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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Too Hot to Cook - Stay Cool with These Tips and Recipes

Frugal Upstate shares some great tips for beating the heat in the kitchen in the summer.

It's not officially summer, but I'm predicting this one will be sweltering. At the end of a hot, sweaty day, there's nothing I hate more than having to stand over a hot stove. So, I'm always on the lookout for tips and recipes that will keep me and my kitchen cool.

Anything you can do to minimize the amount of heat that goes into the air as a consequence of your cooking in the summer is a good thing. It reduces your electric bill or makes your home more comfortable...

Another way is to cook outside. The grill can be used not only for hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken and steaks, but also for grilled veggies and even pizza! Many propane grills today even have a single burner added on the side. This can be used to cook anything that you would cook on your range inside

But the grill isn’t the only way to cook “outside”. Remember, the main point is not to add heat to your living spaces-that can be done by plugging your crockpot, rice-cooker, toaster oven, or breadmaker in out in the garage, or even with an extension cord run to the back porch or deck.

I've got a few tips of my own for cooking cool in the summer, including recipes for some of our family's favorite meals.

Lots of folks must be getting into the mindset that the oven needs to stay off for a while. Andrea at Mommy Snacks shares a delicious no-bake dessert recipe for Angel Lush on her blog. (I've made this before, and it's rich yet refreshing. Very tea party and baby shower appropriate.) Good Housekeeping has developed a whole diet for when it's too hot to cook.

I'm on the search for more recipes I don't have to cook. As I find them, I'll be sharing them here. Please post your best stay-cool meals and recipes in the comments section.

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