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Old 07-04-2011, 07:40 AM   #1
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Hot weather, no a/c

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Judging from what I see, I'm probably not the only person making dinner in a hot kitchen.

My hints: Near East brand couscous and taboule. Both can be made quickly and be either a side dish or full meal (add beans and/or chopped meat).

When you first wake in the morning, cook. Then refridgerate for a cool dish for supper.

Nuke. Can't say enough for it. You can microwave something 'til it is almost done, then finish with a few minutes of heat.

Anyone else?

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Old 07-04-2011, 07:48 AM   #2
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I have a/c but don't like to run it, and even when I do it doesn't cool the kitchen anyway.

This is a great time for all those extra dinners, rices and veggies to come out of the freezer. Take them out and put a dinner's worth in the fridge the night before, then just nuke at dinnertime.

I've not been cooking much lately, but have eaten very well.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:54 AM   #3
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Do as much cooking as possible on an outdoor grill.

Set up a kitchen in your basement.

Make lots of salads from local in-season vegetables.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:58 AM   #4
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I also have A/C and do not use it.

I only have a week or two when the humidity gets bad and then it is so hot it really does not matter if the oven is on or not.

I keep plenty of ice and legal beverages on hand.

Cook in the early morning.

Use the microwave.

Keep a couple of cold scoopable salads in the icebox.

Summer goes by so quickly that I try to enjoy it, the winter gets longer each year.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:59 AM   #5
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Ha! In the basement? Yes it is cool. But I'm 5'9" and the cellar is more like 5'4". I have bruises on my forehead to prove it!
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:09 AM   #6
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Ha! In the basement? Yes it is cool. But I'm 5'9" and the cellar is more like 5'4". I have bruises on my forehead to prove it!
Many of us get shorter as we get older
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:18 AM   #7
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Here at the farm, I only have A/C in the bedroom. I cook outside--the cellar is exactly that, a cellar (the house is over 150 years' old). I have a 2-burner hotplate and take the wok/electric skillet/electric griddle out to the sawmill shed and cook there when it is really hot. And BBQ, of course. At one of the houses in the city (where my DH spends most of his time), there is also only A/C in the bedroom. He set up a summer kitchen (complete with a 4-burner stove and working oven) in one of the outbuildings.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:10 PM   #8
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i have a.c. and i do use it. i also have ceiling fans in each room. the sun room is the one that is hard to cool. it has six windows for the sunshine to heat it up. i have two fans, ceiling. also a fan on a stand. some of the air gets there, making it bearable. only problem, is to get it that way using the air, makes the living and dining almost cold. don't know why.

bottom line, i will be comfortable in my house, no matter the cost. i try not to turn air on till i absolutely have to. then i turn it off late in afternoon. keep everything shut up and the house holds the cool.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:43 PM   #9
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This thread made me think of this old quote. I am not sure where it came from originally but, it has been said many times many ways.

Everything evens up in the end. ‥The rich man has his ice in the summer and the poor man gets his in the winter.
[a 1957 L. I. Wilder First Four Years (1971) ii.]

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Old 07-04-2011, 04:46 PM   #10
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We don't have a/c . Around here we've learned to tolerate the heat. It's just a short few hours. It's usually cold and windy here. Open up the windows in the late afternoon. That's a/c enough for my tastes.

I'll cook on the patio several dinners and salads in advance. Keep cool things around for sammiches.

Tonight by the time the fireworks display start up I'll be sitting by the fire pit bundled up freezing to death!
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