1. We used to live in an un-airconditioned house (and this is in Tennessee, with summer temps in the 90s many days). I could not stand to cook until maybe 9 p.m. if then. And I so agree with you about the seasonal eating thing. I love eating certain things at only certain times of year, like the tomato, cucumber, and onion salad I had yesterday.

  2. Ok, I laughed so hard at your first line because that is TOTALLY the song I sing in my kitchen when I am cooking dinner! (and always, ALWAYS, my husband will sing the falsetto part if he is home almost like it’s a trigger reaction) (I’m not sure he even knows he does it!) I live in Texas and my house is from the 1940s. If I wanted to die from sweating, I’d turn my oven on and make a pot roast. Seriously. So, oodles and oodles of thanks for more recipes that will feed my family and keep me from melting into a puddle!

  3. Great recipe ideas, thanks! I was just talking with my mother-in-law last night about cooking with the seasons, not in spite of them. We only have A/C in our upstairs bedrooms, so the idea of making an elaborate hot dinner in July is about as appealing as me crawling into the oven to keep the lasagna company.

  4. YES! The oven is my friend in the winter, but turning it on during the summer is not my fave.
    Thanks for such a good collection of recipes that prevent that added heat-wave!

  5. Yes to the problems of not eating seasonally! We have an old house and just have two floor units (one on each of the upper floors) so my kitchen is 85-87 degrees all summer long. I do not want to have the oven on (or even the stovetop) for that matter! I use the toaster oven, or the panini maker like a George Foreman grill, or if I have to, I’ll fire up the gas grill, but honestly, walking in and out of the kitchen in 100 degree heat to tend the grill is not my favorite thing. Thanks for the great meal ideas!

    I’ve also been making spinach and strawberry salad with a homemade poppyseed dressing and crispy gardein to top it off (I’m allergic to chicken, so real chicken would work just as well). So delicious.

    I also have a fake chicken and peach salsa with kale topping taco recipe that we eat when peaches come into season. A few more weeks, I think.

  6. My kitchen runs so hot in the summer that I have to turn off the lights as well as the stove! I’m with you on grilled peaches – one of my top favorite things for summer. Jamie Oliver has a great arugula salad with grilled peaches, yum!

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