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Old 07-23-2006, 05:33 PM   #1
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Managing the heat

OK, I live in a place where we only occasionally get sweltering hot weather. This week we have been in the mid to high 30's (round 100F) and there is not a chance that I will turn on the oven or stove in this heat. So...having said that, I realize many of you live in climates where it is this hot or hotter most of the time. (Holy cow!) So, what do you cook? Do you all have AC? How do you manage in the heat?

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Old 07-23-2006, 05:35 PM   #2
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When it is that hot then the grill or takeout is your friend. Also cold dishes like salads and things like gaspacho are perfect.

We are actually in the process of having central air installed. The a/c part is done. We are just waiting for the electrician to finish the job. We have been spending a lot of time in our pool.
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Old 07-23-2006, 05:38 PM   #3
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you simply have to eat light..

First, I find myself with much less of an appetite when it gets that hot. As a matter of fact, it's been in the mid to upper ninties this week here in northern NJ.
But, in the event that you simply have to cook something, try doing it all in one pan. This way, you generate less heat, and only have one thing to wash, using less hot water.
I'm very fond of salads with a grilled piece of chicken, beef or fish over it.

Also, if you can, try cooking in the morning, when it's cooler, and then reheating in the microwave later in the evening.

Good luck..and try to remember this when we're all freezing in January.
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Old 07-23-2006, 05:42 PM   #4
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We have Central Air so I still use my oven several times a week.

You could break out your slow cooker and come up with some new recipes or bring out beloved old ones. That way your not heating up the house and you don't have to endure going out in the heat either.
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Old 07-23-2006, 06:09 PM   #5
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I was born and raised in San Diego, very near the Pacific Ocean, and we never had air conditioning, rarely needed it. Then I went to college in Los Angeles and ended up living in the San Fernando Valley for 29 years. You had better believe we had A/C! Summer always included at least a couple of weeks of temps between 105 and 110, and it was nearly 100 every other day between June and November. But mornings and evenings were pleasant, and as we always said, it's a dry heat, so we adjusted. We did use the stove and the oven year round, and the BBQ grill got quite a workout in the summer.

Two years ago we moved to Hermosa Beach, a tiny town on the ocean about 7 miles south of LAX. We're about 500 yards from the beach, and we haven't needed A/C so far -- but this week we would have liked to have had it. It's been hot (90+) and muggy (60%+). Not that bad, and it's rarely like this, so it would be hard to justify A/C due to the cost -- almost no one here has it, not even the multi-million-dollar mansions on the water.

But we don't learn our lessons too easily -- we're heading BACK to the San Fernando Valley to have dinner with friends at their home in Woodland Hills, where it was 119 yesterday! Oy, vey! I hope we don't have a blackout.
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Old 07-23-2006, 06:11 PM   #6
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We have been eating light here this week. I just can't imagine having to live like this all the time. You would simply have to have AC or you would melt I think. I hadn't thought about a slow cooker. That might be a good idea. Thanks!

I have two weeks in the kitchen {relieving the cook for his holiday) starting July 31st. I am praying that we will get a break in the weather so I don't have to be baking in that heat!
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Old 07-23-2006, 06:47 PM   #7
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We have been making some salads and cold soups.
And lots of cold beer ;)
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Also, if you can, try cooking in the morning, when it's cooler, and then reheating in the microwave later in the evening.
That's what I've been doing for the last couple of weeks. I've never lived in a house w/o AC and I still don't want to turn the stove on.
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Old 07-23-2006, 07:03 PM   #9
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Hi Alix ~ I live about 30 minutes east of San Francisco and, boy, do the temps differ. For the last week, we have had unusually hot weather - over 100F and as high as 111F while San Francisco is in the 60s or low 70s!! I do not have A/C -- the heat usually comes in for a few days and then we are cooled by the bay breezes from San Francisco, but not this year. We have broken records dating back 30 years ago! So ... when I heard the heatwave was coming, I baked lots of chicken (thighs, breasts, drumsticks) and froze them. I also have a lot of zucchini from the garden and made soup (delicious cold) and frittata for the freezer. Meals consist of lettuce salads with chicken, tomatoes, avocados, onion, etc., cool pieces of fritatta and fruit salad or cool zucchini soup with a chicken or deli sandwich. Like someone mentioned above, if you have to cook, do so early in the morning or late at night. Also, I tend to cook more than I need (stews, couscous, pasta, etc.) and put the extra in the freezer. Boy, does it come in handy for these hot days!!! Good luck and let's hope this heat spell breaks soon!!!!!!
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Old 07-23-2006, 07:13 PM   #10
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We have lots of 90's in the summer so must have a/c. We don't usually get to 100 but we do get close at times. I buy rotisserie chicken more in the summer time because we can use it for several things - mostly cold and we do eat more salads and fruit with cheese - lots of iced tea and water. I also use the GF grill, the small one if a couple of burgers, or the larger one if steak or chicken, or panini. At least your high temps don't last all summer. Be thankful for that. If ours hit over 100, I suppose we would live in the pool a bit. We had friends who put 300# of ice in their pool the 4th of July and Labor day when the water got too hot. We haven't had to do that since adding water to what the sun is drawing out keeps a good temp so far. I bought a misting system at Lowe's last week and will put that on the deck. The water from the well comes out at about 65 degrees so that will cool things off a bit. I think the mist comes out at about 4 gallons per hour.
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