I’m just thrilled for fall. Thrilled, I said.
I’ve started bustling around, cleaning the house and cozy-ing it already. Strategically placing throw blankets here and pinecone-y autumn wreaths there and pumpkin scented candles over there. I know it’s early, but at the risk of sounding like every other damn blog you’re reading, fall is my favorite. It’s loaded with cinnamon and smoke scented memories (Josh and I met in the fall, we married in the fall) (a different fall, to clarify). But also the new excitement that comes with fall-with-a-kid. Stitching together misshapen homemade costumes, and squirreling away candy and baking gross cupcakes that look like they’re bleeding.
But there is just one thing about summer that I’m reluctant to give up. And really it’s no surprise- the same thing that I always love about everything ever.
We’re going to spend these next few weeks relishing juicy red tomatoes (so many tomatoes) and handfuls of fragrant basil and sweet, soft peaches. We’re going to stuff our faces with summer before anyone else has the chance to offer me a pumpkin-spice-anything.
Some of our favorites this summer:
1. Heirloom Tomato Tart. I make it slightly different than this. (We had a tomato tart at a French restaurant four years ago and I’ve been trying to replicate it since.) Skip the pesto stuff and instead spread a thin, thin layer of dijon the bottom and drizzle a teeeny bit of honey on top of everything.
2. Corn Salad. We might maybe possibly eat this once a week. Maybe.
3. Grilled Veggies. I skewer them, no marinade or anything. Then we have a snack dinner of grilled veggies dipped in a dijon yogurt (1 part dijon, 1 part yogurt, maybe a bit of garlic).
4. Summer Succotash Gratin. It makes SO MUCH. Beware.
5. Tomato Corn Pie. And its close cousin:
7. Black Bean Salad. Really stinking fresh and cool, and easy to make if you get lazy and skip the tomato-roasting part.
9. Blueberry Hand Pies. A little too fruit-y and not pie-y enough for me, so I simmer the blueberries in sugar and corn starch for a bit
Like 80% of those are some form of tomato pastry. Sorry.
What summery foods will you miss? Though I guess I’m jumping to conclusions here and assuming food is all anyone ever cares about. Is there other stuff (like, yawn, swimming or whatever) that you’ll miss about summer?
Or are you guys all just chugging pumpkin spice lattes as you read this? You are, aren’t you.