Cool Recipes for Hot Summer Nights

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

We don’t know about where you live, but here in Georgia the heat in August can be down right sweltering!  The sun shines down and the humidity is simply off the charts.  It’s all you can do to try and stay cool, and air conditioning becomes your best friend. 

In heat like that the last thing we want to do in the Test Kitchen is cook up a hot meal or really eat anything hot at all.  For some reason we just aren’t as hungry in this heat and it seems the only food we can stand eating is something cool.  So, if you share these same feelings about eating hot food when it is too hot out to stand it, try one of these “cool” menus for those hot summer nights.

Breezy Brunch
Crustless Spinach Quiche
Gazpacho
Ceaser Salad with Parmesan Crisps

Picnic Perfection
Chicken Salad Sliders
Garden Pasta Salad
Broccoli and Red Cabbage Slaw

Cool and Full of Flavor
Nutty Orange Chicken Salad
Marinated Vegetable Salad
Roasted Potato Salad with Blue cheese Dressing

Takeout at Home
Lime Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Easy Peanut Spiced Slaw
Fried Beef Dumplings

As important as air-conditioning in August, we just love ice cream or any frozen dessert.  So much so, that sometimes we may just skip a meal all together and have dessert for dinner.  Heck, in August we will try any recipe with the word frozen in it!  So treat your family and cool off after dinner with one of Paula’s best frozen desserts!

Cool Desserts
Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Dessert
Key Lime Ice Cream Pie
Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie
Frozen Banana Split

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
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I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm