Thursday, July 12, 2018

Summer Is Here!

by Karen Rose Smith

The best part of summer for our family is the vegetables from our garden and the fruits we can find at local produce stands.  This week, the English cucumbers and Black Beauty zucchini were hiding under the huge green leaves.  I bake, grill, broil and saute zucchini in a variety of recipes.  They are easy to insinuate into many recipes...even lasagna!  I use the zucchini instead of pasta.  

 Cucumbers are a mainstay of salad any time of the year.  But when they are plentiful, I use them in salads of their own.  They play well with cherry tomatoes and vinaigrette, also with dill and ranch dressing. I like English cucumbers, the long thin ones because they have fewer seeds.

Peaches are probably my favorite summer fruit.  In my area of Pennsylvania, there are plentiful bushels of peaches when winter has been kind to the orchards.  I believe a peach needs no other accompaniment.  But recipes with peaches are endless from peach cobbler, to peach crisp, to peach pie to peach custard.

I'm constantly being told I should drink more water.  I'm not a water drinker.  But this is a new way that I've found to drink water and like it.  This pitcher has a channel on the left where you can load in pealed and washed fruit.  Then just fill the pitcher with water and refrigerate. I like peaches best and strawberries are a near second.  The fruit infuses the water with a bit of flavor.  The pitcher needs to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to do the job well. 

I hope you enjoy the fruits and vegetables of summer!

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