Jean Allsopp

Take a break from a hot kitchen with no-cook seafood.

If all you want to do this summer is chill out, then heating upyour stove to make dinner isn't going to help. To keep thesweltering temperatures outside, consider no-cook seafood dishes.The bonus? Quick and easy preparation.

For a variation, substitute leftover seafood. Salmon or scallopsare good types to try in these dishes. When cooking and freezingfish and shellfish for later use, remember these tips.

• Start with quality. Freezing never improves marginallyfresh foods.

• Cook seafood thoroughly before storing in yourrefrigerator or freezer. You'll be adding it directly to the otheringredients, so it needs to be done―but don't get carriedaway. Overcooked fish will fall apart when thawed, and shellfishwill feel rubbery.

• Chill quickly. Rinse shrimp and crab with cool waterafter cooking, then top with ice. If desired, peel and devein theshrimp and dress the crab. Drain well, then freeze in heavy-dutyzip-top bags. Air causes freezer burn, so press the bag to removeair pockets, or use a vacuum sealer.

• Thaw seafood overnight in the refrigerator for bestresults. If short on time, place it in a bowl of cool water forabout 30 minutes.

Beat the heat when cooking for friends by choosing recipes thatfeature limited stove time or precooked ingredients. Try ourdelicious suggestions below and keep kitchen time quick andcool.

Appetizers
CaribbeanGuacamole
CoolCaviar Dip
IcedAlmonds
Oysterswith Mignonette Ice
Crab-and-ShrimpGazpacho

Soups
Coolas a Cucumber Soup with Shrimp
ChilledRoasted Pepper-Mango Soup
ColdAvocado Soup

Beverages
Cocktails
Cran-RaspberrySpritzer
PatioDaddy-O Planter's Punch
SauvignonBlanc Peach Sangria
UltimateRum Punch
WatermelonDaiquiri Slush

Non-Alcoholic
WatermelonAqua
HibiscusTea Punch
SailboatLemonade
BerryRefresher

Salads
SummerSalad
ChilledLobster and Asparagus with Shallot-Tarragon Vinaigrette
GrilledShrimp-Watermelon Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing
IcedScallop Salad

Main
BarbecuedShrimp
ChilledCracked Dungeness Crab with Sea Salt Butter and GingerMayonnaise
GrilledLobster Kabobs
VeggieWraps

Dessert
BabyPineapples Filled with Pineapple Sherbet
CoffeeCan Ice Cream
FrozenStrawberry Shortcake
ChilledGeorgia Peach Soup with Raspberry Cream

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