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We have been having a long heat wave here in NY, and I can’t quite bring myself to heat up the kitchen again until it breaks. I’m thinking about some no-cook or quick-cooking meals, and of course, the first thing I think of is salad. I love a beautiful caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and basil. Mozzarella gives it a little substance, so you’re not left hungry.

Of course, gazpacho is a staple of no-cook menus, and I loved this one with watermelon. The shrimp skewers are optional, but if you would like to get outside and grill, go ahead. This would also make an excellent summer lunch with the caprese.

I’ve made this capellini with tomatoes and basil several times since I posted it. It’s light and refreshing, and best of all, it’s done basically in the time it takes to boil water.

If I really start wanting some protein, I might make this ginger glazed salmon. It takes a little longer to cook, but I can do the glaze in a wider pan cut the cooking time down to 15 minutes. Having people over? This looks elegant but it’s so quick.

I still have a little of this blueberry frozen yogurt left in the freezer, and I think I’m going to have to finish it up this weekend. Nothing is better to cool down than some frozen treats.

Unless it’s white wine sangria. This is staple at my apartment all summer. Actually, all year round but in the summer it’s extra perfect.

And if I make it outside to grill this weekend? I think it’s going to be lamb burgers as a change from regular burgers. The cool yogurt and mint sauce helps in the heat too.

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I don’t make spicy food that often, but I was craving some spicy grilled shrimp the other night. I had also picked up some fresh corn from the farmers market, but I didn’t want to do boring old corn on the cob. I usually do an Italian spin on corn salad or even a cheesy version, but I thought with the spicy shrimp, this Spanish/Mexican version would work well. It was really DELICIOUS.

Chili Rubbed Shrimp

1 pound cleaned shrimp

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon spanish pimenton (can be left out)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cayenne chili powder

1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix all the spices together and dredge the shrimp in them to coat. Add the olive oil and stir. Marinate for an hour. Put on a hot grill or grill pan and flip after 3 minutes or until they start to curl up. 1 minute on the other side and they are done.

The corn can be made ahead of time and mixed together at room temperature.

Grilled Corn with Manchego and Lime

3 ears of corn in the husk

1 cup manchego, grated

2 limes, zested and juiced

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon chives, chopped

Grill the corn for 15-20 minutes, or you can roast them at 425 degrees. Let the corn cool and then remove from the cobs. You can throw the cobs out or reserve them for another use.

Saute the corn in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and red pepper flakes. Add the butter and remove from the heat once it’s melted.

Add remaining olive oil, lime zest and juice, honey, and chives. Let cool and add manchego.

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I do the grilled veggies alone all the time, and they’re great that way with just a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. But sometimes I just want something a little different. So I looked in the fridge to see what I had, and this sauce was the product of leftover tomatoes and pineapple. For a last minute sauce, it’s not bad….although maybe it would be better on some grilled fish?? Obviously you can substitute any vegetables you want, maybe onions or peppers or summer squash.

Grilled Vegetables with Spicy Tomato Pineapple Sauce

1 zucchini, sliced into 1/2 inch slices or strips

1 eggplant, sliced the same

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup chopped or sliced pineapple

1/4 cup cherry tomatoes

hot sauce to taste

salt and pepper to taste

Coat the sliced vegetables in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill on a grill pan or on a grill for a couple minutes on each side until they are cooked through. Grill the pineapple for a few minutes each side until there are grill marks but not so long that it gets cooked. Combine in a blender with the tomatoes and some salt and pepper and blend. Drizzle the sauce over the vegetables.

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