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A Slow Cooker in Summer

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A winter convenience, or a summer necessity?

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During the heat wave that gripped the East Coast this week, I barely wanted to eat, much less cook. Even grilling is painful when it’s this hot; when the temperature’s already in the triple digits, who wants to go near a 500-degree fire? But there are husbands to be fed and food threatening to go bad…

So that’s why Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan’s post on The Kitchn about breaking out her slow cooker during scorching heat was like a drink of cool water. I usually retire my slow cooker to the deepest recesses of my cabinets when winter ends, but it makes perfect sense for the hottest days of the year: it’s hands-off, it doesn’t heat up your kitchen. True, most of the things I’d make in it are better suited to January than July, but Sara Kate’s Heatwave Carnitas may just be enough to bring back my appetite. So now that I’ve got the slow cooker out, any other ideas for summer-appropriate dishes?

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