in the dishwasher), but I did get a kick out of reading the cookbook.

              1. re: Isolda

                A very close friend of mine wrote that book with a friend. In fact, there is a potato recipe that came from me. The book was just re-released in the past year.

                1. re: escondido123

                  did they actually try those recipes? did they have a weird tasted (kinda like lighter fluid has an awful smell?). I wasn't sure if the book was a joke...

                  1. re: Chowrin

                    No, it was serious. Properly wrapped there would be no smell - the exhaust goes out the rear of the car, remember. The idea was that you put the package in the right spot under the hood when you start a road trip, and by the time you're ready to stop for lunch you have a hot meal all cooked and waiting for you.

                    Along similar lines there were some recipes kicking around (can't recall if it was a book or not) for cooking in the dishwasher. Sounds weird but if you think about it, after you run the dishwasher everything in it (including its own interior) is by definition clean enough to eat off of.

            2. sushi and half frozen bottles of water

              1. I picked a good time to try raw vegan. Watermelon, honeydews, cantelope, avocados and green smoothies mostly.

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                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                    givemecarbs makes an interesting point: shortly after my in-laws moved to central Florida from Delaware a few years ago, Pop said his total cholesterol dropped 28 points...he said it was too hot to eat heavy meals PLUS, yes, he was moving around much more. Seems a lot of people just don't have such voracious appetites when it's sweltering hot, even if you do have a/c.

                1. We've been cleaning out leftovers from the freezer. Only need the microwave to heat them and leaves room (our freezer was full right to the top) for ice cream.

                  1. Right now I'm sipping a tall glass of homemade limeade. It is ridiculously hot outside.

                    1. All I want to eat lately is fruit and bruschetta and occasionally Cherry Garcia (but that's a fruit serving, right???).

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                        1. re: Cynamar

                          That Cherry Garcia counts as a fruit serving in MY house, lol!

                        2. i am eating the same as i always do..
                          just in the summer i drink more water...lots of water....
                          in the summer here its always in the high 90s and 70-90% humidity..
                          in the winter it just stays in the 70s-80s
                          "winter" is a couple of days where it gets cold at night

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                          1. re: srsone

                            Same here. My diet hasn't changed much at all. Only changes are iced water, iced tea and lemonade.

                            My diet, as with many others here, really only changes based on the growing season, time management and nutritional needs. Thinking of going gazpacho heavy next month when tomatoes (finally!) come around.

                          2. Ice cream. Way too much ice cream. I need help.

                            1. Whenever it gets hot, I turn to this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pkoceres...

                              The key for me is to get the noodles as cold as possible. I chill the noodles in ice water, and freeze the bowl. A little extra crushed ice gets mixed in at service. After I polish it off I reach for some watermelon. Nothing's better in the summer!

                              1. I have been keeping an enormous bowl of iced melons and pineapple around and we are going through it by the bowlful, hourly.

                                1. I go from an air conditioned house, to an air conditioned car (in the garage--no sun), to an air conditioned office (with a parking garage--no sun). But it's all in the mind, watching the relentless coverage of our 5th heat wave already this year and temps in triple digits. So it's been lots of pineapple, melons, cold cucumber salads and sandwiches. But of course, I will cook corn on the cob.

                                  1. I am still eating hot and hearty soups. We live in the Pacific NW, where according to recent calculations, we have had precisely 78 minutes of summer this year, as defined by temps over 80 degrees. I have lived here my entire life, suffered many awful summers including last which was probably in my top 3 coldest/most un-summerlike. This summer is making all those others look absolutely balmy.

                                    I am seriously envious of you CH'ers who have to eat ice cream and cold foods to stay nourished this summer.

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                                    1. re: jlhinwa

                                      I generally hate your climate (my parents and two of my brothers live in Seattle, and we go there every August), but right now, I'm envious. Here in New England, many, many places do not have central A/C, including my house, and it's miserable to cook.

                                      I know there are hotter places (we lived in Texas for three years), but those places typically have A/C everywhere, so you can always escape it.

                                      1. re: Isolda

                                        With family members living here, you do know what I'm talking about then. I am sure you have heard about our particularly wretched summer. I am guessing that the year in review will show higher than normal rates of depression, domestic violence, suicide and more.

                                        While I might fantasize right now about some nice East Texan humidity and heat or some AZ sun-scorched summer days, in reality I would not do well with that kind of weather. You are right though, at least in most of those places, the homes have a/c. I cannot imagine cooking in a hot, humid kitchen. That is pretty miserable. And who wants to worry about sweat dripping into their food??? :-)

                                        1. re: Isolda

                                          My sympathies, Isolda---you are dead on the money---went to school in New England, hotter than hell, no AC. I lived on ice cream, also cereal with cold milk and blueberries.

                                        2. re: jlhinwa

                                          This is us as well. It's rainy, cold, and gray most days. We haven't even hit 78 except for a few long forgotten days in April. I'm sitting here in full length sweats contemplating a pot of beans or something else soul warming.

                                          1. re: thew

                                            Yeah- gonna make that a mandatory tomorrow night.

                                          2. Cold noodle salads, lettuce wraps, lots of fresh fruit, but I lucked out and moved from desert to ocean just in the nick of time. Where we were is easily hitting triple digits now, and where we are has yet to break 78...

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                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                I now live in coastal North San Diego County, CA. Was living in Temecula for a very long, dry, uninteresting and threatening to get extremely hot 6 months. :P

                                            1. Biscuits and Pineapple.
                                              A little southern-tropical fusion ;)
                                              Excuse my spastic random cravings :P

                                              1. Sparkling water with ice and half a lime's worth of juice. Pellegrino, Gerolsteiner and Appolinaris are usually my waters of choice, but I have been drinking a ton of Jarritos Mineragua due to the fact that it is $0.99 for a 1.5 liter bottle at the market down the street, and it is quite good, all things considered.

                                                I plan on eating crackers with fresh salt-and-peppered tomato for dinner, and possibly some carrots and dill dip. If I'm still hungry, I'll finish it off with a piece of ricotta cake and peaches.

                                                1. Ugh, it's positively steamy out. Walking home from the subway and stepping into a sauna-reminiscent apartment resulted in me drinking a cold bottle of beer while sitting in bed (only room with an AC) for dinner.

                                                  1. We have central air, but the combo of an old house, an old a/c unit, the heat and humidity, means that even with the thermostat at 76 and the unit running nonstop, it's well above 80 inside the house. Our a/c man says it's the best this old a unit can do, when the feels like is 113 or 115. I don't know if he's blowing smoke or what...but anyway, we're eating:

                                                    precooked chicken strips from TJ's in salads or on rice (hot or room temp) from the rice cooker with raw veggies in a sort of unfried rice, with kizami nori, sesame seeds, and sometimes hot pepper paste to vary the flavor, or topped with spicy sesame sauce and cukes from the garden, or with cold noodles if I dare boil water
                                                    cold soups from fruit to gazpacho to ajo blanco
                                                    agua fresca of all varieties
                                                    fruit popsicles (homemade from David Lebovitz' Perfect Scoop recipes)
                                                    grilled steak and potato salad (again, if I dare boil water, I cook a few pounds and make a large batch, which we eat over salad greens with cukes and an Asian style dressing with the leftovers for lunch the next day)
                                                    beer can chicken
                                                    lots of crackers and veggies with various dips like baba ganouj (cook the eggplant on the grill after the protein comes off) or hummus we make in the food processor

                                                    It's so hot out that my appetite has been affected, and I have to make myself eat during the day. I think if had my druthers, I'd be eating mostly fruit, to be honest. It sits best for some reason, but then I start to feel the lack of protein. So, I've also made omelets and chilled them, Japanese style. Surprisingly good on top of room temperature oatmeal or rice with scallions and sesame seeds for breakfast.

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                                                    1. re: amyzan

                                                      you need a dehumidifier. my house is at about 90, and it's less hot than yours. heat index rocks

                                                    2. for dinner tonight--fruit smoothie (yogurt from farmers market, oj, and frozen peaches in the blender-mmmm) and a slice of toast with pb. now i'm ready for a few spashes of vodka over ice...

                                                      1. We went back to my childhood it's too hot to cook dish - cold macaroni salad with tuna fish - sea shell pasta, green pepper, celery, onion, mayo, dill. Serve really cold with rye bread and butter. And I have to say, tasted pretty good.....

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                                                        1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                          Try adding some fresh tomato chunks to that. Goes really well. I am recently having gluten(I think) problems, and can't eat it anymore - gives me a bellyache! So eat some of my former summer favorites for me!! I mourn the loss of my pasta tuna salads.

                                                          1. re: Nanzi

                                                            Sorry to hear about your gluten problems! Fresh tomato sounds like a good addition.....

                                                            1. re: Nanzi

                                                              Nanzi, have you tried the quinoa-corn pasta? The macaroni holds up beautifully in stuff. And have hope - the only thing I haven't been able to recreate GF is croissants.

                                                          2. Seasonal stuff- cherries, nectarines and peaches, apricots, grapes, lettuces and cucumbers, and this morning at work I had creamed chipped beef on a toasted english muffin, then went back to the office and ate a good-sized piece of flank steak, a bunch of romaine in a bag, and a dozen homegrown cherry tomatoes. And some peach Activia. It was one of those heavy hungry days, but at least I skipped lunch. BTW- the steak was room temp, maybe a little colder. Tonight, triscuits with Jarlsberg and a big shot of tequila with peach slices in it.
                                                            Ah, summer.

                                                            1. I turn up the A/C and enjoy a hot bowl of chicken soup or Chinese beef noodle soup.

                                                              1. Gazpacho. I make a low-carb version by Cuisinarting 4 tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 green pepper, and 1 cucumber, adding this to a 46-oz can of tomato juice, and seasoning with salt, garlic powder, cumin, vinegar, and olive oil. Keeps a week in the refrigerator. Best taken ice cold.

                                                                1. Fresh mango, pineapple, watermelon and lichis. Homemade ginger ale. Iced passionfruit green tea. Cold noodles. Homemade mango popsicles. Iced barley tea. 7-day coleslaw, potato salad, gazpacho.

                                                                  Mind you, the hot weather here lasts about 5 months, so I just bite the bullet, cook, and close the kitchen off from the rest of the apartment.

                                                                  1. gin and tonic. who needs food, anyway?

                                                                    1. I have AC, but everyone needs to go out sometimes!
                                                                      Tonight I'm making Vietnamese spring rolls. I've been eating a lot of peel and eat shrimp, meat from rotisserie chickens, and sorbet.
                                                                      Drinking lots of ice water with a slice of lime.

                                                                      1. Greek salads, fruit smoothies, watermelon, and lots of fish.
                                                                        It was around 102 over here in Greece today!

                                                                        1. It's too hot to cook inside, and almost too hot to go outside at all (35C/95F and very humid yesterday, not fun - I know that's nothing much to some, but in a place where we see -40 at times, it's like moving from Mars to Venus).

                                                                          We have a weekly organic basket. They keep getting bigger by the week, and there's always plenty of stuff in there that I don't care for in raw form.

                                                                          So, last weekend was BBQ borscht time. Big old Le Creuset right on the grill, loaded with veggies from the basket. And it's happening again tonight, no matter how hot it gets today.

                                                                          The only other option is to have the fanciest compost in town.

                                                                          1. Ice cold smoothies and ice pops (basically, frozen smoothies).

                                                                            1. Lots of salads, fruit (mostly melon and pineapple), frozen fruit bars.

                                                                              1. I'm sooo envious of those for whom this summer is all ice cream and barbeques.

                                                                                Here, it's wet and cold - we've had the heating on a couple of nights. Weather forecast for tomorrow - cloudy, with maximum temperature at 19. A nice warming stew is called for. I dread what it'll be like in winter.

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                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                  I so feel you pain, and I totally relate. I am sitting at my desk with a space heater blowing on my legs and I am wearing a heavy sweater. I will be eating hot tomato soup for lunch shortly. I love summer foods, love cold drinks, ice cream, salads, etc. and it has just been too cold to get excited about eating any of that.

                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                    Now 5 days into our 5th heat wave of the summer with current temp of 102 (F) and with "feel like" temp of 120 (thanks to the oppressive humidity), I actually envy you right now. What I'd give for a nice cold rain--oh yeah, we haven't had any rain in a month either :(

                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                      I know, I know...the grass is always greener. Honestly, it isn't the temps that bother me so much as the day-after-day gray skies and threat of rain. People need to see the sunshine!

                                                                                      It actually did warm up a bit today and to celebrate, dinner was cold chicken breast served with a lovely slaw. Tomorrow I am hitting our farmer's market and praying for some weather suitable for eating fresh fruit outdoors.

                                                                                  2. I live in a climate that doesn't get hot, but I still make a lot of gazpacho during the summer when the veges are at their best.
                                                                                    Also cantaloupe with prosciutto wrapped around it
                                                                                    figs dipped in cream cheese
                                                                                    strawberry's dipped in sour cream with brown sugar
                                                                                    cold cuts wrapped around cream cheese and asparagus

                                                                                    1. We're in the middle of a heat wave here in the Boston area. At 2'46 PM EST it was 100F going up to and probably beyond 102F. Absolutely No sea breeze.

                                                                                      Last night I made a tossed salad with a variety of vegetables with a red wine vinegar/ Dijon dressing, topped with a serving of canned tuna in EVOO - drained.

                                                                                      Tonight it's going to be a cold pasta salad with zucchini and summer squash, heart of romaine, olives, sliced vidalia, tomato with a vinegar dressing - not mayo. Plus a fruit salad with diced pineapple, mango and farm fresh blueberries with the zest and juice of a lime then drizzled with a bit of honey.

                                                                                      1. Yesterday we broke records w a temp of 49°C w the humidity and today isn't much better. So, a very casual meal is on the menu tonight here at casa bc. Taking inspiration from England & Spain we're having:

                                                                                        Melton Mowbray pie, pickled beets, an assortment of cheese, boiled eggs, radishes, tomatoes, sweet pickles and chutney. The fruit has been marinating all day for a lovely pitcher of sangria to wash it all down.

                                                                                        We plan to enjoy this on the deck, watching the boats go by and being so grateful for the warmth of summer because before we know it, it'll be snowing again!!

                                                                                        1. Hot here too in Western Ma. We have grain salads with the grains cooked in the rice cooker or based on bulgur, which soaks instead of cooking with whatever produce is in the garden. and lots of cold fruit. and frozen grapes.

                                                                                          1. 99°F here in Boston at the moment, and dinner tonight will be my wife's Russian-style cold sorrel soup (we grow our own sorrel) followed by a rack of my slow-smoked ribs (I smoked several a few days ago before it got ridiculously hot).

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                                                                                            1. re: BobB

                                                                                              My go-to cool down soup is: raw tomatoes, sweet red pepper and basil (plus a little garlic, salt, pepper and really good olive oil) puree, I also like Bulgarian tarator, a cold soup of yogurt, cucumber, mint or dill and finely chopped walnuts. I recently served a previously frozen carrot, ginger and parsnip puree cold. It was as good or better than it was hot. I am also experimenting with making popsicles from pureed berries, with or without yogurt.

                                                                                            2. Ice cream, sandwiches, cooking less, but every few days I feel the urge so I make quick stuff on a griddle like bulgogi and vegetables on rice. Rice cookers are great.

                                                                                              1. A hearty Sunday gravy! 68 degrees here. Sigh. I'll trade with you guys for a week.

                                                                                                1. Mostly I've been not planning and eating the same while cursing the heat. It seems to help to keep the pot on the burners while they're hot.I try to scoop the food out and replace it with water, so that the extra heat dissipates slowly. A hot, uncovered burner is bad news. I'm jealous of people with gas stoves who don't have this problem. If I were a better planner, I'd use the crock pot or the microwave.

                                                                                                  1. Pasta salad. Cold fruit. Popsicles. Ice water.

                                                                                                    1. We have central air, but with the heat wave here in SW Ohio, coupled with the fact that my kitchen faces west (note to others -- and self -- never, ever, ever, ever do this if you have have hot summers), i've been keeping cooking to a minimum -- stuff I can do on the stovetop or microwave or have cold. Late one evening I roasted some chicken, then cut the meat up and threw in the fridge. Next day I cut up lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, green onions, and warmed the chicken a little in the microwave and seasoned with lime juice. Served everything at room temperature with flour tortillas and cheese and salsa and sour cream.

                                                                                                      1. I've been living on salads, since I'm reluctant to even stand near boiling water to cook pasta, though I force myself once a week or so. It helps that it's the height of produce season, so lots of excellent veggies at the farm stands.

                                                                                                        Caprese salad, with a little prosciutto
                                                                                                        Sliced cabbage and cucumbers, roast beef from the deli, fish sauce/lime juice/hot pepper dressing
                                                                                                        Corn & bean salad, sometimes with tomato or green onions, cuminy vinaigrette dressing
                                                                                                        Cauliflower salad
                                                                                                        Shrimp and Mango
                                                                                                        Potato, green beans, tuna, olives

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                                                                                                        1. re: patricium

                                                                                                          We've been eating lots of tomatoes and melons from the Farmer's Market. Even with AC, the heat is oppressive.

                                                                                                          1. re: patricium

                                                                                                            With some homegrown tomatoes I hope to obtain at a Farmers' Market tomorrow, I hope to make Caprese salad. Love it.

                                                                                                            1. re: patricium

                                                                                                              could you please tell me how to =make that thai beef salad? the exact proportions of the fish sauce etc... sounds amazing.

                                                                                                            2. We ate a honeydew melon today. Mr. Sueatmo and I had it for 2 meals. I chose a stuffed eggplant recipe to try tonight that used mostly microwave cooking, and I cooked Mr. Sueatmo's rice in a rice cooker.I quickly seared some Ahi tuna on the stovetop grill. I could not face lengthy stovetop or conventional oven cooking today. We hope for a break in the weather tomorrow.