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Cool Recipes for Hot Days

I was totally going to make a batch of Cinnamon Crisps yesterday so that I could share the recipe with you, but I spent the whole day yesterday helping my friend declutter, and so I didn’t do any baking. In fact, I didn’t even cook dinner…we spent $10 on pizza from Little Caesar’s (a planning fail on my part meant that our chicken was not thawed by the time I got home!). I had lots of fun helping my friend, though, and we got rid of two entire recycling bins worth of papers. Yay!

I also totally meant to bake a loaf of basic white bread. Why? I’m dying to do a price comparison of store-bought bread to homemade bread, both because I’m curious and because people ask me about that all the time.

So, those will be the next two Wednesday Baking topics, and I swear I will get myself together enough by next week to actually do a Wednesday Baking post on a Wednesday.


Today’s topic is sort of baking related, though….a reader commented recently that it was just TOO hot to bake right now, so I thought I’d put together a list of all the summer-weather-friendly recipes here on my blog.

The names of the recipes are links to the actual recipes, and I think I have it worked out so that you can simply click on each picture to be taken to the recipe as well.

By far, my most popular no-bake recipe is my Ice Cream Crunch Cake (actually, it’s the most popular post on my entire blog, which cracks me up!)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares are a yummy, no-bake bar that remind me of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Chocolate Cereal Snacks-more chocolate-peanut butter goodness!

Chocolate Parfait Bars -these do require 10 minutes of baking for the crust, but that’s all!

Homemade English Muffins -these are baked on a griddle, so no oven is required.

Zucchini Salad-a great way to use up garden veggies and basil.

Tropical Island Chicken-It’s grilled, so the heat stays outside!

Grilled Pizza-A yummy and cool alternative to pizzas that require 450 degree oven temps.

Cilantro Chicken Pasta Salad-Have some extra cilantro that you need to save? Give this a try.

Mandarin Chicken Salad-Super easy to make, and tastes like the Mandarin Chicken Salad you can buy at Wendy’s (I know, it’s fast food. But that salad is tasty!).

Before I go, could I just say that I can’t believe there’s less than a month before September arrives? Soup season will be here before we know it.

So, go eat some salads and some no-bake desserts before it’s too late!

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Tuesday 17th of August 2010

[...] of which use Kellogg’s cereal, oddly enough!), or Peanut Butter Bars (all these are in my Cool Recipes for Hot Days post) and I could have only one kid in the kitchen at a time.  That might help to ensure my [...]


Thursday 5th of August 2010

Just made the Asian Salad Dressing for the Mandarin Chicken Salad tonight (ok--it's going to be Mandarin Pork Salad for my husband who is allergic to Chicken). The dressing is great! I've been making all our Salad dressings this year as he also has a soy allergy; it's wonderful to have another recipe.

Elizabeth B

Wednesday 4th of August 2010

Mmmmmm, Ice Cream Crunch Cake. *Evernotes* (Hmm. Did I just invent a verb? Nah, probably not... I'm sure someone got there long before me, this being English and all. ;))

Thanks for the recipes, Kristen! (And for all you do, too.)


Wednesday 4th of August 2010

Thank you for including zucchini salad in your post - I just pulled the first zucchini from the vine yesterday! (and I'm also trying to cut down on sugar - although the desserts look fabulous.)


Wednesday 4th of August 2010

I actually baked today -- homemade oreos. Just posted the recipe/photo too. First time all summer I've baked goodies. I was a "yes mom" today because my 14 year old asked for them.

I've enjoyed the no cook/bake season but I love soup and am looking forward to being able to make at least one batch per week. I went out for lunch yesterday and ordered soup & salad.

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