I won’t try to give all the details of the FAST TIME-SLOW TIME issue here in the Louisville area. We are at the far western edge of Eastern Daylight Time Zone. It means that now (in mid-May) it is still daylight after 9pm…and next month I will be able to sit on the deck and read without lighting at10pm. The long days have a big influence on our mealtime schedule. Summer ‘supper’ after 8pm becomes a normal activity. Working backwards, that makes an Mid-afternoon snack an important stop for the day.
That’s why a 4pm walk thru the tomato patch, to fetch up several red ones, becomes important [:p]
A trip to the neighborhood Ice Cream Stand is an acceptable substitute!!![:D]
Corn on the cob..
The return of farmer’s markets (we have 3 good ones locally)
Ice Cold watermelon
Cold Crisp Nectarines
Having nearly every meal off the grill!
boiled lobster, steamers, local corn and tomato slices and any good beer preferably consumed at a picnic table near the ocean.
Fresh Dungeness crabs are an other favorite.
Corn on the Cob, Hardshell Crabs, fried clams, Lobster roll, Lobster, homemade potato salad…they’re all my favorites.
Frog legs, fresh out of the pond, and pan-fried with only flour, oil, salt, and pepper.
Johnson City, Tennessee
Mr. Mayor, do you mind if we come over for your feast you just described.
My raspberries, black berries and gooseberries are also in the second year of production. My fig tree (I am not sure if it is a tree or bush?) is in its third. I do a mean fig salad.
Paul E. Smith
Tomato slices, thick, dripping and sweet with acid. OR Sweet 100’s Cherry Tomato’s in a Bunch like grapes.
Green and hot peppers ready for picking in June, July, and later if things work out ok in the garden.
Strawberries, starting now and lasting for several weeks, This is a good year for berries.
Summer cookout/Potlucks…I do the meat in my cooker/smoker..The family brings the trimmings. Favorite item for me is the Pork Shoulder/Butt after 8 hours on the BBQer. Favorite "trimming" are the various forms of Potato Salad that seem to come from all sides in the family.
Our blackberry and raspberry rows are in their second season so production will be low, but in another year or two our berry activity in the summer will improve.
Rhubarb sauce, chilled, over ice cream or pound cake
That’s enough for now.[:p]
My okra fried, my tomatoes sliced (Grainger County style), garden salad outta my garden consisting of leaf lettuce, shallots, onions, radishes, baby carrots with a little oil and vinegar, salt and pepper and fried Tennessee Cornbread, cucumber-pasta salad.
I could do that every day of the year.
Paul E. Smith
I love the outdoor crawfish boils in the summer. We just went one last weekend for my nephew’s graduation party.
Crawfish, boiled in spices with corn on the cob and potatoes, and the whole mess dumped on newspaper covered picnic tables under big ol shade trees. Pour up the beer and everyone dive in!
I agree with your choice of corn & red ripe tomato fresh from the garden but I need a big pile of steamed crabs to complete that picture[:D][:D]
Beefsteak tomatoes with a slice of mozzarella, a little olive oil and basil. I don’t like to cook on the really hot days, I’ll make tabouli or a salad or get smoked fish from the market
Summer dish: Corn on the cob with butter.
Beefsteak tomato still warm from the garden with
mayo or simple oil and vinegar and fresh basil.
Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and pears,
in that order through the season.
Homemade ice cream.
A dozen varities of leaf lettuces from our garden.
Nasturtium leaves (and flowers).
Since we are starting the summer season what is your favorite summer dish? For me it is Salads, brusting with whatever wonderful vegies I found in the garden that evening.
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