Wouldn't you know it? Upon returning from a dreamy Alaskan cruise, my husband and I were met by my daughter, whose first words were, "Now don't freak out, but there has been a flood in your kitchen."
I didn't freak out -- until we came face to face with my beautiful redone kitchen that I had painstakingly designed down to the intricate backsplash.
Since it's summer and really hot, I took "the glass is half full" attitude and decided that I would come up with clever ways to make it through construction with only a little sink, blender and microwave. I think you'll appreciate this cool avocado soup and the smoked salmon pinwheels along with some other simple ideas that you can enjoy with or without a working kitchen. Let's face it, it's hot and humid out there, so turn off the oven and grill, and try a few of these ideas when the very idea of cooking is just too much for you.
Chilled avocado soup with tomato salsa (see below)
Prosciutto and sliced melon:
-- Wrap prosciutto slices around ripe melon slices.
-- Scoop melon balls and wrap prosciutto around them; skewer the melon with fresh small mozzarella balls and serve on a platter.
-- Make a salad of assorted melon slices, torn pieces of prosciutto and sliced avocados; squeeze some fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of herbs and black pepper.
Store-bought Gravlax or smoked salmon with mustard sauce, assorted pumpernickel or favorite rolls:
-- Serve the salmon pieces on cucumber rounds
-- Make Pinwheel Sandwiches (see below)
Sliced summer tomatoes with basil leaves, olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar:
-- Intersperse sliced mozzarella or burrata between the tomato slices and drizzle with pesto vinaigrette (combine pesto with favorite vinaigrette)
-- Make a relish of diced watermelon and feta cheese, and scatter on top of the sliced tomatoes
-- Serve chilled cut up chicken with assorted mustards
-- Chop up the chicken and add toasted walnuts or almonds, small grapes, and curried mayonnaise or yogurt dressing
-- Use chopped or shredded chicken in a crisp Romaine salad with slices of jicama, raw corn kernels, shaved parmesan cheese and sweet cherry tomatoes, herb vinaigrette
SERIOUSLY SIMPLE: When there's no kitchen, go for no-cook summer dishes
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