It’s August and time for refreshing iced drinks, cold salads, poolside fun, and air conditioning. It’s also time for our hard-working ovens to take a vacation. All the recipes mentioned in this article will utilize the stovetop or barbecue when cooking is required. With this in mind, we will try to keep the food simple, fun, and not too fancy.
Elizabeth Heiskell welcomes you with Southern hospitality and dishes from the Delta region in her third cookbook, “Come On Over!” Many of Elizabeth’s recipes feature seafood, like Butter-Poached Shrimp with Tomatoes and Basil over Angel Hair Pasta, Crabmeat Maison, Seaside Shrimp, and Smoked Tuna Dip. Cold Salads to try might be Shaved Carrot and Walnut, Mediterranean Chopped, and BLTA salad. Garden cucumbers can be used in Chicken and Ranch Wraps, Bread and Butter Pickles, and Cold Cucumber Dip. Other Southern-inspired specialties are Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho, Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Burgers, Fireside Dip, and Summer Beer.
If you watch HGTV’s show “The Kitchen,” then you will be acquainted with the authors of these next two cookbooks. First, Jeff Mauro also invites you to “Come On Over” and sample some of the 111 recipes offered in his inaugural cookbook. If you are in the mood for snack foods and nibbles, then do try a handful or three of Pancetta and Parm Popcorn, The Most Addictive Sweet and Salty Nut Snack, Crispy Plantain Chips, and Smoked BBQ Cheddar Crackers. It will be worth firing up the grill for Takeout-Style Chinese Spare Ribs, Smoked Cauliflower “Butt,” Reverse-Seared Rib Eyes, Roasted Mexican Street Corn Salad, and Grilled Pineapple Guacamole. Sandwiches can be a quick and simple summertime meal. Jeff’s recommendations include Jalapeno Pepper Grilled Cheese, Juiciest Turkey Burgers Ever, The Sloppy Lo, and Mauro’s Muffuletta.
Finally, Katie Lee Beigel keeps it simple with her latest book, “It’s Not Complicated.” Katie begins by offering a selection of cool cocktails like a Lillet Fizz poured over frozen grapes, Mango Mexican Mule, Amalfi Spritz, Cosmo Americano, and Iced Peach Bourbon Lemonade. Lemon Caper Deviled Eggs, Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates, Fig and Pepita Goat Cheese Log plus Tomato Bruschetta would pair nicely with the above drinks. Pasta can also serve as a light summertime meal like Spaghetti with Clams, Lemon Pasta, and Spaghetti with Zucchini. For something cold and sweet, Katie has a No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Bonbons, Chocolate Pudding, and fresh Strawberry Ice Cream.
For more summertime recipes, check out “How to Grill Vegetables” by Steve Raichlen, “Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ” by Rodney Scott, “Everyday Barbecue” by Myron Mixon, “Good Housekeeping Super Salads” by Good Housekeeping, “Food52 Mighty Salads” by Amanda Hesser, and “Ice Pop Joy” by Anni Daulter.