summer classics

August 8, 2010


The dog days of summer are certainly here in Minneapolis. Steamy, humid, shorter days that have that hazy feeling to them. My apartment is a complete sauna 24/7 after soaking up the heat for three months and my desire to cook is at an all-time low. Just for you guys though, I’m going to brave the kitchen once I hit publish…

Juan feels it too:


Jamal must be hiding under the sofa.

I’m relying on cool, easy ideas to get me through these steamy days and I thought you might appreciate some of them too!

Here are some of my highlights from this summer. They are all either no-cook or minimum heat required recipes. Enjoy!

> smashed peas with mint bruschetta:


> edamame and chickpea salad:


> watermelon and feta salad with mint:


> lemon grain salad with asparagus, almonds and goat cheese:


> gordon ramsey’s gazpacho:


> moroccan chickpea couscous salad:


Which one of these do you think would be your favourite?
As of this second, pea and mint bruschetta sounds amazing..it was SO dang good.

What are your favourite things to eat when it’s blazing hot outside?
Not going to lie, today is definitely an ice cream day…

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Erica August 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I really want to try your edamame and chickpea salad! Looks amazing with the egg. Favorite summer meals involve salads and tons of fruit :)

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 9, 2010 at 6:47 am

Anything with chick peas definitely has my heart.

It IS hot these days! Our house can't stay cool! I love heat though so I'm good. I also love cool foods and don't want to start baking something when it's like this out there.

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Cara August 9, 2010 at 8:30 am

I made a smashed pea & mint puree too and I agree, dang good. But that chickpea & edamame salad also sounds wonderful and I love that you served it with an egg!

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Holly August 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

i want that edamame and chickpea salad with that glorious poached egg. so purty.

hope you had a fab weekend kickin' it – let's catch up this week! andddd good news, i won't be in MN this weekend, but i will be there last weekend in august. PLEASE tell me you will be around. state fair anyone?

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elise August 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

gorgeous pics. that edamame/chickpea salad is on my mind now…mmmm

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Angharad August 10, 2010 at 11:08 am

You are all women after my own heart! The edamame and chickpea thingy was glorious AND the easiest by a long stretch. Hooray! Plus I have everything to make it tonight (score!)

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