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Review by Debbie Mazo


When it comes to summer cooking, most people prefer not to spend hours stirring dishes over a hot stove. Quick and easy meals are a favorite throughout the year, but can come in real handy during the dog days of summer. Stop by for dozens of meal suggestions that can be prepared with a minimum of effort, after you breeze through the aisles of your supermarket.

Developed by culinary professionals with over 50 years experience in the kitchen, the recipes at offer a variety of complete menus that can be prepared and served in just twenty minutes. At this sister site of, you'll also find timely tips, quick and healthy recipes, and selections from the home kitchens of some of the top chefs of the country.

Minutemeals.comFor fans of summer who rather surf than stir, a few seasonal tips will speed up activities in your kitchen. If you want to make it faster, try pointers like peeling garlic quickly by snipping the pointy end off of individual cloves and microwaving them for 10 to 15 seconds. Make peeling and chopping tasks easier by dropping items like tomatoes and peaches in boiling water for 20 seconds, then into a bowl of ice water. The skins will then slip right off.

The recipes at are guaranteed to heat up the appetite of any summer lover. Explore categories like Quick and Healthy, Salads and Soups, and Holiday Recipes. For a healthy meal guaranteed to please any fast food fan, try the Crispy Oven-Fried Flounder with Tomato Vinaigrette coated with a cornmeal batter and served in a well-seasoned vinaigrette. Prepare a light meal by tossing up a Greek salad full of the flavor of Greece including kalamata olives, feta cheese, and hearts of Romaine lettuce. All recipes at include a menu game plan, shopping and pantry lists, preparation tips, and nutritional information.

If you've ever wanted a sneak peak into the kitchen of a celebrity chef, shows you how some of the great chefs eat at home when they're in a hurry. Bring their expertise into your own kitchen by sampling celebrity favorites that feature fresh summer ingredients. You can also sign up for the site's free newsletter, full of hints and selections for hassle-free, home-cooked dishes that will add a wholesome touch all year-long.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2001, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.


    June 2001



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