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Wednesday Food: What to Eat When It’s Hotter Than Sin

Avoid the oven, let your slow cooker accrue dust, eliminate proteins and cheese– anything that has the effect of “sitting” in your stomach– and your options become limited.  The heat is even too oppressive to fire up the grill.  Add the desire for something cold and your choices range from salad to popsicles.

When I needed more nourishment than Alexander the Grape and Little Orphan Orange could provide, and had enough of the habitual side salads I make, these green beans with sauce verte were praiseworthy.  I recommend poaching the vegetables in wine and waiting a day to eat everything, but the recipe is pretty solid as is.

To help you forget why you moved to a place with consistently disgusting summers, drink a tulip (or two) of Hennepin from Ommegang.  It’s widely available, a touch stronger at 7.7% abv, and built for hot days.  Decent spice, gentle hops, green apple, and a whisp of Belgian funk– suddenly you’re one of Breugel’s harvesters.

Consume these things on your patio under a shady tree today, and call it your very own Fête de la Fédération.


July 14, 2010 - Posted by | Wednesday Food


  1. yesterday i couldn’t sleep until perhaps 3-4 am, b/c of it was hot in the room w/o ac which is allowed in only one room for some reason and the fan just blows the hot air
    so i sat in the buddha position, first counting, then decided to drink a beer, Sam Adams light it’s called, very bitter to my beer non-drinking palate
    so it helped with some internet browsing, to fall asleep
    i recalled my coworker she drinks always wine before going to sleep she told me, so must be that’s how people gradually get addicted, very understandable when to try like on myself

    Comment by read | July 14, 2010

  2. the sitting meditative position is the most useful during insomnia in the heat b/c there is that, minimal contact with any surfaces to reflect or accumulate one’s own heat, i forgot to add, but all the monks must be knew that

    Comment by read | July 14, 2010

  3. Ommegang’s Zuur (flemish brown) is unfortunately not that great.

    Comment by ben | July 14, 2010

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