Friday, August 7, 2015

How We Eat in the Summer

How We Eat in the Summer

 How do food bloggers really eat in the summer? I polled a bunch yesterday and created a round up of favorite summer dishes to help you through the dog days of summer!

Originally I was going to write a post about how I eat in the summer. The plate above is a prime example--a bit of beet and goat cheese spread, some garlic scape pistachio pesto hummus, and a yellow squash version of zucchini pancakes. All are made ahead of time, and combined with some quick pickled vegetables, olives, cheese, meat and crackers.

Then I got to thinking--this will be a pretty boring post if it's just my favorite sampler plates [above is potluck tabbouleh, grilled green beans, hummus and mini naan bread with salami, feta, olives and the first sun gold cherry tomatoes from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share]. Since my goal is to be a resource for folks eating from the farm share, the farmer's market and generous gardens, I figured I should offer a wider array of options. So I asked a few food blogger friends to share their favorite summer dish, and I've got them for you below. Such a colorful array of food! [links appear below the collage, left to right, top to bottom]

Spiralized Zucchini with Pesto Tomatoes and Corn by Laura of Mother Would Know

Tomato Salad with Thyme and Honey by Donna of Cookistry

Lemon Asparagus Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta by Jenn of Peas and Crayons

Kale Pesto by Gwinn of Swirls of Flavor

Grilled Zucchini Tacos with Mexican Street Corn Salsa by Taylor of Greens n Chocolate

Paleo Shrimp Scampi by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean

White Acre Pea and Corn Salad by Robin of Simply Southern Baking

Korean BBQ Zoodle Stir Fry Bowl by Margaret of The Plant Strong Vegan

Grilled Green Vegetable Salad by Kelly of Tasting Page

Vegan Summer Pizza with Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Basil by Karen of Kitchen Treaty

Low Carb Smoked Turkey 'Sandwiches' by Tracey of The Kitchen Is My Playground

Healthy No Bake Cheesecake Cups by Arman of The Big Man's World

Peach Caprese Salad by Joy of The Joyful Foodie

Fruit Salad with Tomato by Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious

Salmon and Heirloom Tomato Farro Bowl by Meredith of In Sock Monkey Slippers

Rainbow Sherbet by Rachel of Baked by Rachel

Vermont Meets New Jersey Ultimate Cobb Salad by Brianne of Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Egg Potato Green Bean Salad by Tara of Noshing with the Nolands

Time of the Tomato by Meghan of Clean Eats Fast Feets

Savory Sweet Summer Rolls by Kristina of SpaBettie

Creamy Corn Penne with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes by Izzy of She Likes Food

Creamy Sweet and Spicy Corn Salad by Christine of Cook the Story

Coconut Cream Fruit Dip by Amber of Dessert Now Dinner Later

Cherry, Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad by Liz of Floating Kitchen

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini with Shrimp by Taylor of Food Faith Fitness

Thai Green Curry with Summer Vegetables by Laura of The Spiced Life

Broccoli Salad by Michele of Flavor Mosaic

I was delighted to notice that the majority of dishes are vegetable-centric. Eating food when it's picked at the point of ripeness and especially if it's been grown close by means that you're eating food  with as much flavor as possible. And that's always a Good Thing.

I have to admit, though, that your first corn on the cob after you get your braces off is one of THE BEST summer dishes. Ever! Just ask my girlie.

There ya have it--a round up of summer dishes that us food bloggers crave. What do you crave?

For even more recipe ideas, please check out my Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient. It's arranged from Acorn Squash Recipes to Zucchini Recipes and many types of fruits and vegetables in between.

Wondering where my Friday Night Pizza Night recipe is? Check out the Visual Pizza Recipe Index for inspiration since I'll be grilling up something good for my honey tonight.

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  1. Show some recipes with Ramen Noodles; as this is my main dish. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ainee,
      I only have 1 recipe with ramen noodles--my Potluck Asian Chicken Salad. I do often make Yakisoba, which starts with a frozen noodle product not too different from the dried noodles in ramen noodles. I hope those 2 recipes can get you started.

  2. I had my first ear of local (to New York) corn yesterday and it was delicious. We did get some in the food share although it was the week I was on vacation so I missed it. I'm hopeful we get more this week.

    Love the round up.

    1. Meghan,
      There's something about the first _____ of the season. Strawberry, tomato, corn--you name it, whatever it is will taste SO GOOD after such anticipation.
      Thanks for letting me include your recipe!

  3. I adore this post--and having thought about it, I think you should do one for all the seasons! Holidays too! :D

    1. Laura,
      Thanks for giving me ideas . . . or making me do more work. I'm not sure which.
      Thanks, too, for letting me share your recipe!

  4. Replies
    1. Donna,
      Isn't it so colorful! We eat with our eyes, and when there's so many pretty colors to choose from it's a delight.

  5. Fabulous Collection--love the freshness of these recipes!

    1. Kristen
      Thank you! I had fun curating this mix!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing- I think you need to use your next CSA to recreate every single recipe ;)