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May 17, 2012 03:09 AM

What are your FAVORITE meals or dishes to enjoy when it's HOT outside?

You know it, you feel it- summer is coming.
The wind dies down and the temperature's rising...

I'm thinking watermelon and feta salad, oysters on the half shell, and my mom's cold Brussels sprouts dipped in mayo. Mmmmm...

What do you start to crave?

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  1. Oh!
    And maybe some Taro frozen yogurt!

    1. Peach, mozzarella and basil salad, gazpacho, ajo blanco, olives, macaroni or potato salads, strawberry pie, shrimp cocktail with Old Bay, corn on the cob, melon and feta salad, ratatouille

      1. My staple hot weather meal is one where I usually have all ingredients already on hand: Tuscan Tuna and Bean Sandwich. It was originally a Gourmet magazine recipe and I have made changes over the years to suit my tastes. essentially it is canned tuna in oil, lots of parsley and lemon juice with a bean spread that has kalamata olives, garlic and red onion. Top it with some greens (watercress, arugula, or whatever you have on hand). The original Gourmet recipe:

        I also love buffalo chicken salads in the heat of summer. Grill up a piece of chicken (b/s thighs or breasts), slice it up, then toss with wing sauce (I go traditional, with a mix of Frank's Red Hot and a little melted butter). I then take a big ol' bowl of salad chock full of whatever veg is in my fridge, toss with a little blue cheese dressing, then add the chicken on top.

        1. I gravitate to things made of farmers market fare: Fruit smoothies, greek salad, zucchini carpaccio, grilled sausages, tomato/mozzarella/basil salad.

          1. Salads of all kinds - composed, thrown together - Caprese, Cobb, Chef's, Asian Chicken, tuna and egg salads, spinach salads
            Picnic foods: cold sliced meats and cheeses, fruits, good breads, olives, deli salads and snacks
            Grilled foods - meats, vegs, some fruits, seafood and chicken....
            Watermelon for dinner!
            Corn on the Cob for dinner!
            And by the above two, I mean only that, as in "all ya can eat, and you better eat a lot.." : )
            Dinner out. Any meal out, for that matter, if it's that hot outside.
            Movie refreshments dinner. Yeehaw!! You can figure out the menu.
            Specific Summer foods I love: ratatouille, fruit and vegetable tarts, tortes, fritattas, pizzas, whole fruits and fruit salads in season, watermelon plain, watermelon plug full of rum or vodka, sliced summer tomato sandwiches with homemade mayonnaise, tomato and peach salad....
            I could go on but if I did it could be days.

            6 Replies
            1. re: mamachef

              Movie refreshments dinner? I love it!

              I have NEVER heard that before, but now I am dying to try it!


              1. re: Smabys

                As a kid if we went to movies the popcorn counted as dinner.

                1. re: melpy

                  Yep. The general menu for us (the candy varied) was a hot dog, popcorn, a box of candy and a soda. All food groups covered. : ) I always chose Jr. mints.

                  1. re: mamachef

                    I also always chose Junior Mints. My dad always had Goobers. My sister usually had Skittles or maybe Snowcaps and my mom would complain that nobody needed to be eating candy!

                    1. re: melpy

                      In high school, I worked at a little movie theater (anyone remember Jerry Lewis Cinemas?). My favorite box to "damage" was the Junior Mints. Can't sell a damaged box, can you? Just have to eat the stuff yourself.

                      1. re: melpy

                        Snowcaps always my choice! When I was a kid, you could only find them at the movie theatre. I think looking back I liked them because they were dark chocolate.
                        Now that I have two small kids, we sometimes have movie lunch on the weekends (on our big screen tv) - with a late breakfast, sometimes all you need around noon is popcorn and candy :)