Why Savor Summer?
I have been waiting for summer ever since the last one.
It is truly my favorite time of the year, when ties get loosened, panty hose get ditched and everyone licks ice cream. With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend -- this very weekend -- we start to change our attitudes. That oversized rulebook, packed with the awful things we must and should do from September through May? Somehow, it magically gets lost. It's as if there's a switch-flicker in our brains, opening up space and time for beachcombing, road tripping and outdoor supping way past our bedtime. It's a chance to catch up with our dormant, winterized selves and get reacquainted with the neighbors.
For a cook, summer is a luscious platform, from which one can do raw or cooked, grilled or chilled, sea or pasture. We pack a picnic, fire up coals and pick berries for kicks. Life is not only fun, it's downright delicious! For those of us living a four-season cycle, summer is the jackpot for fruits and vegetables. Every week, there's a new batch of nature's jewels, gorgeously aromatic and, like runway models, donned in their exquisite finery. With nonstop variety until September, the bounty that is summer produce is a good argument for experimenting with vegetarianism, or shifting one's diet from heavy to light.
It goes without saying that I'm tickled to be with you every weekday through the summer, up until Labor Day. I'll share farm finds, road trip vittles, tales of midsummer night dreams, feasts great and small and things that I just gotta show and tell. So, dig out those flipflops (and kebab skewers) and join me on this delicious elephant ride all summer long.
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