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The Ramblings Of A Fledgling Cook

Summer Screams... 
Jun. 1, 2014 11:22 am 
Updated: Jun. 2, 2014 6:35 pm

Ice Cream? Fruit Salad? Lemonade? All of the above and then some, if Summer means hot days and cool treats. A new season is quickly approaching and with that, so is the heat!

I live in the South. It gets down right miserable here some days. With that being noted, I'll never claim to be a good planner when it comes to food, especially right around the time the temperatures start to change...

"103 degrees outside? Perfect, I'll make a piping hot pot of stew for dinner!"
(Not the best idea and it makes for a miserable afternoon, too.)

In my 26 years here I've gotten quite accustomed to the heat, HOWEVER, there are some days when...

On these unfortunate days, I want to try something new to cool us down. I mean - we have the beach, a pool, OK, OK, I may not make it past the back porch, but regardless, we need something to keep us out there (if only for a little bit.)

So whether you're from the South or not, give me your best 'beat the heat' recipes. Drinks, salads, meals worthy dishes, desserts - whatever works for you.

One of my personal favorites is below to get the ball started. Don't be shy (and please don't melt!)

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream
Nothing like ice cream & caffeine to get you going!
(Lovely photo by AR Member House of Aqua - mine just doesn't do this deliciousness justice!)

Jun. 1, 2014 2:17 pm
This is my best "beat the heat" recipe. Enjoy! ......
Jun. 1, 2014 2:18 pm
This was such an enjoyable read. Loved the photos!
Jun. 1, 2014 2:51 pm
Hi! I live in South Carolina too, and I know what you mean. It's not pleasant for those of us who prefer the cold...but here's my recipe, I was attracted to it because it was so easy:
Jun. 1, 2014 4:28 pm
SHORECOOK, that looks delicious, thank you! And thanks for your kind words, I like to relay my messages with a few visuals :p
Jun. 1, 2014 4:29 pm
Geekchic99, nice to meet a fellow South Carolinian! During the Winter I'm so ready for the heat. But then during the Summer, I hate myself for it. Mini chocolate chip was my favorite ice cream as a child but I've yet to try it since getting an ice cream maker. Definitely going on the list, thanks!
Jun. 1, 2014 5:11 pm
i love the dawg melting picture! ga here. I got a shrimp and crab cold soup recipe under in my box. I guess it stinks because it has been in review for....ever... lmao! rock on gal southern summers are GREAT!!
Jun. 1, 2014 5:17 pm
What a great blog! Here are a couple I recommend for those summer days. and this one (forget the chips on this one just get a spoon)
Jun. 1, 2014 5:21 pm
Great blog! Love the pics! After this last long, cold winter I will NOT complain about the heat this summer! LOL That being said - my plan is that when it's too hot to cook we'll go out to eat and let someone else do the cooking!
Jun. 1, 2014 5:30 pm
gderr, I thought it was a very appropriate representation of some days! Love GA, cannot wait to go back again. Maybe no one else has unearthed that recipe yet ;)
Jun. 1, 2014 5:30 pm
Brian, thank you! Those sound awesome, I've always loved the spicy watermelon aspect. Haven't tried it but once but I'm game to try again :D
Jun. 1, 2014 5:31 pm
Thank you, Mother Ann! That sounds like a plan ;) I work from home, mostly nights, so I try to either prepare early on or suffer a bit, haha. Eating out doesn't sound bad on some of those nights, though!
Jun. 1, 2014 6:24 pm
I'm in the South too, and not only does the heat get to me, but the humidity is awful! This is a great cold drink - - - - -
Jun. 1, 2014 8:51 pm
We are in's a 'dry heat'! Imagine standing at the back end of a city bus and telling the driver to gun the gas--that is what it's like when you step outside! In our house we do a lot of fresh fruit drizzled in flavored vinegars and then chilled....sometimes served over ice cream. Let me know if you need some flavor combos!
Jun. 2, 2014 8:50 am
Nice blog. Love the photos! I have been known to marinate a whole bunch of chicken and grill it all. Then it is salads topped with grilled chicken, chicken wraps etc... Sometimes I make some mexican rice, stir some of that grilled chicken and make burritos. It really stinks when it is even too hot to grill! Pork butt in the slow cooker works ok but I soon get tired of pulled pork.
Jun. 2, 2014 6:34 pm
Thanks Paula, that would be a great drink for a summer night party (on the back porch :D )
Jun. 2, 2014 6:34 pm
ADF, that sounds so uncomfortable. I've never experienced dry heat before, it does not sound fun! Vinegar and ice cream, never thought of such a thing!
Jun. 2, 2014 6:35 pm
Baking Nana, that's a great idea. We looove grilling out here (its never too hot for the hubby to do so, thank goodness!) Never mixed it with mexican rice, love that idea. We eat a lot of pulled pork here throughout the year with bbq sauce, definitely need to mix it up!
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Hello! I'm Faith, a 26 year old work from home mom to two sons (7 & 4.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for 9½ years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
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Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "ups" category. We never went outside the box although I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients - I jump on the idea of anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
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Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
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My sweet potato pie & homemade biscuits.
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I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or Ramen. It had too much seasoning, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
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