Monday, June 3, 2019

Around the KitchenTable - Summer Fun + book #giveaway


It's time for Around the Kitchen Table. Are you ready?

From Daryl:  It's summer. It's party time. Barbecues. Ice cream. Margaritas. What's your favorite summer food? What gets you in the party spirit?  Personally, I love to barbecue. I love the aroma of a barbecue. I love the sound of the sizzle. And I love sitting outside with a longer day and enjoying a nice glass of wine and reading a book. Now, when my mother was alive, margaritas were a go-to beverage in the summer. I shared that recipe last week. Hope you took a sip.


What foods make summer fun for you?

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PEG: I love summer food! I'm an avid fan of grilling--to me everything tastes better (and tastes like summer!) done on the BBQ.  We love steak on the grill of course but also things like chicken satay and butterflied leg of lamb. And to really get into a summer mood, we like to sip an Aperol Spritz while sitting on the deck enjoying the sun and fresh air. We were introduced to the drink by our Italian son-in-law and ordered them daily on our trip to Italy.  If you'd like to try one, go HERE for the recipe!



 
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Sheila: I've always liked meat from the grill (my father was a big meat-eater, and my mother did not like hot kitchens in summer!), and early on we had a grill with an electric rotisserie, which was fun to watch. But recently I was commenting to my sister that our mother exposed us to a lot of summer vegetables (that a lot of kids probably wouldn't eat in those days), so we enjoyed asparagus and artichokes from an early age (we left the avocados to our mother and grandmother, but at least we knew what they were). However, I was never a big fan of squash--too squishy--and for a long time tomatoes made me gag (I outgrew it).

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DENISE Fresh from the garden corn on the cob, tomatoes, and sweet peppers are my go to summer treats. My dad was a farmer and he always had my mom get the pot of water boiling before he even picked the sweet corn. Drowning in butter and salt it is a taste not to be beaten. 

And there is nothing to compare to a a BLT with tomatoes you've grown yourself. Then to top of the trifecta, there is a thinly sliced pepper, tomato, and onion salad with just a tiny bit of vinegar,oil, salt, and black pepper.


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LESLIE: We grill all year round -- a habit leftover from when Mr. Right lived in a house so tiny the kitchen was a three-quarter sized fridge, a convection oven, and a hot plate, with a huge gas grill outside the back door!

But there are certain fabulous recipes that scream SUMMER! to us. Caprese salads and a yummy variation, Grilled Caprese Kabobs. Tomato Camembert Pie. Anything with fresh herbs -- I line the back porch with pots of them. Lavender Limeade, with or without tequila. Berry smoothies and slushies. Anything with fresh raspberries or basil. Ice cream with Chocolate Cabernet Sauce. 

Oh, dear. As I write, it's more a hot chocolate day than an ice cream-with-chocolate sauce day, and I've gone and made myself hungry for summer.

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LINDA:     I'm with you, Daryl! I love to BBQ although I must admit for our weekly family dinners it's usually my brother-in-law or his son-in-law who rise to the occasion. Not because I ask them -- I am perfectly capable, you know. But, it adds to the flow of getting everything on the table at the same time. Chicken breasts are a favorite, as are burgers of various ingredients (we have non-red-meat-eaters in the family). But my true favorite is a thick tenderloin steak, done more rare then medium. I salivate just thinking about it. And, our go-to refreshment is a gin and tonic with fresh lime slice. That really says summer to me!
           
LUCY: Me too on the corn Denise, my very favorite! And Campari spritz, which was on this blog last Thursday. And anything right out of the garden, especially tomatoes and basil and mozzarella with a little vinaigrette on top...We also have a ton of family birthdays in July, so how about this yellow layer cake with raspberry frosting?



CLEO COYLE: I'll be short and sweet (literally)! Marc and I both agree, one of our favorite summer foods is ICE CREAM! We don't have an ice cream maker, so we use the easy no-churn method to make it fresh in our own freezer. If you'd like the recipe, click here or on the photo below, and have a delicious summer, everyone!

Click the photo for Cleo's easy recipe:
How to Make No-Churn Ice Cream,
and have a delicious summer!


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Giveaway

We're giving away the following books to one winner. 
Leave a comment and tell us about your Summer Fun
(maybe we'll steal the idea  - heh, heh) 
and leave your email in case you win.

Murder, She Uncovered - by Peg Cochran, ebook only
Sifting Through Clues - by Daryl Wood Gerber, ebook or trade paperback
Chai Another Day - by Leslie Budewitz, trade paperback
The Diva Sweetens the Pie  - by Krista Davis, hardcover



 

84 comments:

  1. I'm with Denise. We had a big garden when I was growing up and the water was always put to the boil before we picked the corn. And BLTs were good, but I liked tomatoes even better when we took them off the vine, polished them on our jeans, and ate them out of hand, still warmed by the sun.

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  2. I, too, love to grill in the summer. Nearly everything's better on the grill... even pizza and grilled cheese! A good burger or some salmon with corn on the cob or asparagus is perfection! And some strawberry shortcake for dessert doesn't hurt, either (not on the grill, of course!)

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  3. I grill year round. Nothing is better than a juicy burger and corn on the cob cooked on the grill! Thanks for the chance to win! JL_Minter (at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. I love burgers and steak on the grill, but grilled corn on the cob with butter and lemon pepper is my favorite! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. We're still having frost warnings (!!!) so summer is still on a distant horizon. I know it's really summer when we have our first supper/dinner/evening meal that is nothing but corn on the cob. Real butter. A little salt. Life is good. pjcoldren[at]tm[dot]net.

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  6. My summer looks like it will be full of gnats...big ones...so going outside will be iffy. I love to just sit and enjoy the cooler air at night by a firepit.

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  7. Summer means enjoying fresh, ripe tomatoes and a salad filled with peppers, kale, and zucchini. sitting outside in the backyard and enjoying this repast gives me great enjoyment. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Corn on the cob would have to be my favorite summer food too. That and watermelon. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  9. I love the simple barbecue favorites, hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, potato salad, baked beans, cucumbers & onions, homegrown tomato slices, s’mores.
    Bleakney750@yahoo.com

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  10. Macaroni Salad has to be one of my favorite summer foods. Nothing is as grand as heading to the beach, then around 10:30 AM (something about being at the beach always makes me hungry) digging into a picnic lunch. I also love homemade baked beans and ribs. BBQ sauce, galore!

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  11. I love summer and await its arrival with anticipation each year. If I am fortunate enough to go to the beach then I enjoy the food even more. I bring a baguette with cherry tomatoes, cut up strawberries and delectable salads with cucumbers, chopped kale and lovely grape tomatoes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. I love to grill out. We usually try to do it year round but that doesn't always happen. Corn on the cob is always one of my favorite things to eat.
    bnharris6218[at] outlook[.com]

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  13. We grill year round but my new favorite is when my husband marinates rack of lamb and grills it! Very tasty! Thanks for the chance!
    bernice-kennedy(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  14. The summer for me is going to the lake and watching my husband band play music every weekend. It so much fun

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  15. My favorite summer food is ice cream, but it’s also my favorite any time of the year (which my brother-in-law thinks is weird).
    Sara
    annefitza (at) yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Mmm! Love grilled food on the barbecue! Also love corn on the cob and all the fresh fruit and veggies! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  17. I would love to go to the beach, travel to see monuments, shop etc. but I have lupus and other medical issues and the sun is my enemy (literally it makes my skin feel like it’s on fire then develops sores that take months to heal) so I just travel through my books I read. I always love the detective figuring out clues etc jobs and since god placed me as a mama of four (two special needs) for my occupation I can only enjoy that job through books as well . Would love to be a winner...all of you authors are great! (Email if you need it is rosacline90@gmail.com)

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  18. It is definitely summer here in TN. Thankfully today is cooler than it has been. Grilling always means summer although we do grill year round. Steaks are the best and of course closer to rare than medium for me. I love fresh veggies and fruits. Tomato, cuc, and onion salad. yes. The real sign of summer though is fresh watermelon. Cold and dripping with sweetness. Love it!! kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net. I either have these books or have preordered them!! Love it!

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  19. I think I want to come eat with all of you! And yes to the summer festivals and outdoor concerts -- they make everything taste better!

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  20. Summer means fresh fruit - peaches, watermelon, strawberry pie. (Sounds like there's the beginning of a song in there somewhere.) :-)

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  21. I love going to farmers markets, food festivals and camping in the summer. When we are home, we eat all of our meals on the deck overlooking the forest that we live in. Nothing better than food cooked on the grill, even in winter in the snow. When I get the chance, I love to head to Highway 1 and drive along the coast from California to Washington.
    robsnest60 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  22. Summer fun is reading, reading, and reading. I plan on doing it all summer!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. My summer Fun is full of reading, traveling and fresh veggies.
    kckendler at gmail dot com.
    Thanks for the blog.

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  24. Must be a Midwest thing. Nothing better than sweet corn and tomatoes. Love tomato sandwiches. We grill year round too, but on a small scale for just the two of us. Reading is my year round hobby. You ladies certainly keep me busy.
    vkreft@aol.com

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  25. One of the best things about summer, besides baseball, is going to our farmers markets and getting fresh vegetables and fruit. We especially look forward to blts and sweet corn, but the green beans, red potatoes, peaches, and berries are awfully good too.
    browninggloria(at)hotmaildot)com

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