Summer kitchens were built before the advent of central air conditioning, to segregate the kitchen's activities from the rest of the house during the heat of summer. Each of these vintage recipes harks back to those simpler days when summer's heat demanded cooler, crispier and often outdoor-cooked fare.
My gelatin ring gets a tropical twist from coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts. It's a wonderful anytime treat. Now that I'm retired from teaching, I have more time for kitchen experiments. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania