What to Make When it’s too Hot to Cook

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I  have been on a quest to not let my house heat up with the late afternoon sun. That, can make it harder to cook dinner. But I have found several dishes that require no heat to cook and have managed to keep the house cool.

This salad, has become a new staple. First, I have a huge mint plant. If you don’t grow it here, you should. It is a perennial, so it will come back year after year, and it takes very little maintenance. It also used one of my new favorite things: whipped feta. And finally, watermelon is in season.

This salad is light and refreshing and has been a huge hit around the house the couple of times I have already made it. Try it next time you want to keep your house cool.

Another easy trick? Buy pre-made cookies, like these from Persephone, and make ice cream sandwiches for dessert. I made this cherry ice cream but you can short cut that step if you choose.

Watermelon Mint Salad with Whipped Feta

Ingredients

  • Whipped feta (recipe below)
  • Watermelon, seeded and cubed
  • mint leaves
  • lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • pistachios, chopped

Instructions

  • Add 8 ounces of feta to a food processor along with the juice of half a lemon, a bit of salt and pepper and enough half and half to make the feta smooth when you turn on the motor and blend it (1/4 a cup or less).
  • Spread the feta out along the bottom of a plate.
  • In a bowl, add the watermelon. Sprinkle with a generous amount of mint leaves. Add the juice of 1 lemon (or less depending upon your proportions) and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and lightly toss.
  • Add the watermelon mixture to the plate, on top of the feta. Top with pistachio.
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