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Guest Post: Three Summertime Kitchen Lifesavers from Delightful Repast

16 August 2017


Guest Post: Three Summertime Kitchen Lifesavers from Delightful Repast

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I’m a fan of Jean at DelightfulRepast.com.  She produces a cooking site that even a non-chef type like myself can read and understand.  Here are her tips for those who can’t stand the heat of the kitchen at this hottest time of year.

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Summertime … and the livin’ is NOT easy! If you’re zapped by this hot weather like I am, you want to keep the kitchen as cool as possible and get in and out quickly.  The three countertop appliances I rely on for summer meals are the toaster oven, slow cooker and contact grill.

Toaster Oven

My Cuisinart TOB-260N1 convection toaster oven easily handles a 13×9-inch metal pan, though not my 13×9-inch baking dishes with handles. The oven is perfect for cakes, cupcakes, pies, hors d’oeuvres, pizza and casseroles. This Chile Relleno Casserole  is a summertime toaster-oven favorite.  [JG: I love my Cuisinart convection/toaster/steam oven, too, and it was a gift from the company!]

Contact Grill

A contact grill, such as the Cuisinart Griddler, makes quick work of burgers, steaks and chops, cooking both sides at once. Weeknight Pork Chops are easy enough to do even after a long workday.

Slow Cooker

Of course, the slow cooker is a must for soups, stews and braises. But I use my Cuisinart MSC-600 Multicooker for everything from Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake to Irish Brown Soda Bread

 

I’m convinced a cook with the right assortment of countertop appliances doesn’t even need a stove!

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As a freelance writer, Jean has written for many magazines and newspapers as well as the web. She started the popular blog DelightfulRepast.com in 2010 to share her favorite comfort foods. Though Jean is an omnivore, recipes developed in the Delightful Repast “test kitchen” include gluten-free, nondairy, vegan and vegetarian as well as dishes that reflect her heritage (English and Southern) and eclectic tastes. Needless to say, her kitchen is the heart of her home.

 

All photos provided by DelightfulRepast.com.

 

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