As summer is winding down, I think it’s important that we have a top 10 list.
After all, everyone who reads here lives to eat, and summer is such a special time for that particular sport.
Yes, I just called eating a sport. When you are as dedicated to it as I am, it absolutely makes you a Division 1 athlete.
So, before the leaves start turning and you pull out those scarves, let’s live it up a little!
SUMMER “TO DINE” LIST:
1. Corn on the cob.
Boil it, grill it, slather it in butter or baste it in Mexican mayo. Whatever you do, don’t scrape it off of the cob. Picking corn silk out of your teeth is a summer MUST.
2. Tomato sandwiches
Tomatoes, mayo, white bread. Salt, no pepper. At least 3 at a time.
3. Onion sandwiches
Vidalias ONLY. Anything else is as vulgar as a you-know-what at church.
This needn’t be at the beach – though it’s all the better if it is. Even at home, steam up some clams, shrimp, and pork sausage. Serve them with baked potatoes and beer, and you will see that New Englanders brought us more than pilgrims.
Because EVERY month should be avocado filled, but especially when they are this plentiful, buttery, and ripe. Check out this site for some awesome recipes!
6. Road Trip
I don’t care if it’s just 45 minutes away to the outlet center. Rent a car, if you have to! Just get in the car, roll down the windows, and blast The Beach Boys. Indulge in all of the worst kidsn of foods – chili cheese Fritos, Fruit by the Foot, Diet Mountain Dew, and Junior Mints are all applicable here. You should have a stomach ache and a sun-roof tan by the time you get to your destination.
I didn’t do nearly enough of these as a kid, because I grew up in a place where it was always nice, year round. If you do, too – force yourself to get out of doors this summer! Picnics are an especially nice way to have happy hour – just you, a couple of juice boxes full of wine, and all of the expensive cheese and salty meat you can eat. When the sun starts to dip below the horizon and all the kids leave the park or green belt, it’s like all is right with the world.
8. Pool or Beach
Not everyone likes the beach. As my best friend puts it: “Sun in your eyes, sand in your crotch.” But everyone likes a pool. And even if you live in the concrete jungle, like me, you surely know someone in the ‘burbs who has a pool. Just toss a few grapes in the freezer, buy one of those Evian misters at the drugstore, and you will feel like you are at a retreat. I mean, an icy cold beverage doesn’t hurt either. After all, you are borrowing their pool…the least you can do is play bartender.
9. Movie morning
This Sunday – or the hottest Sunday of the summer. You, an iced coffee, a bagel with lox, and the biggest, baddest blockbuster you can stomach. Them dang teenagers aren’t yet awake, the theatre is mostly empty, and the tickets are cheaper! All the more for you to spend on dessert breakfast – a movie morning must-have.
10. Farmer’s market bonanza
Because, really, who shops outside in the middle of February? Get your cash out and support local farmers and artisans. Just buy what looks good and cobble totgether a fruit and veggie heavy meal with local meats and cheeses. The farmers market near me even has UNBELIEVABLE heavy cream. You really don’t need to step foot in a regular grocery store at all this summer, but at least take this one day off. Crack open a beer and enjoy the cooking festivities.
What do you want to do/eat before summer ends?