I found this picture on my external hard drive recently. My friend, Rebecca, posing for a photo project I had to do for a communications class.
Looking at this picture makes me miss lazing about on the quads at Carolina with friends!
Last summer it was soups. The summer before it was ~French cuisine. This summer, my mother and I have become obsessed with trying different salad recipes.
Tonight, we had roast chicken with one of the best salads we’ve tried so far. Blackberries, strawberries, peaches, and walnuts on a bed of mixed greens.
Not pictured: the amazing goat cheese dressing. I don’t have the exact measurements because I’m pretty sure my mom just winged it, but mix together goat cheese, sour cream, white vinegar, and a little sugar and voila! Light, creamy, and a little tangy sweet. A perfect combo with the fruit. If the dressing is still too thick for your tastes, add a dash of milk or water and a little lemon juice.
There’s little I enjoy more than a good salad. And a good salad always includes some type of cheese sprinkled on top. The other day I found this recipe for a salad that included roasted cherry tomatoes, endives, and gorgonzola cheese. Because I only had goat cheese at home, I substituted that in for the gorgonzola, left out the endives, and I had myself a very simple but tasty summer salad!
We paired it off with potato salad and grilled tilapia topped with a mango, onion, and tomato relish. A perfect light, summer meal!
When I think of Florida in the summertime, I think of afternoon summer rainstorms, Little House on the Prairie (a staple of my TV summer viewing growing up), and key lime pie.
Who doesn’t love key lime pie? No one, that’s who. People who don’t at least semi-enjoy the satisfying tartness of key lime pie probably also hate things like Youtube videos of kittens with the hiccups. Completely soul-less.
Anyway, I digress. This summer, my mother and I noticed the Publix bakery was getting all fancy on us. Certain Publixes in town decided to shake things up and introduced the strawberry key lime pie. It was simply a key lime pie with a little strawberry sauce on top, but it looked amazing and we’d never had it before.
We had to have it. So on my half-birthday we decided we should celebrate and buy one to try (yes that is totally a legitimate reason to buy key lime pie). Yes, I’m 21 (1/2!) and I still think celebrating half birthdays is awesome. I blame it on being a January baby in Florida. I never got to have a cool pool party birthday okay? Clearly scarred for life.
…Anyway. It was crazy delicious. Now I need to try as many variations of good ol’ key lime pie as I can find.
4th of July dinner was spent not at a gourmet hotdog restaurant, but at a cool new hamburger joint (that happened to have hotdogs). Either way, I got the most delicious turkey burger I’ve ever had AND sweet potato fries. Consider the night a success.
Ugh. I want another one. Then we walked our dogs and watched amazing fireworks from the street. I love fireworks when I don’t have to leave the house to watch them. Now, to watch 1776 and complete the full Independence Day experience! Happy 4th to everyone!
Happy (almost) 4th of July! Tomorrow after work, I’ll be celebrating by trying out some new gourmet hotdog restaurant. I don’t know, as long as there’s sauerkraut and relish, I’m there. I wish I was making my star-spangled cherry pie again! But alas, ice cream cake will have to suffice for tomorrow.
After that, I’ll come home and partake in my favorite part of 4th of July: annual viewing of 1776, aka the best musical ever written about the Declaration of Independence.