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
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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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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