One step outside and the heat takes your breath away. The air is thick and the humidity lays on you like a wet blanket. Welcome to the dog days of summer. The struggle to stay cool is real. Not only do you not want to eat anything hot, but you also don't want to stand over a hot stove and cook. You take comfort in salads that can be assembled straight from the farmer's market, late summer tomatoes turned into batches of refreshing gazpacho, fresh fruit blended into cool creamy smoothies, and bits of this and that stuffed into a sandwich.
So put down those pots and pans because this week we are not cooking! That's right, we are officially on strike. This is a Special Edition of I Heart Cooking Clubs and we have issued a NO COOK Challenge!!
To make things as fun as possible we have opened this challenge up to include all of our past chefs, as well as our present chef, Curtis Stone. Feel free to make any recipe from any of the chefs listed below, but the one and only rule is that you cannot (under any circumstances) add heat!
Giada de Laurentiis
Make and post your *Special Edition* No Cook Challenge recipe by Sunday, August 21st and link a picture up below. Please remember to link a thumbnail image and please leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.
New to IHCC? Need help linking up or just a refresher on how to join in the fun and become a part of our community? Please check out our Welcome page. If you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.
If you missed out on our Monthly Featured Chef: Diana Henry last week, please click on the link to see all the delightful Diana Henry dishes that were shared!
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Curtis's Tomato Consomme with Cucumber and Watermelon Balls is a cold and refreshing delight of a soup. ;-)
It is a labheh with olives, pistachios and oregano, which can be made into a meal.
Nectarine and Raspberry Sundae
My new favorite sandwich!
Refreshing lemon iced tea!
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