tonight I made pasties in a 9x13 pan, with crust on top and bottom, but, started everything raw. We are just waiting for it to come out of the oven. I really like the way my grandma made them, nothing against how you made them alix. :)
I, too, have an un-air-conditioned kitchen. All suggestions are good, and most take to my favorite cooking method in the dog days ... that is I tend to wake early, and when I do, I cook something that can be re-heated in the microwave oven later in the day. Just about every long-cooking dish can be done that way (stew type meals).