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Old 07-20-2011, 07:40 AM   #1
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It's going to be beastly hot all over the country today. I've decided that I'm going out to buy a rotisserie chicken for dinner tonight. Don't know what I will do with it but I know I am not going to cook, just assemble. What are your favorite ways to avoid the heat of the stove? Recipies please.

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Old 07-20-2011, 07:50 AM   #2
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Tomorrow it is supposed to be 37C, (that's around 98), with the humidex, it will feel as if it is 48C. In all the years I've lived here, I do not recall a forecasted temp to be 37. It has been beastly hot all week. I installed the portable A/C--boy am I glad I did. It has helped a LOT.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:12 AM   #3
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What are your favorite ways to avoid the heat of the stove?
The combination of summer heat and humidity makes cooking inside miserable and costly with air conditioning costs.

I like to use the grill as my oven. It's easy when you set it up for indirect cooking and add a remote temp gauge to it.

I use a "Oregon Scientific" remote BBQ temp gauge. You stick the probe into the item cooking and set the transmitter to the side of the BBQ. The inside unit will show you the temp and also give you an alarm when set-point-minus 10 degrees is reached. It can be set to Degrees F or C.

To use your grill as an oven, you first have to put a ring of some sort below the cooking area where the coals are. The ring needs to go all the way up to the cooking grate where the food is. I use a 6 inch tin ring. It makes the heat from the coals go up the sides of the grill instead of hitting the cooking area directly. By adjusting your vents on the sides and lid, you can maintain a steady heat by adding just a few new briquettes every 30-60 minutes. When adding them, space them around the ring.

This keeps the heat out of the house and also gives the food a great smokey flavor. Serious Yum on the Yum Meter!
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:11 AM   #4
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Grill cooking is the way to be when the summer heat hits. I use the slow cooker in the summer, too. I just hook it up in the garage and let 'er rip.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:09 AM   #5
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Usually bbq and salads. I sometimes use the fryer outside with an extension chord. Like tonight I may make some fries with the bbq I am making.

Oh yeah, and lots of beer and lemonade....
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Grilling, salads, or fresh veg ( tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash), and cheeses.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:34 PM   #7
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popcorn. hot pockets. frozen tv dinners. (any other microwave cliche's that I can name) I might throw up thinking about a hot pocket.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:58 PM   #8
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Grill cooking is the way to be when the summer heat hits. I use the slow cooker in the summer, too. I just hook it up in the garage and let 'er rip.
Gee I never thought of putting the crock pot in the garage, of course until the last couple of weeks we didn't have a garage. Now we have a garage and a basement so maybe when we finally get moved in I'll try the crock pot in the basement for those really hot days. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:03 PM   #9
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I like just having a large bowl of fresh fruit salad and V Ice Cream when it's hot or Gazpacho, Rotisserie Chicken wrapped in tortillas with crisp salad and sour cream, a cheese platter with melba toast and preserves, Baguette sandwiches with cold cuts, salad and preserves and pickles etc. Or I just order in :)
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Ambrosia


Ingredients

1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin orange segments
1 firm large banana, sliced
1-1/2 cups seedless grapes
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup pecan halves or coarsely chapped nuts (Optional)
1 cup sour cream OR plain yogurt
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Method

1. Drain pineapple and orange segments (or use fresh instead of canned)

2. In large bowl, combine pineapple, orange segments, banana, grapes, marshmallows, coconut and nuts.

3. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream and brown sugar.

4. Stir sour cream mix into fruit mixture.

5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
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