Posted 6/23/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)
yeah I understand the heat...lived most of my life in Phoenix...without ac for many of those childhood years (just a small swamp cooler).

One thing that helps, and I couldn't bear to do it without is the slow cooker a/k/a crock pot. You can get them for 15-45 dollars at your local Target, K-mart, Wall mart, heck, even Big Lots may carry some models, oh and the ubiquitous dollar stores. You can use some of your same recipes, but adjust to slow pot usage. Or you can try their recipes, there are like millions of cookbooks just devoted to the slow cooker (I saw at least 10 on my last trip to Costco). I've created many good meals with this device and it does not heat my whole house. LOVE this peice of equipment.

I use this almost exclusively, don't go near the stove, nor the dreaded oven during this time of the year (for the next 3-4 months...this is our winter....you don't go outside, most money used to keep house to temp...but still love my heat compared to one day of cold (which is below 70 degrees)...I am a true desert rat born in July.

Oh and for the record, we are cooling down at sunset (8:30 pm and a cool 97 degrees outside). We will cool off this week to highs under 110.

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