Saturday, July 18, 2009

Summer Days

Summer's full upon us, and Carrie and I have been busy traveling and enjoying all the summer activities we can! So, when we're busy (and hot), what do we eat?

It's easy to cave into convenience and eating out when you're on the road, playing in the pool all day, and so forth. But there is no easier season than summer to eat fresh, local produce with minimal effort. A reminder of some classics that keep you cool, take minimal effort, and celebrate the season:

  • BLT (add some fresh basil!)
  • Watermelon (can be anything from a snack to a dessert)*
  • Peaches (sliced with some cream--an amazing dessert)
  • Grilled food (meat/seafood, veggies, corn on the cob,--even peaches and pizza crust can be grilled!)
  • Pasta with quick sauces and summer veggies (tomatoes, zucchini, etc.)
  • Cold salads (pasta, lettuce, chicken, tuna, tomato-basil-cucumber--there are lots of summer salads)
  • Cold meats (ham and chicken are both good cold)
*In our family, eating watermelon is serious business. Here's how we ate it growing up: my dad would quarter a smallish watermelon. Then, each of us would get a quarter 'melon on a plate, a fork and knife, and a large napkin. Mmmmm.... that's a lot of melon and it makes a great end to a simple meal. Of course, it's best cold.

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