Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pinterest Meal: Light Summer Fare

I was recently talking to a co-worker about how I cook differently in the summer than I do in the winter.  The main difference is that I don't use the oven.  If it takes an oven, that means it's heavy comfort food (ie lasagna) and not something I'd want to be eating on a hot summer day.  She looked at me like I was from another planet.  I grew up that way.  We ate certain things depending on the time of year.  Now that the AC is on, I won't use the oven to cook meals.  Summer meals consistent of cold salads, tacos, and stovetop meals that are general lighter fare.  Desserts are of the chilled kind or just plain ol' ice cream.   Was my family the only family that changed their meal habits due to the weather?  Growing up in the Midwest, our summers are excruciatingly humid, so we're hot all the time and the AC doesn't detect humidity, so who wants to be turning on a hot oven to eat lasagna when it's 100 out with a heat index close to 120?  I know I don't.  Plus, it does heat up your house causing the AC to work even harder.  

I do know others who grew up around me who do cook that way, but was wondering what others do in other parts of the country.  Do you cook differently for summer vs. winter? 

Here are some new summer recipes I want to try this year from my Pinterest boards:

Watermelon Lemonade Margarita

Chicken Almond Salad
Seven Layer Ice Cream Pie

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