Well we certainly have been surviving some major heat this summer.

Well we certainly have been surviving some major heat this summer. We’ve had more 90 degree days this summer than I can remember in quite a while. Since we have been doing our best to be energy concious, I have been learning some tricks in the kitchen to help keep the heat down. It can really get toasty in there if you are using the ovens and the stove all at the same time. Of course the best way is to cook outside. It is really pretty simple to not only cook your protien on the grill, but your vegies and potatoes are delicious cooked on the grill as well. Keep a good supply of heavy duty aluminum foil around and use it as cooking vessels for your potatoes and vegetables. Look at it as a disposable pan. Makes clean up a snap as well. Try just slicing some fingerling potatoes in half and place them on a large sheet of heavy duty foil. Drizzle some olive oil on them with some chopped rosemary, garlic, and kosher salt. Close the foil up and put it on the grill. In about 40 minutes you will have some great potatoes. Vegetables can be done right on the grate. Brush with olive oil. Then season with salt and pepper. Grill them until they are soft and delicious. When cooking inside, I strongly recommend you learn to use your lids on your pans frequently. Especially for boiling water. So when you make pasta or rice, bring the water to a boil with the lid on first. Keep a closer eye on it than usual so the pot doesn’t boil over. Once it comes to a boil you can often keep it boiling on just low heat if you keep the cover on. Don’t try the cover when searing meat though. The steam keeps the process from giving the correct browning. Once your noodles, or anything else you are boiling or blanching is done. Pour the hot water down the sink right away to get that heat out of the kitchen. It is a good time of the year to explore your microwave a little more as well. They don’t generate the heat ovens do. If you are going to slow cook on your stove or the oven, consider cooking it late in the evening before you go to bed. Most slow cooked foods are better the next day anyway. This gives the kitchen a chance to cool off before you have to go in there. I really don’t mind hot summers. In January they make nice memories. But it sure helps if you practice a little kitchen heat management. Take Care, Prep