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Top Recipes for the Week of July 24, 2011

As I watch the mercury dance between 99 and 110, I swear I can hear Sly and the Family Stone crooning in the background, “Hot Fun in the Summertime”. While it’s just another day at the sauna that is Phoenix, the heat wave that’s been roasting the nation with unrelenting pressure is leaving all of us longing for cooler climes. This week we celebrate the recipes that are effortlessly chill - aside from boiling a little water to blanch string beans, poach chicken or simmer a bit of pasta, your oven is not invited to the party. Better still, the fruits of your labor will feature bright flavors with the veritable stars of the summer produce line up, to include the perfection that is the heirloom tomato. I can’t promise that any of this will help the thermostat inch down a bit, but at least these refreshing bites will keep you feeling light and cool.
Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Apples
Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Apples
Tradition be damned - it’s the tart crunch of apple, fresh tarragon and spicy dijon mustard that enliven this made-over classic chicken salad. Serve this chicken salad atop crusty raisin bread with butter lettuce and juicy tomatoes for a killer treat. Or if you have a group of friends that you’d like to laud over, grab a few rolls and make chicken salad sliders. But be warned, these’ll go as quick as you can dish them out, they’re just that good.
String Bean and Heirloom Tomato Salad
String Bean and Heirloom Tomato Salad
This salad is an ode to texture - lacey frisée, salty ricotta salata and crunchy almonds take simple string beans and tomatoes to a place of glory. My favorite salads of the summertime are the ones that are elegantly dressed with bright vinaigrettes and a bit of sea salt and cracked pepper. With produce that hints at its freshness through color and flavor, you don’t need to mess with perfection too much. Just toss, dish, dine and swoon.
Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Pasta Salad
Picnic, anyone? Screw the mayo-laden potato salad and cole slaw roasting under the sweltering sun. You want something unfussy and colorful - a real showstopper on the lineup of macaroni salad and ambrosia. Starting with ordinary tricolore pasta cuts, you take things from boring to soaring with crisp veggies and a luscious lemon vinagrette. Top with a good goat’s milk feta and salty olives to earn yourself the superlative, “Most Likely to Kick Potluck Boredom in the Teeth”

Website of the Week

Go Cook Yourself
Go Cook Yourself Rob Goodswen is legit in his kitchen aptitude - no effing around which, as you darlings know, is right up my alley. I found his site “Go Cook Yourself” on Tumblr shortly after launching my site and quickly flipped over the goodness. Straight-forward culinary creations with a heavy dose of snark and wit and none of the BS flourishes that way other recipes down. Check out his handiwork at

Kitchen Soundtrack

5th Dimension "Stoned Soul Picnic"
“Can you surrrry? Can you picnic?” Maybe it’s the relentless summer sun bearing down on me that’s got me feeling a need to ease into everything with a laid back kinda vibe. Grab a bottle of wine, plate up some of the picnic goodness featured above and mellow out like it’s nobody’s business. Listen now.
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