Saturday, June 19, 2010

Random Post: Ways of Summer

Some of us are still waiting for Summer to arrive in our state. I came across this list of fun things to do in the summertime. I have picked out my favorites, and hopefully whenever the sunshine decides to shine here I might just be able to enjoy one or two of these on this list:

  • Eating a ripe peach at its peak.
  • Dig into a funnel cake or corn dog at a state fair or hometown street festival.
  • Watermelon juice for a day at the beach: puree the fruit in a blender and don't forget the ice.
  • Make homemade barbecue sauce for grilled chicken or ribs.
  • Strawberry ice cream in a waffle cone is worth sticky fingers.
  • Sharing a box of saltwater taffy on the boardwalk.
  • Throw summery herbs like basil and cilantro into a dinner salad.
  • BLTs with heirloom tomoatoes and smoky, thick-cut bacon.
  • After picking blueberries and eating your fill, freeze the rest for pancakes.
  • Corn on the cob with salt, pepper, and fresh lime.
  • Cooking what you've bought at the farmer's market as soon as you get home.
  • Making jam.
  • Cracker Jacks and a foot-long hotdog at the ballpark.
  • A special occasion calls for a double-crusted jumble-berry pie with raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
  • Delicious potato salad: toss the spuds with dressing while they're still warm.
  • Sipping the perfect iced coffee.
  • Salads for dinner because it's too hot to cook.
  • Best tomato sandwich: thick slices of juicy beefsteaks, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper, on lightly toasted bread.
  • Any excuse for a pool party.
  • Stir pesto into softened butter and add to grilled vegetables, corn, or steak.
  • Nothing beats chips and salsa.
  • A big jug of iced tea with fresh spearmint.
  • Finding the perfect stick for roasting marshmallows.
  • Sitting in the pool eating watermelon.
Taken from Martha Stewart Everyday Food Summer 2010
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