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The Cookstr Weekly: Ten Liquid Shortcuts to a Cooler Summer

August 11, 2014

When it’s too hot even to turn on the stove, and the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator leaves you dreading the thought of one more produce-laden pasta salad or stir fry, it’s time to break out the blender. Tangy, sweet, and fruit-heavy smoothies can do double-duty as breakfast and a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. And chilled soups that run the gamut from reimagined gazpacho to fruit and vegetable concoctions provide a refreshing break from a sandwich for lunch.

Of course, produce should find its way into grownup drinks as well. Turn on the blender, whip up a batch of something refreshing, and keep your cool all August long.

Warmest regards,
Kara Rota
Editorial Director

  by Louisa Shafia

It’s unusual to slot watermelon into a savory recipe, but think about the now-nearly-classic watermelon and feta salad. Watermelon and tomato share a high percentage of water and an in-season flavor intensity that make them a stellar pair in this inventive gazpacho. Toasted almonds give the soup body where stale bread is usually employed to do the same.

  More Drinkable Recipes from Cookstr

Raspberry-Banana Smoothie by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

Enzyme-Potent Papaya-Kombucha Smoothie by Deirdre Rawlins


 “These pastries are the blueprint for the classic Italian rum cake. As a child it wasn’t my favorite, but now I savor every morsel of the rum-soaked sponge cake, sandwiched with vanilla and chocolate pastry cream and puff pastry. Be sure to use a serrated knife in a sawing motion to cut these into squares.” 
– Maria Bruscino Sanchez
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