Eating through the dog days

It’s hot here, well…hot for Oregon (yes, yes, I know it’s WAY hotter where you are…) Sticky and muggy are a combination that drives me away from the kitchen, my family, clothes…anything that generates heat.

In weather like this, I turn to cold cuts, anti-pasti, and light sandwiches for dinner, accompanied by several gallons of iced tea and the occasional wheat-soda. Here are three favorite recipes (and websites) I’ve found to help beat the heat, while still enjoying some great food…

Watermelon and Goat Cheese Bites
Site: Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence

“When coming up with my recipe inspiration I thought of foods that didn’t need the use of an oven or stove and that were cool and refreshing. These Watermelon and Goat Cheese Bites were just the thing! Refreshing watermelon cubes are topped with a fresh mint leaf and creamy chilled goat cheese for a bite sized appetizer that’s so easy to put together and perfect to bring to any summer get together.”

Read the rest of the post and get this recipe, here.

Melon con Prosciutto Ousteau de Beaumaniere
Site: Lindaraxa

“The first time I had a glass of Muscat de Beaumes de Venise was at Ousteau de Beaumaniere. Most people spend the night at l’ousteau after a glorious dinner at the restaurant. I got to spend a week. I was in the middle of a very difficult assignment, driving a client through France, staying at the best hotels, eating at the best restaurants and getting paid for it. On or about the fourth day of my stay, I couldn’t entertain the idea of another superb lunch or dinner, so I ordered melon with prosciutto as a light snack.”

Read the rest of the post and get this recipe, here.

Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta
Site: Life’s Ambrosia

“I have never really been a fan of August. The weather gets a little too hot. It marks the end of summer and means that the days of sunshine are going to become fewer and fewer here in Seattle. However one thing that is great about August, besides my mom’s birthday, is the beautiful glorious tomatoes that reach their peak this month. They are sweet, tender, juicy and pair perfectly with sweet basil and creamy mozzarella.”

Read the rest of the post and get this recipe, here.

So, there you go…there’s what gets me through the days (and nights) when the world is my sauna.

What are some of YOUR favorite dishes during the dog days?

-Chef Perry

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