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When It's Hot Stay out of the Kitchen

Updated on September 14, 2018
When it's hot...
When it's hot... | Source

It's hot outside and you're dripping with sweat. There's no way you want to go in the kitchen and cook. But, your family still needs to eat. So, what do you do? You become creative with your meals and make no-cook meals.

  • Make soups that don't need to be cooked and are served cold like cucumber soup or gazpacho soup.
  • Make a fruit salad for dinner, one that is filling and tempting. I included a fabulous recipe below that I found on Soupcon.com.
  • Have a sandwich and boiled egg dinner one or two night a week.
  • Make your self a super duper salad. Use your imagination, throw everything in it but the kitchen sink. I often use leftover meat in mine. Open up a small can of mandarin oranges and toss it in.

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How to keep your kitchen cool.

  • Use alternative cooking appliances

On those hot, sticky days, how about using an appliance other than your stove or oven. Instead try using your crockpot, toaster oven, electric fry pan, electric roaster, or any other appliance you happen to have hanging around. Not only will it keep the kitchen a little cooler, it will also cost you less in electricity.

  • Limit the time your oven is on

One of the ways to limit the time your oven is on is to place your dish in the oven as soon as you turn it on to preheat. I also turn the oven off just before the dish is finished cooking and leave it in the oven while it is still hot. This is the perfect time, for example, to meal cheese on top.

While you have the oven on, cook more than one dish. You can save them for another day and heat it up in the microwave. Not only do you cut down on the heat in the kitchen by not turning on the oven as often, but you also conserve energy. I like this because it cuts down a little on my energy bill.

While you are using your oven, try to limit the number of times you open the oven door. Not only does opening the door let heat escape into the kitchen but it also takes longer for you dish to cook.

  • Plan a picnic

Instead of heating up the oven cooking dinner, plan a cold dinner of sandwiches, chips, and cool drinks. Take a blanket and spread it underneath a shade tree in your yard and enjoy the breeze.

  • Grill your meal

Cook your main dish on the grill and serve it with salads. Not only will your kitchen stay cooler but your cleanup is a snap.

  • Close the kitchen door

I know what you're thinking. How am I going to keep the kitchen cooler by closing in the heat? That's the whole point. You are keeping the heat in the kitchen. For those days when you absolutely must cook, close the kitchen door. Don't let the heat of cooking escape into the rest of your home. You'll be glad you did.

  • Order take out

This is my favorite. Not only do you keep your kitchen cool, but you also don't have to spend any time in it. It's nice having a night off from planning and putting together a supper for your family.

Summer recipes
Summer recipes | Source

Scrumptious Shrimp and Avocado Wraps

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

4 oz. light cream cheese, softened

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

1 tbsp horseradish

1/2 tsp dried dill

1 tsp grated lemon peel

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp chili powder

6 tortillas

3 cups baby spinach leaf

1/2 cup slivered almonds

10 oz. cooked shrimp (peeled, deveined), chopped

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Mash the avocado in a bowl and add cream cheese stirring until well blended.

Stir in mayonnaise, horseradish, lemon peel, lemon juice, dill and chili powder.

Spread avocado mixture on tortillas leaving a small border along the edges.

Top with spinach, slivered almonds and chopped shrimp.

Roll tortillas and secure with a toothpick.

Refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving.

Makes 6 sandwiches.

Fruit Salad Supreme

Ingredients:

4 pineapples

1 pint fresh strawberries

1 melon (honeydew or cantaloupes)

White grapes

2 oranges, sectioned

1 grapefruit, sectioned

1 banana, sliced

1 apple, sliced

Fresh blueberries, optional

Directions:

Split pineapple lengthwise (keep top leaves intact. Scoop out pineapple, leaving shell intact). Cut 1/2 the strawberries into bite-size pieces, leaving the small ones whole. Cut some large strawberries into wedges to put into niches. Make melon balls or cut small apple-size wedges. Put fruits into pineapple boats. (Do not allow to stand, as it gets juicy). This needs to be fairly dry so dressing will show nicely. Have guests drizzle with the following fruit salad dressing as needed.

Fruit Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

1/3 cup honey

2 Tablespoons vinegar

1 Tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate

1 Tablespoon prepared mustard

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup salad oil

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Directions:

Combine honey, vinegar, orange juice concentrate, mustard and salt. Add oil slowly, beating thoroughly until well blended. Stir in nuts and poppy seeds. Put into pint jar with lid. Chill well before serving. Shake well before using.

Note: This fabulous recipe came from Soupcon.com. It is so delicious I just had to share it with you.

Order food out
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© 2013 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      AudreyHowitt, we're here in FL trying to keep cool.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Vellur, thanks. I make it a point to try to stay out of the kitchen when it's hot outside.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      So appropriate for today!! The fans are on and we are heading out!

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas to stay out of the kitchen. The fruit salad recipe is very refreshing. Thank you for sharing.

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      Lucy Jones 

      5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Anything that keeps me out of the kitchen - sounds good to me. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Gil Silva 

      5 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      Great recipes... Thanks :D

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      travel man1971, the beauty of it is the man can do the grilling. :)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice, the rice is a great idea. I can imagine all kinds of things to add to it.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eddy, thanks for adding me to your recipe collection. I look forward to many more also.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, I do agree. Summer time in the kitchen in not a time I look forward to.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, I like the salads with meat in them also. They seem to fill you up more and stay with you longer.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, I also like the texture they add.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      If it's for the family, you'll be obliged to make your cooking done. :) Can I have my order, KKG? LOL!!!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      During the summer months, I make rice and add to it. I can make a stir fry, or a potato soup, or even a quick omelet. The wraps and the fruit salad will break it up for me, too. Great suggestions.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kashmir56, thanks for sharing and reading.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Joe,

      How nice to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words. Aloha.

      Sue

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      heidithorne, I like salads and takeout. Sometimes I combine both.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant KK G and another to add to my ever growing recipe book. Enjoy your day and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So true about your suggestions, the kitchen in the summer is the hottest and not many would like to be near the stove for many hours.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree, when it's hot stay out of the kitchen...Your suggestions are spot on. I enjoy a salad with meat included. Thank you for more great recipes..

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      I like the idea of the chopped pecans and the poppy seeds in the fruit salad dressing you describe, KKGals. Adds an little class as well as an interesting taste. Thank you.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great recipes ideas for when it is hot !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I love the double entendre of the title, and I absolutely adore the way you've crafted this hub. You make it look easy when I know better. LOL! Thanks for the great information! Have a wonderful weekend!

      Joe

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 years ago from Chicago Area

      I don't need it to be hot to stay out of the kitchen. ;) However, I do prep salads for many evenings and definitely leave the cooking to the pros by doing carry out (or eating out). Good tips!

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