The hot summer temperatures have descended upon us not only here in the south, but all over the country! On Sunday we hit a record high of 107 degrees! Yesterday was much nicer at 95. When the temps hit these highs, cooking over a hot stove is just out of the question! Grilling outside is even worse.
The other day I asked my Facebook friends to give me their ideas of how they feed their families when it is just too hot to cook. I received lots of wonderful ideas that I will share over the next few days. Here are a few recipes to get you started! Most of these I have not tried, but they do come highly recommended!
The first one I discovered last week in the little USA Weekend paper that comes in our Sunday newspaper. It is an icy drink which sounds great! Here is the link to the recipe: http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20120622/FOOD04/306220004/Recipe-Watermelon-Lime-Mint-Granita While you are at the website, check out their other summer food ideas. The blueberry lemonade sounds amazing!
My friend Toni serves her family platter dinners when the temps are just too hot to cook. She fills large platters with deli meat slices, various cheeses, raw veggies with dips, olives, and other healthful goodies.
My friend Lori shared 3 recipes with me that she has made during these hot days. Here is her first one, Texas Caviar
1 lg. can diced tomatoes, drained
1 can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 can shoe peg corn, rinsed and drained
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
1-2 jalapenos, diced
1 sm. bottle Italian dressing
Mix all canned vegetables with onions and peppers. Add Italian dressing. Use salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce to taste. Refrigerate overnight. This recipe makes a lot and keeps a good while in the fridge. It also improves in taste over the course of several days. This is good served with specialty crackers or chips.
Check the blog over the next few days for other “Stay Cool” recipes!