It’s June 20th, which means summer is here! And this year after such a miserable winter and a spring that was spent doing not much more than work, I’ve been looking forward to warm, sunny days and floating away the afternoon in the pool all the more.
Along with the sun and warmer weather comes recipes I love to dig out when it’s just “too damn hot to cook”, and I figured I would re-share them in case you needed some summertime inspiration.
Like this spinach and strawberry salad with goat cheese and citrus vinaigrette.
Quick, easy, and perfect for Meatless Monday.
Or this Watermelon “Plank” salad with feta and balsamic glaze.
Wonderful as a main dish or as a side.
Here’s a ‘non-recipe’ post for a grilled chicken and smoked mozzarella panini with store made pesto and sun dried tomato spread, and a mango, black bean and quinoa salad. So easy, and great to take for a summer picnic, or tailgating at the drive-in, perhaps?
This roasted parmesan zucchini is perfect if you’re a gardener with superfluous squash lying around.
Culinary OCD, that’s me.
And since you can’t have a “summer food” post without mentioning the holy mother of summer foods, here’s an Heirloom Tomato Crostini that is the best no-cook meal for the hottest nights of the season.
Gosh, I can’t wait for good tomatoes.
This kicked-up gazpacho is also perfect for all those fresh garden “‘maters”, and it makes a TON of soup. No worries about what to take for lunch for a week!
And finally, since I can’t finish a post like this without a little something sweet, here is a peach blackberry crostata with honey-ginger glaze and cardamom spiced fresh whipped cream that is sure to impress any of your summer dinner guests.
I’m itching to make that one again, in addition to experimenting with some other summer crostatas.
Hope your summer is a fantastic one, kids. Spend time doing everything you want to do, or doing nothing at all.