I’m Jianne Carlo and I’ll be your host for this HOT— yeah, I’m being snarky—contest. If you have any questions, drop me an email (, or leave a comment below. Let’s hit the contest ground running!

Summer’s hot and the kitchen’s hotter, so the Nice Girls are looking for great recipes to cool us (and YOU!) down this summer. Our contest runs from AUGUST 4TH – 17TH. We’re posting daily featured recipes on the blog from each of our Nice Girls, but we want you to participate.


Post your own cool-down recipes in the comment section of the featured post. The recipe can be for a drink, an appetizer, an entrée, or a yummy dessert. Each recipe you post enters you to win our GRAND PRIZE OF A $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD at the end of our contest. More recipes = more entries.


At the end of our contest, FOUR lucky readers will be chosen by the Nice Girls for second place prizes, one in each food category. So make your recipes delightful, readers, because we get to vote on the ones we like best. The recipe in each category with the most votes wins a $15.00 AMAZON GIFT CARD prize!

Now for today’s Featured Recipe: Peppermint Syrup from Nice Girl A. Catherine Noon


  • 6 c loosely packed fresh peppermint leaves
  • honey or sugar (see directions, below, for quantity)


  • Cover the peppermint leaves with water (just put enough water to cover them) using a non-metal saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes, being careful not to let them boil heavily.
  • Strain for 1 hour through layers of cheesecloth. Discard peppermint leaves (they’re great for your compost).
  • Add 1 cup of sugar or honey for each cup of liquid.
  • Return to saucepan and simmer for 15 more minutes, until sweetener dissolves.


  • Use in tea. Add a tablespoon of syrup to a mug, pour boiling water.
  • Use over vanilla or chocolate ice cream as a dessert.
  • Use as a topping for chocolate cake.


Readers, don’t forget to post your favorite recipes in the comments section, now through AUGUST 17TH, for a chance to win our Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon gift card or one of Four $15.00 AMAZON GIFT CARD Prizes! Winners will be announced August 21st!


A. Catherine Noon

The Nice Girls Writing Naughty


8 responses to “RECIPES TO COOL A BLISTERING HEAT CONTEST – A. Catherine Noon!

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  2. Marinated Tomato & Cucumber Salad
    2 cups sliced tomatoes
    1 sliced cucumber
    1/2 cup sliced red onion
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
    1 tsp dried oregano

    Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. Marinate & chill for at least an hour before serving.

  3. Here’s a quickie dessert to top off today’s delish salad and fab drink!

    Kahlua Dip
    8 oz of cream cheese (you can use low fat if you want)
    8 oz of whipped cream (in container)
    1 shot of Kahlua (or more!)
    Semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Take cream cheese out of the fridge and allow it to soften, then mix with whipped cream, Kahlua, and chocolate chips.
    Enjoy the dip with graham crackers!

    Prep Time
    10 minutes
    Cook Time
    5 minutes
    Total Time
    15 minutes
    2 servings


    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
    1 Roma tomato, diced
    3/4 cup canned corn kernels, drained
    3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
    1/4 cup diced red onion
    1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup Ranch dressing
    1/4 cup BBQ sauce
    1/4 cup tortilla chips strips


    Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.

    Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.

    To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with chicken, tomato, corn, beans, onion and cheeses. Pour Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
    Serve immediately, topped with tortilla strips.

    I usually warm up the corn, & sometimes leave the onion & beans out lol. It depends on my mood. 😉

    I had gotten this salad at a restaurant before & I was in heaven,… & then I went back to the place another time & they didn’t have it anymore!! I was just so disappointed that day lol. So I found a recipe online & made it myself. =)

    So here is my last one to share with you all for now! I hope you’ll give it a try. =)

    Hope you all have an awesome sunday!! I must go to bed now cuz it’s almost 4am & I have to get up for church in 4 hrs lol.

    Take care,
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

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