Did someone say picnic?

August 22, 2013

It might have been me. That’s what immediately came to mind when I spotted these concrete  tables and benches in a local park. I had never seen anything like them before… old, weathered, yet with a decidedly modern edge.  Picture it…racing through the ” golden arches” in a ’65 Corvair convertible and stealing away to the park for a  little lunch…a little sun. It’s still summer people, slow it down.

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Not So Fast

September 1, 2012

Here in the northern mid-west we wait patiently for Summer through every type of brutal Winter force. Yet, once it’s here, people are ready to slip into Fall way ahead of schedule. The Autumn solstice does not occur until September 21…which means, quite simply, that there are three more weeks of Summer still to enjoy. Sure, the days are getting shorter, nights are getting cooler and afternoon shadows are longer. But, hey, Summer is Summer. You can plan ahead to Fall all you’d like but don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the last days of Summer while they’re here. Three more weeks…that’s a lot of Summer fun left to be had. Now…how bout a picnic?

For starters,

May 26, 2012

I kept this Quinoa salad simple. Feta , tomatoes,  Italian parsley and Quinoa tossed with a simple vinaigrette of lemon juice and olive oil with a touch of garlic. Salt and pepper to taste and you’re done.  A  simple, satisfying lunch or a great side for any summer supper. Then I started thinking of  ” add ins”…garbanzos, Persian cucumbers? Maybe oil packed tuna or some grilled chicken? Dill? Basil?  This basic recipe will allow you plenty of variations for an entire summer of good eats that are good for ya. 

Nothing easier,really.

May 25, 2012

There is nothing easier for a spring or summer dessert than this. Three ingredients…count them, three…and, really no prep. A trip to the farmer’s market for the strawberries and a reach into the pantry for some brown sugar and sour cream. Plate ’em up, dip and done.