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Fiona Jul 22, 2011 11:35 AM

Hi - is currently 101* with a heat index of 115*. If I turn on my stove I will die. In the mean time I do still need to eat and CSA veggies are piling up. Two nights ago I braved the heat and cooked a big pot of pasta and then threw lots of veggies in the pasta water to cook. I put it all together with a mustard vinegrette and made a salad which I have been eating since. This caused me to wonder how other people are dealing with the heat. Care to share?

  1. limonay Aug 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    I like to make cool salads that have a crunch and mix in some fruit for sweetness.


    Kohlrabi Salad with Radishes and Apples

    (Serves 4


    1 head kohlrabi, cut into matchsticks

    1 apple, peeled and cut into matchsticks

    3 radishes, cut into matchsticks or thinly sliced

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1 tablespoon sesame oil

    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

    1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

    splash of fish sauce

    1 teaspoon chili flakes in oil


    cracked black pepper

    To prepare the kohlrabi, with a sharp knife cut off the branches. Peel off the skin either using a vegetable peeler or a knife.

    Cut the kohlrabi, radishes and peeled apple either with a knife or a mandolin.

    Mix together the rest of the ingredients, which are for the dressing.

    Toss all the salad ingredients together and chill in refrigerator before serving.

    1 Reply
    1. re: limonay
      suzysue2 Aug 2, 2011 10:52 AM

      Oooh, kohlrabi salad looks good, and I have some hanging around.

      My mom and I both made this shaved zucchini salad:


      The recipe is great and you could be creative in your approach, this version has an Italian bend to it, but a middle eastern version with feta cumin and a bit of heat would be great too. Dress it to order, if not it will get soggy, the zucchini releases a lot of water, so something to keep in mind.

      I made zucchini bread today and since I took the plunge and turned on the oven (not as bad as turning on the stove IMHO because the heat is contained at least) I also roasted beets to slice up and eat throughout the week and 'steamed' potatoes and made potato salad with homemade herb-lemon mayo.

    2. t
      tall sarah Jul 22, 2011 07:05 PM

      Hot here in Boston. Not 115, but 103.

      Last night I grilled our entire meal- green beans in soy sauce/ sesame oil/ lemon zest, sliced new potatoes & spanish green onions (thank goodness I did not give away that pan for the grill!), rib eye steak. Ok, so the salad wasn't grilled. Dang it tasted good, our kitchen & house didn't heat up further & my kitchen was easy to clean up!

      Tonight, we grilled pizza for the 1st time. I was out of pizza sauce, so I had to make some using the stove. Epic mess inside & outside of the house and my downstairs went from 85 to 88 degrees. At least it tasted great :)

      Tomorrow will be dinner out.

      1. j
        jjjrfoodie Jul 22, 2011 06:53 PM

        Pesto with my 3' high 3' around basil plant out back that refuses to quit growing (LOL) and fresh picked tomatoes.

        Really lazy = toasted crusty sliced french bread with pesto as a spread and sliced tomatoes with salt as a side.
        Semi-Lazy= Lavash flatbread as pizza crust brushed with crushed garlic and olive oil topped with mozz. cheese, provalone cheese, basil , sliced tomatoes and feta and then thrown in the toaster oven.
        Semi-motivated= Basil pesto on pasta and a side of sliced tomatoes with chopped basil and basalmic vinegar.

        For lunches I do easy and lazy but still healthy. Dinners-I like to be creative and do SOP stuff.

        1. thew Jul 22, 2011 11:47 AM


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          1. re: thew
            srsone Jul 22, 2011 06:09 PM

            hopefully the place has a/c

            1. re: thew
              DrMag Jul 24, 2011 06:10 PM

              I was gonna say that!

            2. srsone Jul 22, 2011 11:42 AM

              already a thread about it...join us :-)


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              1. re: srsone
                Fiona Jul 22, 2011 11:45 AM

                I will - I just saw it a moment ago. Thanks for the heads up!

                1. re: Fiona
                  srsone Jul 22, 2011 11:46 AM


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