It's Hot! So What's For Dinner?

The search is officially on for recipes that keep your kitchen cool.

It can be tough enough to figure out what's for dinner on a typical day.  When it's this hot, my goal becomes to find things that are cool to eat and cool to cook.  I try to avoid heating up the kitchen with a hot stove or oven, and grilling outdoors is sometimes too steamy in weather like this. 

I'm going to post my mother-in-law's recipe for Gazpacho.  It's pronounced guh-SPA-cho.  It's a basically a cold soup.  I've found it to be a great recipe for the summer.  Please help me (and the other bloggers) with your ideas for keeping the kitchen cool in the extreme heat. 



  • 1 cup finely chopped, peeled tomato
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove minced garlic (more if you like)
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper.

Combine all ingredients, using a stainless steel or glass container.  Chill for four hours before serving.  You may wish to serve the gazpacho with sour cream or corn chips.

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