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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  • by Kris Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    Hey Heather, Try adding some fresh pre-cooked shrimp to the gazpacho. Its a shrimp cocktail in a soup bowl.
  • by Heather King Location: WITN on Jun 10, 2008 at 03:20 AM
    I have another idea: tacos. I made them last night. I only had to turn on the stovetop for about 10 minutes to cook the beef, and the shells toasted in the oven in only five minutes. The lettuce and tomoatoes made for refreshing toppings, and the kitchen stayed cool!
  • by David Location: Washington on Jun 9, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    Tried the recipe last night. It was delicious!

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