This creamy and cold Sevillian soup hits the spot on a hot summer’s day. Emulsifying tomatoes with garden vegetables and olive oil produces a smooth, airy texture that’s unlike the grainy gazpachos you usually find in the United States. This cold cucumber soup is also lovely.
If you haven’t made Vietnamese summer rolls before, you really should. They’re fun! They’re versatile! They’re delicious! Rice paper wrappers are rigid when you buy them, but submerge them in a bowl of warm water, and they soften into a pliable sheet that you can wrap around any number of fillings. This recipe calls for cooked lobster meat, which you can buy at a fish market, but feel free to experiment with any cooked meats, vegetables, herbs and even fruit.
O.K., so technically speaking, the chicken is cooked in this truly fix-it-and-forget-it taco recipe, but the important point is that you’re not the one cooking it over a hot stove. Slow cookers and pressure cookers can be your salvation in the summer months. They don’t emit the same amount of heat as an oven or stove, and they can help you get a home-cooked meal on the table when you’ve had your fill of cold salads and sandwiches. (Here’s the pressure cooker version.)