As much as I love cooking, I am NOT excited about firing up the stove when it's pushing 90 degrees outside. Rare that it gets so hot in the bay area, especially this time of year, but what else makes sense these days?
@soundandsavor to the rescue tonight. He's the one taking the heat to turn out perfectly refreshing spread of Mediterranean fare.
The crowning jewel in this box of rubies is the white gazpacho. Anyone who's had Phil's gazpacho before knows what I'm taking about. Creamy blanched almonds blend with garlic and herbs to create a rich and yet broth that's downright drinkable. It's hard to believe that so much flavor comes from such simple ingredients.
A trio of salads keep things cool. Three beans lavished with basil and olive oil, mustard-spiked potatoes, and marinated cucumbers each bring their own style to the party, but know how to mingle and dance all together.
Holding down the fort with a hearty serving of greens and grains, the broccoli rabe with pine nuts and olives could turn everyone into a vegetable-lover, and the rice pilaf with dried fruit is a sweet, savory foundation for guaranteed satisfaction.
Cooling from the inside out. This sure beats my alternate plans of sitting in the fridge all night.