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Cool Carolina Cuisine

Posted August 6, 2007

Have you seen the five day forecast?  I cannot recall a hotter string of days in North Carolina.

The question today is: How do you eat and still beat the heat?  What recipes do you use to avoid heating the house and making the steamy situation worse.

Our family will be eating lots of salads this week. Chicken salad, tuna salad and crab meat salad. I will also probably break out some pimento cheese made with sharp cheddar and paste in some fresh celery grooves.  How about some cucumbers on ice and vinegar?

What about you? How do you cope with this brutal heat and still stay nourished?


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  • Shagger Aug 7, 2007

    Tomato sandwiches for mom and dad; cold cuts or ceral for the kids, and always cold watermelon.

  • Zelda Aug 6, 2007

    I'm with blackdog -- cooking on the grill is the only cooking that's gonna happen this week. Fish is a favorite around here. Otherwise, we eat out of the fridge -- fresh produce, fruit, yogurt, cheeses -- things that require little preparation.

  • packandcanesfan Aug 6, 2007

    Thanks Bill for sharing the crab salad recipe. Now I am starving. :)

    Ice cream is good when it is 20 below.. IMHO. :)

  • no more - no less Aug 6, 2007

    Tomato sandwiches and chilled watermelon.

  • jgirl5830 Aug 6, 2007

    I have a quick and simple recipe

    smoked cheese like gouda, tomato, any cold cut you like I like to use salami, arugula or baby spinach.

    put everthing in a croissant and grill it in a pan making sure to press down on it. The chees gets all gooey and the croissant gives it a nice buttery flavor, yum!! it takes all of 5 min. to make this, just seve some cold pickles on the side and you're done

  • 2thebeach Aug 6, 2007

    Tomato sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches and Bogue Sound watermelon will do for us tonight. And, maybe all week!

  • WildBullMoose Aug 6, 2007

    Tapenade (chooped olive salad) and salami sandwiches.

  • WildBullMoose Aug 6, 2007

    Refrigerator pickles - slice an English cucumber thin - equal parts vinegar and sugar. Add some pepper and or celery seed. Refrigerate for a few hours.

    Consume with equal parts watermelon and homemade strawberry and/or peach ice cream.

  • katiefl327 Aug 6, 2007

    Cold Chinese Chicken Salad! Use the already prepared chicken slices from Tyson, so you don't heat the kitchen (or just microwave some chicken breasts and cut into chunks). Chop some iceburg lettuce, a few green onions, and toss chicken into it. Dressing: 4T vinegar, 4T sugar, 1/4 cup oil or more, 1 T soy sauce, shake well and add crushed black pepper. Toss everything together and top with lots of sliced almonds (toasted is good) , and chinese noodles! Yummy!

  • missparrothead Aug 6, 2007

    Frittatas are always a good option. I just found a recipe for a summer squash frittata in a recent Southern Living magazine. I made a big pot of homemade spaghetti sauce in my crock pot yesterday, as I wanted to put some in my freezer for future meals. Tonight are pan fried ham steaks, boiled potatoes in the microwave. Don't want to turn on the oven!




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