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With this suffering heat, what do you find to be most satisfying for lunch and/or dinner?

With another year of record setting temps, it is getting more difficult to come up with something that will satisfy everyone. It's so hot to cook, and even though grilling is an option, I am not in the mood to eat after being in 108 degrees and the heat coming off the grill.
All I can think of is cold, cold, cold.....anything cold sounds refreshing. But how many salads can a person eat?
What are you doing to survive this heat wave?

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  1. I never tire of salads and find them infinite in variety. I cook grains in the rice cooker and have them on hand to mix with veggies, I also love cold soups, which for me are mostly pureed veggies and/or fruits.
    And,ice cream always makes a good summer dinner ;)

    1. I frequently find myself craving sushi during summer Gulf Coast humisery.

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      1. re: beachmouse

        Sushi...definitely sushi.Frozen blueberries in yogurt with honey for dessert.

      2. Zaru Soba -- cold buckwheat noodles with a dipping sauce of katsuobushi (dried shaved bonito) and soy sauce. Lots of slivered roasted nori seaweed on top. Plus a dab of wasabi in the dipping sauce.

        1. Ceviche
          Tacos -- with grilled fish, cooled down, or shredded seasoned rotisserie chicken, chilled, with salsa and fixings
          Egg Salad
          Leftovers -- cold Chinese food, pizza, etc.

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          1. A recent visit to my father's house we decided, stupidly, to grill on a 95 degree day. Food was great, but sitting at the dining room table dripping sweat was not too enjoyable. The thought was not to use the oven or stove and heat the house, but damn. That being said, the next night, we went out, so reservations are always good, haha.

            On a serious note, the best choices recently have been
            Chicken Salad Sandwiches

            1. I find cold quiche to be very refreshing. For me it's the perfect food at any temperature....

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              1. re: KSlink

                YES! Agreed. Just had some myself yesterday. Cold quiche made with egg, spinach, onion, coconut milk.
                Chilled green salad
                Almonds/Blueberries/Yogurt combo
                Fruit Fruit FRUIT (lately it's been two kiwis a day)
                Kale Slaw
                Ice Cream
                Cold cereals
                Warm soups

              2. A few years ago on a blazing hot day, I cut a couple of different types of melon (I think I had a honeydew and a galia, IIRC) into balls, then tossed it with a generous chiffonade of mint, and threw the bowl into the freezer til it was just beginning to get frosty.

                THAT rocked. Sweet and cold and refreshing.

                1. Hot n' spicy -- it's an old trick, but food that makes you sweat keeps you cool.

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                  1. re: Chowrin

                    An old European trick, actually....the days I've sat with friends/family and we've all consumed large amounts of hot tea on a 100 degree + day are too numerous to count.

                  2. I recently bought 4 sexy loin lamb chops, and later I realized I don't want to grill them for the heat, so they sleep in the freezer. The chicken salad with anchovies and hard boiled eggs I read about here makes for an easy cool lunch or supper, along with a starburst tomato or a Sam Fujisaka style avocado fan; I have made it numerous times. I start with a supermarket rotisserie chicken. Big batch of gazpacho soon.

                    1. A perfectly shaken Martini at both lunch and dinner help take my mind off the heat!

                      1. I like to grill chicken, early in the morning before work (I use a grill pan in the kitchen, no outdoor grill. Then when I come home, I have sliced cold chicken and a caprese salad.

                        I also make corn on the cob, rice, or potato salad and keep really cold in the fridge for a few days. Slicing oorn off the husk, I toss with diced red onion and basil, add a teaspoon of olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper.

                        Lobster has been cheap so far this summer and cooking them early and making lobster salad when I get home.

                        Just a few meals I like during the heat spells of summer. Along with lots of salads too.


                        1. Deli chicken, turkey, and ham in sandwiches or salads. Microwaved corn on the cob is easy and good. My produce store has had beautiful Bing cherries in bags. Raspberries and strawberries and many other fruits are also available. I live alone so no need to get fussy. I eat the cherries off the stems and the berries are put in a bowl and sprinkled with a little sugar. I buy almond biscotti also. Sugar snap peas are quickly cooked in brown butter and sprinkled with some salt.

                          Don't forget take-out.

                          1. In Nashville the summer produce was so good I didn't mind cooking some of it, especially those field peas I miss so much. But tomatoes are a staple there, and here in SoCal too. Neither of the Owens can get enough of a simple salad of tomatoes cut into chunks and tossed with salt, pepper, some nice dried herb and plenty of olive oil, then vinegar to taste. Mrs. O must have good bread for the juices. With this we'll have a green salad, or a white bean salad made with canned cannellini following the same process as the tomatoes, only with finely-chopped celery and maybe some onion added. We can have that for supper any night or every night. Need more protein? Have some boiled eggs, too. Or cold deli chicken.

                            1. I make hummus and serve it with a Mediterranean 'cole slaw' (shredded red cabbage, grated carrot, diced roma tomatoes, chopped red onion, chopped black olives, capers, finely ch. mint in olive oil/balsamic vinegar/lemon juice).
                              There's also salad Nicoise, and cold sandwiches and chilled soups (vichysoisse, gazpacho, etc.
                              Consider bruschettas- ch. tomatoes, basil, garlic, on olive oil-brushed toasts, with or without slices of GOOD mozzarella and/or anchovies.
                              I try to think of tapa-style eating: light bites with little or no cooking.