Here we are already at the longest day of the year. Yes, I know...it has 24 hours just like every other day; it's only the amount of daylight that's longer. Oh, if only we really could make some days longer than others. I don't know about you but I could use a few extra hours to finish up my ironing or to do something crafty. But I digress.
While the temperatures and the attitude have screamed Summer! for weeks now, the season officially makes its debut for good ol' twenty-twelve. I'm ready for refreshing swims in the pool (there have been a few) or a baseball game at the new stadium (we keep saying we're going). Most of all, I'm excited about summer dining.
We had a taste of it just the other evening. It was hamburger patties smothered in peppers and onions and grilled yellow squash fresh from Tom's garden. The meal also included fresh corn on the cob although we didn't grill it. We have and it's good but we were in the mood for it fixed the traditional way, and boy, was it good. I even had some cucumbers and onions in a little vinegar, also from Tom's garden...took me right back to my childhood dinner table as my mother used to fix them that way. I ate way too much but loved every bite of it.
And last night we had Mexican food complete with jalapeno poppers with peppers right out of my own garden. It took almost every one that was on my plant as it isn't very big yet but they were delicious. If I do them again soon, I'll have to buy jalapenos.
It's the time of the year when I could happily be a vegetarian because there are so many good choices. Our stop at the vegetable stand last Saturday yielded juicy red tomatoes, fat green beans, sweet Vidalia onions, tiny little new red potatoes and the prettiest red and green bell peppers. And don't get me started on the cherries we're enjoying every day at lunch.
Yes, it's prime time for fresh fruits and vegetables and that's a good thing. I like the soups and warm comfort foods of winter but summer dining has to be my favorite.