Note, apologies for the advance unedited piece you may have received on Monday; I’ve been having some troubles with my host and it sent instead of saved!
“In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky.”
“In the Summertime,” by Jerry Mungo
The first two lines of this old chestnut have been an earworm for the past two weeks or so. Long sunny days with the light going well past nine, and starting around 4:30 a.m., have me out and about well before my usual early rising time and sometimes well past my bedtime. No matter, this time is fleeting and I know in just a few short weeks I’ll start to notice the time change and that it’s no longer a bright light that wakens me.
That said, it’s almost Fourth of July weekend, which for some marks the start of summer. This is one of those golden years where the holiday is bumped with a weekend, so we don’t have the odd middle-of-the-week day off. I always find this time of year as one with family and friend gatherings, summer guests, picnics, and lots of opportunity to feed a crowd. So this week I’m recycling a favorite idea and bringing you some past suggestions for summer eating and hosting!
Miscellaneous and Appetizers
Jordan Marsh’s Blueberry Muffins
If you have some fresh blueberries, these are delicious and easy.
My go-to dish for potlucks.
Black Bean Hummus with Queso Fresco
I took this once to a dinner party and I ended up eating most of it! It’s SO good!
Healthier than potato chips!
Soups and Main Dishes
Julia Child’s Vichyssoise
I’m not one for summer soups, but I do love this one.
Summer Minestrone Soup
A great soup with summertime vegetables.
Zucchini and Red Pepper Frittata
Eggs are a real lifesaver for dinner on summer evenings.
Marinated Grilled Chicken Legs
These are great hot off the grill or cold.
Israeli Couscous “Tabbouleh”
A fun spin on an old favorite.
MVK’s Nicoise Salad
My take on this classic French summer meal.
No guilt if you eat the whole bowl!
Red White and Blue Salad
A fun salad for the holiday!
Asian Green Bean Salad
A great vegetarian dish with an Asian twist.
Cavatappi Salad with Tuna and Olives
A delicious heart-healthy pasta salad.
It’s not summer without having this for dinner one night.
Old Fashioned Blueberry-Maple Pie
A Vermont spin on an old fashioned favorite.
MVK’s Food News of the Week: This is How Much Celebrities are Paid to Endorse Unhealthy Foods
I recently read this article about how much celebrities are paid to endorse certain foods, mainly soda and fast food. I was surprised and also saddened. If you can believe it (I can’t), Beyoncé was paid $50 million (yes, you read correctly) to promote Pepsi products! You can read the article by clicking here.