Summertime is winding down for us. And as much as I hate to admit it, I am kind of looking forward to the structure that school brings. It will be sad to leave behind the lazy days of summer, relaxed dinnertime preparations and especially the beach. And I will miss having the kids home and relaxed all the time. But I could do without all the last minute to-dos and appointments that come with the time leading up to school’s start. And there are dozens of things I still want to do this summer like go kayaking, ride my bike a lot and craft more.
Here in New England, lobster is pretty much the official food of summer. It’s relatively inexpensive at this time of year (for lobster, that is). So, if you haven’t had one yet, get one before the lobster season ends and prices zip back up again. I’ve had one or two lobster rolls this summer, but would love to have just one whole lobster before the fall arrives.
A Good Juicy Grilled Burger
We eat burgers year-round, but there is something about a grilled burger that really stands out as special with its juiciness and smoky flavor. Even better when it’s eaten just off the grill on a sunny warm day (sweet tomato salad and cold beer are optional!). For a great one try my Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers, which are filled with melted blue cheese that oozes over the burger and bun. Amazing!
When tomatoes are at their freshest (right now!), tomatoes caprese is more than just tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. It’s a flavor explosion and something to most definitely write home about. So make sure you whip up a caprese salad before it’s too late. Or you can even grill it into a caprese lasagna. I am also a big fan of sandwiching caprese between two very crusty slices of semolina bread. Mmm.
Sweet Corn From a Farmstand
When I was a little girl, my grandmother and I used to stake out a local farmstand, waiting for the fresh corn sign to appear. When it finally would, we would feast on corn as a meal. Ear after ear of the tender, sweet kernels would be devoured. If you haven’t had any corn from a farmstand yet, you need to. And if you want, you can even freeze fresh corn to enjoy this winter too.
An Icy Beverage
Summertime is the ultimate time to enjoy an icy cold beverage (and no, it doesn’t have to be an adult drink!). Warm temperatures and cold drinks just go hand in hand. That icy beverage up top? It’s a Pink Coconut Chiller, a cool, refreshing and waist friendly drink with only 40 calories per serving. Best of all? It’s kid-friendly too.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.