Heatless Cooking for Hot Days

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I used to be so excited to purchase my first full-size grill, however now that I’ve all of it cleaned up and parked within the yard, I’ve to confess that it feels too scorching to babysit a grill outdoors. I’m positive I’ll change my thoughts quickly, however not this weekend! I’m planning meals round recipes that require little to no warmth in any respect.

First up: Julia Moskin’s gazpacho, a dish that’s price revisiting each summer time. Because you don’t warmth any a part of it, it’s price taking additional care with each step to get a brilliant silky, completely drinkable texture. This might imply processing the combo of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and garlic in batches, in case your blender tends to get overwhelmed, and it positively means pushing the combination by means of a sieve earlier than popping it within the fridge for at the least six hours.

Whereas some gazpacho recipes have bread within the combine, this one doesn’t, which I consider as a plus. It gained’t really feel repetitive to have it with some bread on the desk or with one other massive, juicy dish that options bread, like Naz Deravian’s dooymaaj salad.

Her recipe reinterprets the Iranian snack as a salad of crisp lavash, walnuts and feta in a easy buttermilk dressing with loads of herbs. Collectively, I feel these two dishes make for a dreamy, cooling, weekend lunch — an ideal antidote to scorching grills turning out scorching meals.

One other dish I’m actually craving this week requires boiling a giant pot of water. However pay attention, that’s the extent of the warmth, and it’ll be greater than price it for a superb Ligurian dish of pasta, green beans and potatoes from Nancy Harmon Jenkins, the place all the nice and cozy greens and noodles are tossed collectively in a shimmering, aromatic pesto that’s stuffed with recent basil leaves, olive oil, Parmesan and pine nuts. Just a little extra olive oil and cheese on the desk, some very chilly wine, and I couldn’t be happier.

And when you’re in search of a candy factor, Melissa Clark’s no-bake lemon custards, often known as possets, are a surprise. They set right into a comfortable, puddinglike texture with none eggs or starch. As a substitute, lemon juice does all of the work.

Thanks for studying The Veggie, and see you subsequent week!


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