What to Make for Dinner?


For the last three days of this heat wave, I’ve been at the beach. Make that in the ocean at the beach. But now that I’m back, I’m already fretting about what to do for dinner when it’s so hot even my airconditioner is wheezing.

My tomatoes are already coming in, and I’ve got cucumbers and peppers in the garden, so I’m thinking about gazpacho. Or I could do a salad with an egg on top. Or I might steal Peter X. Kelly’s idea from a dish I had at Restaurant X on Saturday: Thai Shrimp over Watermelon. He slices the watermelon thin and then sprinkles toasted cumin seed over it, and serves it with grilled shrimp with Thai flavors. If I do a version, I’ll want to avoid cooking, so I’d get some pre-cooked shrimp at the grocery and then toss it with some sriracha (that chili-garlic sauce with the rooster on it), olive oil and a little brown sugar.

What are you doing to avoid heating up the kitchen?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Hi Liz,

    I’ve also been craving gazpacho, but I’ve been too wilty for all that chopping. When I stopped at Whole Foods Market on the way home from work the other day, I picked up a container of gazpacho mix.

    All of the ingredients were nice chopped in a handy plastic tub. There was even a separate little container for the olive oil and spices. All I had to do was add 12 ounces of tomato juice and stir. I used V8. It was spicy and delicious, and best of all, no work!

  2. I’ve never seen that, but it’s definitely part of a bigger trend: making meal prep easier. Bagged salad, chopped vegetables, rotisserie chicken, etc. etc.

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