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Beat the Heat: Dinner ideas that keep the kitchen cool

With temperatures projected to climb toward triple digits this afternoon, turning on an oven or stove-top at dinnertime sounds less than appetizing. The Town Crier's local food columnists have provided inspiration from our archive for alternate dinner options this week, either uncooked or thrown on the grill:

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This mainstay of many Middle Eastern restaurants is surprisingly easy to make. Although breadcrumbs are not used with kofta traditionally, they can make leaner grass-fed, free-range meats more tender. The sprightly blend of fresh parsley and onions is a nice aromatic counterpoint to the hearty meat.

Making fish or chicken tacos on the grill? Enjoying fresh melon wrapped in prosciutto or looking for a wine to go with humus and falafels? Vermentino will be everything you want it to be alongside these foods, and many other hot-weather suppers.
The key to perfectly roasted or grilled eggplant is to let the vegetable “sweat” it out, and I don’t mean with aerobic activity. This process not only removes any bitterness from the seeds, but also tenderizes the flesh at the same time. Taking this step also ensures that the eggplant absorbs less oil during cooking. 

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If you’ve never eaten a zucchini's flower before, don’t hold back – the simplest preparations require nothing more than tearing a few flowers to shreds and dropping them, raw, over a salad or soup.

Barbecuing salmon is a great way to prepare heart-healthy fish while still enjoying the smoky taste of grilled food.

And if the heat (or your exhaustion) continues through Friday, consider:

With large indoor and outdoor spaces, Devil’s Canyon is a popular event space for parties, musical performances and fundraising events. It is only open to the general public on Fridays starting at 4 p.m., but the Friday gatherings are packed with families, and leashed dogs are welcome inside and outside the brewery building as well.

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