what are you doing to keep your cool?

DSCF0468Here in Eugene, we’re facing day after day of increasingly hot weather.  It’s 102 degrees right now, and very few houses have A/C.  Cooking inside is out of the question; moving?  Not so good either.

I discovered that fresh corn tortillas (warmed in the toaster oven) with tomatillo salsa, queso fresco, cilantro, and cold salmon and grilled jalapeños from yesterday’s grill make a perfect supper. I have a big jug of Korean roasted barley tea in the fridge for thirst-quenching.

Is anyone even interested in eating this week?  Any ideas for cool, refreshing meals, snacks or drinks?

8 thoughts on “what are you doing to keep your cool?

  1. Jeff 27 July 2009 / 6:41 pm

    I’m here in Eugene too. I went down to LA for the weekend and lounged around in 80 degree weather, only to come back today to 100+! Without the benefit of AC, I’m beating the heat with Chardonnay and ice water. Sip for sip. Distraction and hydration at once!

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  2. Mike 27 July 2009 / 7:30 pm

    Today: Iced somen noodles with bottled soup base.
    Tomorrow: Leave town and head to the coast.

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  3. Amy 27 July 2009 / 8:56 pm

    italian ice for us!

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  4. TheBon 27 July 2009 / 9:10 pm

    We butterflied and grilled a whole chicken and have been eating pitas full of cold chicken, yogurt cheese feta and lots of cold, crisp vegetables. Lots and lots of water and many fans to try and keep the house cooler than the outside.

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  5. Eugenia 28 July 2009 / 10:45 am

    Oh, these ideas all sound so good…

    I’m all about the watermelon and cold fried chicken today. And maybe another trip to the lake we fled to last night!

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  6. sharon 1 August 2009 / 9:03 am

    I made some pasta with a food processor sauce of roasted red pepper, garlic, and sour cream.

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  7. CE 2 August 2009 / 4:51 pm

    If you don’t like the taste of water (or you’re just plain looking for a different flavor) try adding lemon and lime slices and mint to a pitcher of ice water!

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  8. Jennifer 3 August 2009 / 5:46 pm

    we have really enjoyed cold cucumber soup during our little heat wave!

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