When it’s too darn hot to grill outdoors, try smoke-roasting your dinner on an aromatic cedar plank à la Houston’s Moose Cafe (1340 West Gray). Chef Valerie Rovira briefly cooks plump, well-herbed shrimp on the plank, then serves them with a garlic-spiked scampi sauce, crisp spears of asparagus, and scalloped tarragon potatoes. True, the method requires firing up your oven, but only for about forty minutes—and the cooking plank makes for a nifty presentation.

Try this recipe for Moose Cafe’s Cedar-Plank Shrimp from Chef Valerie Rovira, Moose Cafe, 1340 West Gray, Houston.