Fav Stuff Giveaway!!!


I moved! Phew! Stuff is spewed everywhere in my current apt, and I’m trying my hardest to get organized and set-up. In lieu of my recent move, I haven’t been in the kitchen much, obvi. So, while I get sorted and organized, I have a giveaway for you of all of my current fav stuff.

1. Blood, Bones & Butter! Such a good read. I liked it a lot. I’m sure you will, too.

2. French wooden spoons! Not particularly expensive. Not really fancy, but necessary in every kitchen.

3. A vegetable peeler. Are vegetable peelers exciting? Nah. They’re about a million times less exciting than a new pair of shoes. But I like this one. And vegetables are everywhere nowadays, right?

4. A set of The Perfect Ice Cube trays. These will change your life. You’ll wonder why plastic ice cube trays even exist. They make the pretties ice cubes, too. Awesome for summer.

To enter, leave a comment answering the following question:

“What’s your favorite summer meal?”

(I need food inspiration–can you tell?)

I’ll choose a random winner at noon (PST) on Thursday, July 5th. Have a Happy 4th of July! xo

Update! The winner is:


Her comment:

ELOTES!!!! I live in Chicago and nothing feels more like summer to me than this! I would LOVE LOVE to see a healthy version! yumm!!

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  • Reply Elise July 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Pico de gallo with grilled shrimp and avocado on tostadas! YUM!

  • Reply Rachel July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    My favorite summer meal is fresh tomato and clam pasta! Yummy!

  • Reply Alyssa Trobacher July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I always, and I mean always love a good burger. Pretty basic, but definitely my fav

  • Reply Megan July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    OOh, I already know those ice cube trays would change my life. My plastic ones are the worst!

    And my favorite summer meal is grilled pork tenderloin with and grilled sweet potatoes and asparagus. With blueberry crumble for dessert!

  • Reply Shannon Butler July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    My fave summer meal is the spicy summer veggie tomato sauce my dad makes. Squash, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, onion and tons of garlic. He
    He uses cumin, chili powder and a little oregano, too. It’s unbelievably yummy!!!

  • Reply Karen July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    My favorite summer meal is a vegetable salad and an easy sandwich – anything that doesn’t take too much time.

  • Reply Brandi July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    My favorite summer meal is simple. A BLT made with tomatoes fresh out of my garden! Sometimes I add a bit of avocado to change it up a bit.

  • Reply Danielle July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Favorite summer meal is definitely fennel and orange salad. And I feel for you, I’m
    In the middle of moving too…such a pain!

  • Reply Kaitlyn W July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Tomato and corn pie! So simple and delicious.


  • Reply penny July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Corn salad. Ever since corn has been back in season, I’ve eaten the same salad every other day.

  • Reply Rachel R. July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

    burgers, potato salad, corn.

  • Reply Brianna July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I like to take advantage of farmer’s markets in the summer so I do a lot of cooking with fresh vegetables.

  • Reply christa July 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Grilled pizza!

  • Reply Heather July 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Fresh tuna nicoise salad with yummy crunchy bread!

  • Reply Emily Bentti July 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Favorite summer meal: Grilled flank steak (charred on the outside, medium rare in the middle) marinated in garlic, soy sauce, fresh ginger and green onions. Sliced thin and served on spinach or green leaf lettuce with fresh tomato wedges, blue cheese crumbles and roasted red peppers! With balsamic vinaigrette of COURSE πŸ™‚ Now I’m hungry…

  • Reply Rett July 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

    During the summer I like anything that’s light and refreshing, especially since I live in the South, where we got that whole heat and humidity deal going on. I think the perfect summer meal for me would be a nice, light salad, with baby spinach and little chunks of watermelon, lightly dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Then, to wash it down, a gin & tonic, because there is nothing more refreshing than a gin & tonic, especially during the heat of summer.

  • Reply Stef A July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

    ELOTES!!!! I live in Chicago and nothing feels more like summer to me than this! I would LOVE LOVE to see a healthy version! yumm!!

  • Reply Melissa H. July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Oh, what perfect timing! In addition to being veggie peeler-less, the weather is 100+ in DC, our AC is broken and I just “hulked” one of our 2 ice cube trays (re: broke it in half while trying to wrestle the ice cubes out of it).

    With that: My new favorite summer meal is an old Turkish staple, Saksuka (shak-shu-kah). Eggplant, zucchini, peppers, with a hearty heaping of garlic yogurt.

  • Reply Jenn Vorpahl July 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Steamed clams or grilled marinated chicken and vegetable kabobs! and then a desert of blueberry pound cake, so so so good!

  • Reply Jen @ Fresh from the... July 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Anything fruity, really. Though I have a hard time justifying baking fruit into things when it’s so good by itself. Conundrums!

  • Reply Emily D. July 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    My favorite summer meal in Panzanella (mostly for the croutons if I’m being honest). I will make some quick grilled chicken or burgers or something if I feel like I need it, but I could really eat that salad all summer long.

    I have had that book on my Amazon wishlist forevvver. So crossing my fingers.

  • Reply Heather S. July 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Fresh corn salad with bacon, tomatoes, green onions, and some fresh lime juice. With a Hendrick’s gin and tonic, duh. Delicious!

  • Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment July 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    lots of big salads with corn, goat cheese, cilantro, avocado, yummy things like that thrown in.

  • Reply Caty July 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    A salad with grilled balsamic peaches, goat cheese and candied pecans! And maybe some grilled chicken.

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks July 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

    fave summer meal…does watermelon and cookies count as a meal?

  • Reply A.J. July 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

    My favorite summer meal is chicken under a brick, grilled potato slices, and tomato, basil, and feta salad

  • Reply Robin July 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

    My fav summer meal is corn on the cob!!

  • Reply Nicole W. July 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    My favorite summer meal is summery pizza with grilled chicken, fresh berries, onions, and lots of mozzarella, with a big glass of apple wine. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tara July 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Anything on the grill. Shrimp is probably my favorite!

    I would LOVE to win the ice cube trays. They’re perfect for making homemade baby food. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sharon Lim July 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I love lots of hearty salads for summer – loaded with fruits like orange slices, apricots, tomatoes, cherries, grapes, avocados (or whatever that I find in my kitchen), and with a light dressing (my current favorite is ginger sesame!).
    I also do love me a “Naengmyeon” which is a Korean cold noodles dish – sour and spicy and absolutely refreshing in summer!

    • Reply Sharon Lim July 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

      … I would love that copy of Blood, Bones and Butter! It’s been on my “to-read” list but I’m still getting through several books so I haven’t bought that yet.

  • Reply Sarah July 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Growing up in Texas, I would have to say my favorite summer meal is fajitas. Perfectly marinated meat with a healthy scoop of guacamole and some cheese, it cannot be beat!

  • Reply Diana H July 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    rye bread BLT, heavy on heirloom or other tasty T, with guacamole instead of mayo

  • Reply electricdaisy July 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Chicken marinated in mustard and balsamic, corn on the cob roasted in their husks in the oven (no butter even necessary…seriously, this is the best way) and a nice fresh salad! Plain Greek yogurt with frozen berries for dinner.

  • Reply April July 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Grilled baby back ribs, with corn on the cob for a side!

  • Reply Liz July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Gazpacho with a light pasta salad with vinaigrette and some Caprese with reduced balsamic drizzled over the tomatoes, cheese and basil (rice milk mozzarella for me allergic to whey)

  • Reply Jordan Riley July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

    My family stole a salad recipe from Sunset a few years back that I *love*. Basically it’s halved cherry tomatoes and fresh raw corn with some basil and a basic oil/vinegar dressing. So good.

  • Reply Erica July 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Favorite summer meal? Homemade bean burgers with avocado and tomato, and a giant salad on the side.

  • Reply giuliana July 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Mario Batali’s fresh plum tomato sauce- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ciao-america-with-mario-batali/fresh-plum-tomato-sauce-recipe/index.html. Summer tomatoes make all the difference. This sauce is amazing, and super quick (less than 15 minutes of cooking)!

  • Reply Tarin July 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

    My fave summer meal is my mom’s famous salad – mixed baby greens with raspberries, blueberries, walnuts and gorgonzola in a raspberry walnut dressing. Soooooooo good.

  • Reply Holley July 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Every kind of chip and every kind of dip for every meal, washed down with a glass of rosΓ©. Well, maybe another drink for breakfast– OR NOT because it’s summer and who cares?

  • Reply Quin July 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Mussels a curried coconut ginger broth with grilled bread. Mmmm.

  • Reply Ali July 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I’m originally from Baltimore so my favorite summer meal is Maryland blue crabs smothered in Old Bay seasoning and a nice cold beer (or two) to go with it.

  • Reply Catie July 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Mexican street corn! (It’s a meal the way I eat it … in massive quantities.)

  • Reply Jennifer H July 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

    My favorite summer meal is chicken/pineapple/bell pepper/onion kabobs on the grill with a side of rice. Or grilled pizza-YUM! Basically, I don’t cook in the summer in my kitchen… only on the balcony with the grill fired up.

  • Reply Lorna July 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

    my favourite summer meal would have to be something with halloumi cheese. probably grilled with vegetables in a tomato marinade, served with a vegetable cous cous!

  • Reply Emily July 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Probably a turkey burger, some sort of delicious tomato/cucumber salad, and chips and guac!

  • Reply Melissa July 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Quinoa salad! No need to turn on the oven, keeps great if you pop it in the fridge, lots of ways to make it!

  • Reply sarah July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

    quinoa with feta or goats cheese and fresh veggies (like cucumber and radish) and herbs (mint and parsley) and some lemon and olive oil for a light and refreshing meal. some watermelon and cherries for dessert or some mango sorbet for something a bit special.

  • Reply Kim July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Definitely marinated pork chops on the grill with some potato salad and a nice fruit salad.

  • Reply Jade Sheldon July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

    There is nothing better than a bbq burger and grilled peaches for dessert!

  • Reply Tonia L. July 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Bow tie pasta salad w/ fresh veggies (broccoli, colorful peppers, green onions, zucchini, yellow squash, etc.)

  • Reply sarah July 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

    My fave summer meal involves a Maryland crab boil with a side of pasta salad!

  • Reply Sarah H.P. July 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

    My favorite summer meal has to be hot dogs with lots of toppings, potato salad, and baked beans, along with brownies for dessert!

  • Reply Julie July 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

    My favorite summer meal is grilled pork chops with grilled asparagus, bbq chips and baked beans and homemade peach ice cream (the way my grandma made it) for dessert!

  • Reply Alexis July 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Balsamic BBQ shredded beef (or chicken) on a brioche bun topped with homemade coleslaw – on the side a cold quinoa salad made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, diced tomatoes, black beans, cilantro and fresh white corn. Yum Yum!

    I’ll be making this for my sons b’day at the end of the month – sure to please ALL the family πŸ™‚

  • Reply Krista July 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I can’t get enough cold bean salads. My current fave is garbanzo beans, tomatoes and avocado sprinkled with lemon and loads of garlic. Yum!

  • Reply Janice July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Seafood and salad. Any combination, made any way. Beach food. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nichole July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

    My favorite summer meal is skewers on the BBQ with grilled veggies, meat, and sometimes fruit! Light and tasty!!

  • Reply Catherine July 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Right now, since it’s too hot to contemplate eating anything not cold, I would have to say popsicles. Specifically, the pops in the Paletas cookbook. I just finished off a round of the avocado paletas and loved every bite . . . or lick πŸ™‚

  • Reply Samantha July 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    My most favorite summer meal is a big, big salad full of fresh veggies, topped with chick peas, shredded cheese, sunflower seeds, croutons, and Sweet Vidalia Dressing and a glass of ice water. Maybe a few bites of Ben and Jerry’s frozen Greek yogurt as dessert if it’s really hot out. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Terri July 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    My fav summer meal….A good grilled veggie burger with lots of good flavor, veggies, and nuts, with a side of some type of bean/lentil salad with veggies and a creamy avacodo sauce. I am obsessed with avacodos and greek yogurt theese days!
    Thanks for the contest!

  • Reply Abby Stevens July 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Anything that has fresh summer corn and fresh tomatoes! I can’t get enough of these native veggies in the summertime!

  • Reply Rachael July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    My favorite summer dinner is a Caprese salad and a chunk of watermelon. Who can eat a full meal when it’s this hot?

  • Reply Megan Q. July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I’ve been into sliders lately..so versatile, and well, cute!
    Good luck getting your apartment situated!

  • Reply Sarah July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    A room temperature pasta with fresh corn and cherry tomatoes.

    Or a chilled grain salad with chopped vegetables, cooked spelt, edamame, and a vinaigrette.

    Or this with sweet potatoes instead of the white ones: http://joythebaker.com/2010/06/wild-rice-salad-with-yogurt-vinaigrette/

    Definitely the last one.

  • Reply Shane July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Fish Tacos.

    Seared or Balckened Tuna. Chipolte Lime Sauce. Fresh Napa Slaw. And pineapple/ mango salsa. So Good and refreshing!!

  • Reply Hallie J July 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Black bean salad with tomatoes, avocado, fresh corn, cilantro, green onion and lots of lime juice! Perfectly fresh and healthy!

  • Reply Hallie J July 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Black Bean salad with fresh corn, avocado, tomato, green onion, cilantro & lots of fresh lime juice! So fresh & delicious!

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks July 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

    White wine!

    Oh, wait…

  • Reply Kim July 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Anything and everything on the grill. Stuffed burgers, asparagus, corn on the cob, and grilled peaches a la mode for dessert.

  • Reply Joy W. July 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I wouldn’t know about favorite summer meal ever, but I had a really amazing dinner recently of ratatouille over farro, and then for dessert homemade crepes with mascarpone cheese, figs, and mint with honey drizzled over it. I’ve been obsessively thinking about it ever since, so it must have been good!

  • Reply Tammy S July 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Definitely grilled portabellas with onions!!! Yum!

  • Reply Allison C July 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Tempura fish tacos, please!

  • Reply Lauren Bux July 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I LOVE grilled pizzas (and experimenting with them too)!!

  • Reply Karen July 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

    tacos al pastor with flour tortillas! with a big tall glass of horchata.

  • Reply Liz July 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Fresh sliced tomatoes with a fried egg on the side. The perfect weeknight meal for hot weather.

  • Reply jodi hammond July 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    i like farm to table meals…so going to farmer’s market, selecting what looks fresh and good, going berry picking…or picking peaches…
    coming home making a blt with heirloom tomatoes, and thick pepper bacon, maybe an aioli…then some fresh strawberry shortcake with great biscuits…or peach cobbler…warm and delicious

  • Reply Abby July 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Summer fav: ANYTHING with grilled corn. Seriously, I’ve been eating fresh corn on everything from pasta to sandwiches.

  • Reply Darbi July 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

    BLT with corn on the cob, watermelon and cucumbers!

  • Reply Kristina M July 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

    My favorite summer meal is chicken tacos loaded with tomatoes, avacados, and red onions. yum πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shavon July 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

    My favorite summer meal is linguine with shrimp scampi. Yummy!

  • Reply mandy July 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

    i could never choose! something grilled with all my family near – shrimp or chicken preferred and a yummy cold pasta salad.

  • Reply Telza July 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

    In the summer I usually love things that don’t require I turn on an oven but my absolute favorite summer time food will always been steamed shrimp and crabs. It just tastes like summer.

  • Reply Mr. Mo July 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Grilled burger (pickles, seasoned salt, colby jack cheese, a little mustard) on a delicately grilled sesame seed bun with waffle fries and fresh corn on the cob from the farmer’s stand a couple of miles away. ~Yum~

  • Reply TJ Cox July 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Grilled Veggies and Slow cooked pulled pork!! and of course a few bottles of Vino πŸ™‚

  • Reply Wilson Whitaker July 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Ratatouille is a great way to use all those veggies! http://dwilsonwhitaker.com/feature/ratatouille

  • Reply Whitney July 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Grilled salmon with quinoa salad!

  • Reply neha gattani July 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    My favorite summer meal will be smashed avocados on toasted sourdough bread.

  • Reply Rachel S. July 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Not too healthy, but I love the classic cheeseburger on the grill and grilled corn on the cob with a big green salad! And also a beer. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Danielle July 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    My favourite summer meal is throwing together whatever is in the fridge to make a nice big salad. A recent combo which I really liked was: greens, grilled veggies, roasted potato, green onion, walnuts, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Yum!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    My mom makes some amazing cold salads: cucumber salad, pasta salads, pesto salads, bean salads, you name it!

  • Reply rori July 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    There are a few different foods I like to make when it’s too hot to cook…
    quinoa tabbouleh, shrimp spring rolls, spicy gazpacho soup, and a summer squash / zucchini
    ribbon salad with pine nuts and parm.
    That book sounds great!

  • Reply Elizabeth July 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Fresh off the vine tomatoes with thick slices of mozzarellaand a drizzle of balsamic. Soooooooo good!

  • Reply Jessica July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love grilled teriyaki chicken with fresh tomatoes basil and mozzarella! Grilled vegetables and potatoes are always good, too!

  • Reply The Culinistas July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Perfect summer meal: Corn on the cob, grilled mushrooms, onions, and peppers, grilled chicken shish kabobs, white peach sangria, and blueberry pie with homemade vanilla ice cream.

  • Reply Lori S. July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    My favorite summer meal is a popular Vietnamese summer roll called goi cuon with peanut hoisin sauce on the side. It’s so easy to prepare. The ingredients are all fresh and you can add or leave out anything to your liking.

  • Reply Kris July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes! I try to vastly limit my tomato intake when they are out of season and then I go nuts for them during the Summer. Anything with tomatoes is my fave!

  • Reply r July 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    BBQ anything (ribs, burgers, brats), corn on the cob, watermelon salad and either beer or a chilled glass of dry white wine. Happy New Apartment!!

  • Reply Thee-Own-Ee July 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Definitely some chips with a really good homemade salsa with some sort of grilled meat or seafood.

  • Reply Jen July 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Shrimp tacos with lots of lime πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alex July 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    My favorite summer meal is anything off the bbq… plus a huge bowl of berries! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Rebecca July 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I have been loving Huevos Rancheros this summer. So fast to whip up, which is perfect when I don’t want to be standing in my kitchen over an open flame!

  • Reply Carla Reed July 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Peach hand pies!! Yum.

  • Reply simplyblythe July 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    i love orzo salad with feta, peppers, red onion, cucumber and kalamata olives…a little olive oil, red wine vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper…mmm.

  • Reply Katherine July 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I live in New York City where there is no respite from the hot, sticky, summer heat that gets trapped between the skyscrapers. Of course, the heat always finds its way inside my apartment, so turning on the oven is a no-no. I live my summers in salads–chicken salad, pasta salad, watermelon and feta, etc.

    My favorite salad utilizes sweet summer corn, and it’s so easy: fresh corn, cucumber, red onion, feta, black olives, grape tomatoes, an orange pepper for extra color, and for seasoning, just kosher salt and olive oil. Yum! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kristin July 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Tuna Noodle Salad!

  • Reply Molly C. July 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hamburgers, corn on the cob, and strawberry shortcake

  • Reply Janine July 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I love a good pressed sandwich for dinner in the summer. My favorite now is grilled veggies with pesto and provolone.

  • Reply Eileen July 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Those ice cube trays ARE the best! we’ve had ours for maybe four years, and oh man–such a small freezer footprint, and such perfect cubes. πŸ™‚ My favorite summer meal is a little harder–I think rice or barley salads with chickpeas, assorted vegetables, and a delicious herby vinaigrette is probably the #1. Bonus: if you make the grains in a rice cooker, you don’t heat up the entire house!

  • Reply Lisa July 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Orzo with any sort of grilled veggies (I usually use asparagus, spinach and zucchini) and while still warm mix in feta (or goat) cheese and generous squeeze of lemon. Absolutely delicious and light! Grilled shrimp would make a good addition if you wanted more protein.

  • Reply Ana Rocha July 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    My favorite summer meal is pasta with a raw tomato sauce–fresh tomatoes peeled and crushed by hand with a little olive oil and some raw garlic (which you take out before serving)

  • Reply Diana July 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    My favorite summer meal is pasta with homemade pesto and sausages slightly burnt from the grill. Plus ice cream for dessert!

  • Reply kvossler July 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    slow-cooker pulled pork sandwiches, homemade coleslaw, & grilled rosemary carrots with blackberry cobbler for dessert.

  • Reply Amanda H July 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love me some grilled salmon! It’s definitely my all time favorite food ever! With some steamed or roasted broccoli and a wild rice mix. Nom!

  • Reply Sarah July 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I would have to say it is anything eaten outside. Particularly a tomato sandwich– gotta be on white bread (the only reason I would ever buy white bread!) with salt and pepper and a smear of Duke’s mayonnaise.

  • Reply Jeremy Short July 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Grilled salmon and asparagus with a light salad is my favorite summer meal!

  • Reply Karla G July 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I love marinated lemon dill chicken, grilled with potato salad. Yum!

  • Reply Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    My fav summer meal is a toss up between baseball game hot dogs with mustard or Greek yogurt bowls with lots of fruit and granola.

  • Reply mel July 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Overall, it’s very simple; watermelon panzanella or summer fruit gazpacho

  • Reply Danielle July 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    New favorite summer meal – roasted corn salad with tomatoes! YUM.

  • Reply Raini July 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Tempura over mixed greens with a ginger-miso dressing: Texas 1015 onions, sweet potatoes, Portabella mushroom slices, whole okra, even slices of fruit. Whatever is fresh, local, and in season. It’s nice way to get warm foods that don’t get overcooked or weigh you down.

  • Reply Clare July 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    My absolute favorite summer meal is berry pie! There is nothing better than berries freshly picked and baked up in a flakely, buttery crust, then dolloped with some freshly whipped cream…Mmmmmm….pie.

  • Reply Kim C July 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I love chicken that’s been marinated in a light Italian dressing on the grill along with lightly seasoned grilled veggies like tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and corn and side of brown rice or quinoa.

  • Reply Miranda July 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    That would be a green salad with grilled chicken and grilled fruit!

  • Reply Lisita July 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    BBQ chicken salad is my fav!

  • Reply Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    summer corn soup! it’s great warm OR cold. so sweet from farmer’s market corn. delishhhh

  • Reply Kris July 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Favourite summer meal: Farmer’s market fresh micro-greens salad with grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, pickled onion, baby broccoli florets, and a cilantro/lime vinaigrette. For dessert… Grape Nuts ice cream from #GregsIceCream.

  • Reply Rose July 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Quinoa tabboleh!

  • Reply Rayna July 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    a fresh from the garden tomato sandwich, so messy I have to eat it over the sink!

  • Reply Caitlin Restivo July 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    My favorite summer meal is Fried Tomatoes, hands down. Juicy red tomatoes dipped in milk/worctershire sauce, then Ritz cracker crumbs, fried in butter with salt and pepper…perfection on a plate πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie July 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Fish tacos!

  • Reply Katie @ Coffee for Lunch July 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    My fave summer meal is homemade guacamole, blue corn chips, and a margarita…or three.

  • Reply Francesca July 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    My favorite summer meal is gazpacho with empanadas.

  • Reply Laura July 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Eggplant burger grilled on the grill with tomato, mozzerella, and basil. Then grilled local corn too.

  • Reply Amber Henry July 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    My favorite summer meal is a fresh salad with fresh veg from my CSA! A few weeks ago I had one with lettuce, arugula, swiss chard, tomato, cucumber, onion, and a couple other veg that aren’t coming to mind right now, totaling EIGHT fresh veggies! So good.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Guacamole! I could eat it allll day.

  • Reply Karen July 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Burgers with goat cheese on rosemary kaiser rolls! YUM! Oh and you also need grilled corn and asparagus!

  • Reply Rach July 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    My favorite summer meal is definitely MD blue crab in all it’s wonderful forms! I especially love steamed crabs (or crab cakes) with plenty of old bay, hush puppies and an ice cold beer πŸ˜€

    Of course, a grilled chicken Greek salad is always nice too.

  • Reply Rebecca July 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    my favorite is some sort of grilled chicken with corn on the cob and fresh watermelon. SO great for the summer!!

  • Reply Silvia July 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Grilled zucchini! Or ceviche! Or a good burger right off the grill! mmmmm!!!

  • Reply Nicole July 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I love tacos in the summer, they are super easy to make and the toppings are the best.

  • Reply S K July 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Anything grilled portobello. And spinach salad with lots of lemon, marcona almonds, and fried goat cheese. Mmmm.

  • Reply Jackie July 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    orzo pasta salad with feta, arugula, crasins, lemon zest and toasted pine nuts, paired with a big bowl of fresh hummus- yum!

  • Reply Bex July 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Tomato and corn pie, hands down. Delicious.

  • Reply happygirl July 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Caprese salad!

  • Reply Anna S July 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I love a chilled soup or gazpacho – and it probably has cucumber and is loaded with fresh herbs!

  • Reply Kamara July 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Anything with avacados.

  • Reply Shrutika July 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Penne with Asparagus, Ricotta and Lemon!

    Pasta can be hefty in the summer heat but with a creamy light tangy sauce like this, I can eat it every day!

  • Reply Emily Munska July 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    My favorite summer meal is a HUGE pork tenderloin sandwich with yellow mustard and lots of pickles. And corn on the cob with just a bit of butter and tons of salt!!! It doesn’t get much better ;P

  • Reply Ashley July 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    My favorite summer meal is definitely grilled pizza! I can’t even eat the “other” pizza anymore!

  • Reply Sirenjess July 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Something with summer fruit

  • Reply Kathy K July 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Salade Niçoise!

  • Reply Margarita July 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Grilled or sauteed summer veggies with just olive oil,salt, and pepper!

    Good luck on settling in… I just did that last week and boy am I glad it’s over!

  • Reply April July 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Growing up in a tropical (and very humid) country, my childhood summers are all associated with family trips at the beach, the river, or the local pool. Nothing’s better than getting out of the water and having a feast of grilled fish stuffed with fresh vegetables* and pork bbq skewers** waiting for you. πŸ™‚ And eating watermelon straight from the rinds ha ha.

    *grilled tilapia stuffed with onion, garlic, tomatoes, etc.
    (with dipping sauce of vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic plus chili)

    **pork bbq skewers: pork marinated in soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, pepper sugar, banana catsup, and pineapple juice

  • Reply ellie July 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Summer Ratatouille and Blueberry Pie!

  • Reply Dawn July 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Salad, salad, salad! Summer is all about salads for me.

    My favorite usually involves the following: baby spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms (sauteed in BBQ sauce), avocado, red onion, red bell pepper, and alfalfa sprouts. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amber July 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    My favorite summer meal it grilled watermelon! Yum!!

  • Reply Michelle Touchton July 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I love salads and grilled pizzas or fresh baked bread!

  • Reply Amanda July 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    My husband makes the best hamburgers πŸ™‚ and they are perfect with grilled red potatoes and squash and zucchini!! yumm yumm

  • Reply kaity July 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Ooh my mom makes the best cold chicken and pasta salad with grapes, green apple, celery, and a mustard/mayonnaise dressing. It’s super refreshing and filling when its hot out!

  • Reply Megan July 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    My favorite summer meal is a watermelon, tomato, and basil salad with grilled chicken and yogurt :d

  • Reply Avani July 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    a nice gazpacho – i’ve had some great tomato ones, but recently I had this great cantaloupe one that had a little habanero to it and was yummy and savory.

  • Reply margaret July 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    veggie salads from the garden and bbq chicken.

  • Reply Mandi July 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Definitely a cold pasta salad I found over on Real Simple’s website – it’s gemelli pasta with cherry tomatoes, spinach, fresh mozzarella, and salami – topped off by a white wine vinagrette. It’s filling, fresh, and lovely.

  • Reply Nancy July 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm


    Grilled corn salad, fresh melon and a piece of chicken – its great

  • Reply Dzemila July 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    So my mom makes this cucumber salad (sometimes she uses green onions instead) with cottage cheese, sour cream, and salt. It is uber refreshing and so delish!!!

  • Reply Drea July 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve been eating a kind of disturbing amount of tomato-based salads. I don’t believe in lettuce-y salads because they make me feel like I’m eating a plate of filler. I hope your new place has some opportunities for grilling. Grilled anything is better than just anything.

  • Reply Lindsey N July 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    My favorite summer meal is grilled pizza! No need to turn on the oven – cook it on the grill in the nice weather and top with garden fresh veggies.

  • Reply Catie July 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    My newest summer addiction is Watermelon Salsa!

  • Reply Alexandra July 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Lately my favorite summer meal is eggplant + tomato bruschetta!

  • Reply Heidi @ Food Doodles July 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Veggie burgers! I know that’s pretty general, but there are so many different flavors and combos that I love πŸ™‚

  • Reply Steph July 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    My favorite summer salad- greens with feta or goat cheese and sliced strawberries, almonds and cucumbers, topped off with a raspberry vinaigrette. Even better if you can find some fresh mint and/or basil!

  • Reply Kate D July 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I love pesto on anything – pasta, pizza, sandwiches, eggs, veggies. Yum!

  • Reply ashlie July 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    i used to go to my grandparents for BLTs all the time in the summer! they’re super good with avocado or cucumbers πŸ™‚

  • Reply jovita.cassidy@gmail.com July 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Bbq meat!!! Don’t really care what kind as long as it is did not burn.

  • Reply Sam July 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    These items look great and I would be ecstatic to win! My favorite summer meal would be a starter of watermelon and halloumi salad followed by shrimp-filled tacos filled with cabbage slaw and corn on top! Mmm!

  • Reply Shauna July 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    What a nice giveaway!
    I think my favorite meal is BBQ chicken breast with lots of grilled veggies and sangria.

  • Reply Denise B July 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Chicken Fajitas.

  • Reply Elizabeth July 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    lobster anything! lobster rolls, boiled lobster with melted butter… going to attempt to make lobster guac!

  • Reply Iris R. July 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Simple pesto pasta with grilled veggies (corn, zucchini, tomatoes, you name it).

  • Reply Alex July 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    My mom’s “crab balls.” They are just fresh crab meat mixed with some egg and crushed saltine crackers, barely enough to hold them together. Mold them into balls, freeze for a bit to firm them up, and then deep fry them. Eat piping hot. Preferably with a side of garden fresh sliced tomatoes. Now I want to go home and have my mom cook for me. She also makes the best summer clam chowder…

  • Reply sharon July 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Summer is when I have a lot of veggies burgers, and sweet potatoes!

  • Reply Jason July 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Gazpacho!! And a cold corona with lime.

  • Reply Kathleen July 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    My favorite summer meal is spicy grilled cajun chicken with sweet summer corn and green beans. Dessert wise cobbler is a must!

  • Reply Katie July 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love making grilled kabobs. Lots of veggies from the farmers market and some delicious chicken or steak! Yum!

  • Reply bianca @ sweet dreaming July 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    tons of fresh vegetables and fruit!

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator July 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This is boring, but i really just love a good piece of corn on the cob, slathered in butter and sprinkled with salt and some chili powder. Then a sun-warmed tomato from the farmers market chopped up with fresh basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Top that off with some rhubarb crumble (if i was smart enough to freeze rhubarb in the spring).

  • Reply Ally July 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Corn on the cob and kebabs on the grill!

  • Reply pony_beisst July 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    grilled steak, fresh corn, blueberry pie (or peach ice cream)

  • Reply Laura Heck July 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Seafood Paella and fresh corn salad!

  • Reply Kammie July 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Grilled skirt steak salad with steakhouse vinaigrette and corn on the cob with jalapeno butter!

  • Reply Natalie July 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Summer time to me, means grilling! Some of my favorites are beer can chicken, corn on the cob, and new potatoes cooked in foil. Also, ICE CREAM! I could really use those ice cube trays for when I start making home made baby food!

  • Reply Andrea July 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Fav summer meal is an arugula salad with strawberries, feta, and a little olive oil… so refreshing.

  • Reply Ashton July 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I really love grilled corn with jalapeno mayonnaise, chili powder, and cotija cheese. But… a simple caprese salad is also incredibly refreshing in the heat!

  • Reply Morgan July 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Anything on the grill and lots of fresh fruit!

  • Reply Sara L July 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    BBLT – Bacon, Butter Lettuce and Tomato! Yum, yum!

  • Reply Meg July 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    BBQ Ribs and enough potato salad to kill the average person.

  • Reply Kim July 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    grilled chicken and corn on the cob

  • Reply Kel July 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    A yummy caesar salad, chicken or shrimp and a fabulous dessert!

  • Reply weena July 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    in the summer, all i eat is tomato, basil, mozzarella everything. Pasta, Sandwiches, Salads- you name it, i eat it.
    thanks for this cool giveaway opportunity! have a fabulous 4th!

  • Reply Cami July 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    tomato brushetta with fresh garden tomatoes and basil.

  • Reply Angela July 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Ice cream. Late June through August, ice cream is a meal. Fact.

  • Reply Becky July 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    My favorite summertime meal is a strawberry spinach salad with homemade strawberry vinaigrette – yum!!

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen July 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Big salads! My fave lately has been one with rotisserie chicken, goat cheese, avocado, and Brianna’s honey mustard dressing. Soooo delish.

  • Reply Hollie July 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    A simple caprese salad or some toast with homemade pesto and a poached egg on top. Simple and easy, not to mention delicious!

  • Reply Sophie July 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    My favorite summer meal is a salad with fresh greens, a slice of good bread topped with tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. Bring a nice red wine to go with that… Heaven!

  • Reply sarah July 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    A big bowl of Gazpacho with some crusty bread on the side

  • Reply Amanda July 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Fresh corn sauteed with garlic, thyme and butter, cooled slightly and mixed with tomatoes, feta or cotija cheese, basil and lime juice. Once a week in our house. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Monica July 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Quinoa salad! + red pepper, cucumber, fresh dill, feta cheese, roasted corn, avocado, olive oil and salt + peppa! Delicious, simple and a bowl of nutrients.

  • Reply Dawn July 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Grilled steak tips and corn on the cob, yum. Strawberry shortcake for dessert πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie July 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Probably hamburgers, fresh sweet corn, and homemade baked beans. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katherine July 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Spicy Thai peanut noodles served cold!

  • Reply Erica July 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Anything that comes off the grill πŸ™‚ I’m really looking for more creative kabob recipes!

  • Reply Karis July 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    My favorite summer meal is summer squash pizza. Just tried it for the first time recently, and it immediately moved to the top of my list!

  • Reply Tobi July 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    My favorite summer meal is fish tacos!!!

  • Reply Rachel July 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I’m a big caprese salad fan and fruit salads are always a good choice. Anything cool and light. I’ve been seeing a lot of fruit-based gazpachos lately that also seem like a good summer dish.

  • Reply Jesse July 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I live on bean and grain salads in the scorching Texas heat. I am really digging a Garbanzo cucumber feta and orzo dish right now.

  • Reply ssstitch July 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Grilled skirt steak with tangy, spicy ChimiChuri… And PEACH PIE!

  • Reply Sarah July 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    There’s a little winery about a mile from our house… I make some bruschetta, a little tabouleh, or some corn and black bean salad, some bread, maybe some cheese and we take a picnic on Friday nights. It’s awesome… and sometimes it’s delicious.

  • Reply Jessica July 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    things that involve not using my stove… so a caprese salad of some variety, grilled corn on the cob, and hobo packs of salmon and veggies (or other fish) also prepared on the grill.

  • Reply Jess July 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Grilled, Italian marinated london broil, grilled zucchini slices and potatoes sliced and grilled in a foil packet with olive oil, salt and pepper.

  • Reply Ariel July 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I could eat grilled corn covered in butter every day in the summer!

  • Reply Lynna H. July 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Does ice cream count? I would eat it as a meal. I eat it for breakfast! LOL.

    Okays, I love eating grilled steaks and corn over the summer. Hehe.

  • Reply Mary July 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    burgers on the grill!

  • Reply Greta July 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    It’s so hard to pick just one favourite, but I will definitely go with salad. Grilled steak salad with rucola, cherry tomatoesΠ± pine nuts and olive oil-balsamic vinegar dressing for me is on top this summer!

  • Reply Taryn July 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Pretty much anything cooked on the grill…I like kebobs a lots; with some corn on the cob and some watermelon…and maybe some deviled eggs.

  • Reply Alexandra July 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I love grilled fish with a ton of lime juice and something avocado-ey on the side! Guacamole with seafood is one of my favorite combinations. Adding in some lavender lemonade or watermelon-mint water on the side doesn’t hurt either.

  • Reply Nicole July 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    a simple but current favorite…roasted corn with basil and shaved parmesan! its exactly what i feel like on a summer nigh!

  • Reply virginia shen July 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    BBQ chicken, grilled corn on the cob, and fresh watermelon. I could eat that everyday.

  • Reply Margherita July 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

    My favorite summer recipe is sliced watermelon with feta cheese, chopped fresh mint and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Simple yet delicious!

  • Reply Megan July 4, 2012 at 12:46 am


  • Reply Megan July 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Definitely just a regular sandwich with wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, peppers, onions, olive oil and salt & pepper with a side of sour cream and onion chips, of course!

  • Reply edna murga July 4, 2012 at 1:20 am

    My favorite summer meal is cold cuts and cheese, good bread, salad and lots of wine to drink…Thanks for the chance to win…e*

  • Reply Maria B. July 4, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Nothing can beat a good Greek salad in the summer time.

  • Reply Jen Blacker July 4, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Country pork ribs cooked nice and slow in my crock pot. Served with homemade fries and sweet summer corn on the cob.

  • Reply Em July 4, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Grilled pizza and fresh corn salad (Ina Garten’s is great)

  • Reply amy marantino July 4, 2012 at 4:19 am

    grilled chicken with corn on the cob and watermelon

  • Reply Caitlin Cress July 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Anything with guacamole!

  • Reply Cpigman July 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Good ole fashion tomato sandwich…fresh bread, dukes, beefsteak tomatoe, salt, pepper=heaven! Plain Lays chips on the side! Yum.

  • Reply Justeen July 4, 2012 at 4:59 am

    My favorite summer meal is grilled corn and black bean salad with avocado, tomato, red onion, lime juice, and cilantro. Served with tortilla chips!

  • Reply Amanda July 4, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I don’t have AC, so my fave summer meal is cold: fresh guacamole and pico de gallo with cheddar cheese and tortilla chips! Or hummus and tabbouleh with pita. Yum.

  • Reply Jeanne ODonnell July 4, 2012 at 5:20 am

    kebobs with lots of grilled vegetables.

  • Reply Pauline July 4, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Mine is homemade hamburgers and my mom’s potato salad. BEST.

  • Reply Beth July 4, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Grilled Squash & Zucchini with ANYTHING! I also love doing a nice big salad with fresh berries or mango… MMM!

  • Reply Kelly July 4, 2012 at 5:38 am

    My face summer meal is a grilled steak with a capered salad.

  • Reply Leisa July 4, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Tabuleh (made with quinoa instead of bulgur) and a roasted chicken thigh–yum!

  • Reply Jaime July 4, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I think summer is the best time of year for desserts. Daily cupcakes is my favorite meal! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kari M. July 4, 2012 at 6:04 am

    My favorite summer meal is roasted vegetables and fish on the grill.

  • Reply Cole July 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Watermelon and anything off the grill! Summer food is my favorite

  • Reply Meg S July 4, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Caprese salad!

  • Reply Robyn P. July 4, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Caprese salad with homegrown tomatoes! Love those summer tomatoes…

  • Reply Katylin July 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I love a good fajita! With lots of delcious veggies. An app might include chips and salsa/guacamole depending on my mood…and dessert would be a big bowl of homemade ice-cream. Yum.

  • Reply Nicole PM July 4, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Cedar plank trout with grilled greens and a caprese salad. Can’t wait for tomato time!

  • Reply Corisa July 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

    My favorite meal has to be anything seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning! Ice cream of course for dessert too!

  • Reply Mary Jordan July 4, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Hands down, my favorite summer meal is North Carolina, pulled (or chopped!) bbq. And sweet tea. And a pie of any variety for dessert.

  • Reply Lauren July 4, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I love cooking ribs on the bbq in the summer. I make these wonderful ones called “Butter Tart Ribs” mmmm

  • Reply kristi benningfield July 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

    fish tacos! chicken tacos! veggie tacos! any type of taco! must be served in a fresh corn tortilla with lots of vinegar slaw and cumin seasoned black beans on the side. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Julie July 4, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I love chicken and veggie BBQ’d shish kabobs, with a side homemade potato salad and a nice big glass of sangria! Yummm.

  • Reply Annette July 4, 2012 at 7:27 am

    ice cream! summer’s all about living it up!!!

  • Reply Jess July 4, 2012 at 7:47 am

    my fav summer meal is bruschetta made with tomatoes and fresh basil from my garden, served on grilled bread with a glass of wine. YUM!

  • Reply Danielle h July 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Orzo salad! Can be prepped quickly and transported easily to a picnic πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cindy July 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

    My favorite summer meal is still hamburgers, potato salad and baked beans (even though it isn’t healthy).

  • Reply Julia July 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Corn Chowder!

  • Reply Shauna July 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Gazpacho with sour cream and garlic bread…OR…hamburgers with grilled veggie toppings and corn on the cob!

  • Reply PerniciousPeePee July 4, 2012 at 8:05 am

    PerniciousPeepee here.

    I need that vegetable peeler, so I’ll get real with you. Grilled peepee is perniciously delicious with any sides. Best part is that you can freeze peepeecubes to put in your beverage of choice (I like to SIp IT!111111111). SPLAsh! UP YOUR NOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To make grilled peepee you just GRILL THAT PEEPAY! OH YEAH! SIZZLING!11111111111


  • Reply Callie July 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Almost any kind of pizza- grilled on the barbecue!

  • Reply AlyssaH July 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Anything on the barbecue! Craving a hamburger or shish kabobs right now!

  • Reply Brittany July 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

    My favorite meal would be tequila grilled shrimp with a side of carrots roasted on the grill with fresh herbs. Delicious!

  • Reply Jan July 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Grilled New York strip, grilled veggies (whatever is fresh and local), and a nice, cold gin and tonic (which could use some of those ice cubes from those great trays! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah July 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Salad with grilled fish or meat. I love to cook but summer means cooking is on the bbq and the veggies are raw! So good πŸ™‚

  • Reply Stephala July 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

    My favorite summer meal is a big bowl of chunky guacamole (don’t forget the cilantro!) with blue corn chips and an IPA.

    Lately, I’ve been experimenting a lot ith charred corn salads with edamame, avocado, peppers, and quest fresco.

  • Reply Mia July 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Grilled chicken (w/maybe a little BBQ sauce), potato salad, and a crisp spinach salad. Easy to make, tasty to eat πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kelsey L. July 4, 2012 at 9:17 am

    My favorite summer dish is any type of seafood with a hint of fruit or citrus. Yum!

  • Reply Reformed Foodie July 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

    White corn in any form. Oooh….and white nectarines. MMMM…how about a white corn salad with arugula, red onion and grilled white nectarines.

  • Reply kimberly July 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I LOVE a really good simple but fresh flavor summer pasta. Farfalle tossed with lemon, simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix in some fresh asparagus or broccoli andsome cherry tomatoes and you have a super simple, bold flavor dish that lets the ingredients speak for themselves.

  • Reply Sarah July 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

    My favorite summer meal is a spinach salad with strawberries, walnuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. So simple and so refreshing!

  • Reply Mendi July 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I like spicy salmon with sweet corn relish.

  • Reply leannwoo July 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    My favorite summer time dinner, bbq country style pork ribs, light pasta salad with artichoke hearts, olives, tomatoes, & cucumber. A nice white wine sangria. yummmm

  • Reply Lianne July 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I lived off of pizza and gelato for a summer abroad in Italy and I’d do that again in a heartbeat.

  • Reply Carol July 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

    My favorite summer meal is the one I’m making tonight. Chipotle burgers (or sliders)! Mix chopped chipotle peppers in adobo, salt, and pepper with ground beef or in my case, ground venison. Form patties and grill. These are quite spicy unless you remove the seeds from the peppers.

  • Reply Nury July 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Grilled chicken or steaks! We love barbecuing!

  • Reply Maddie July 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

    My favorite summer meal is a caprese salad with some grilled chicken. I’d enjoy it with a glass or two of Zinfandel. It’s the perfect summer meal for me because it’s not too pricey for a student budget, light but still filling, and it doesn’t involve much indoor cooking or prep.

    I would love to win! I’ve been working and saving all summer so that I can save enough to move to Chicago (I go to grad school in the city). I’ve never been out on my own before so this will be my first apartment! Trying to stock up on cooking tools so that I can really work on my cooking skills when I get my own place!

  • Reply Leanna July 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Love a good hot bowl of chili in the summer. Not kidding. With a beer.

  • Reply Jane July 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I love BBQ chicken on the grill, macaroni salad, corn on the cob and pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream!

  • Reply Sondra July 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

    My summer choice is antipasto and melon. Yum

  • Reply patsy banks July 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    My favorite meal consists of hash browns covered with sloppy joe mixture, vegetables of tomatoes and cucumber slices. 2 very large buttery drippy pieces of sweet corn. And for the crowing glory, HOMEMADE ICECREAM WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES, MASHED AND MADE GOOEY.

  • Reply bonnie July 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Chopped Israeli Salad– tiny bits of chopped fresh veggies tossed with olive oil & lemon juice plus a little feta cheese. Fresh herbs make all the difference!

  • Reply Darleen~ Places In The Home July 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Summer salad season is what I call this time of year. My new favorite is broccoli, grape bacon & pasta salad with ranch dressing. Delicious!

  • Reply Maddie July 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Specifically, White Zinfandel

  • Reply maria m. July 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Fav Summer meal is always something easy & yummy. Different kinds of cheeses, meats, pate, olives, fresh grapes, figs, honey…..crackers or sliced bread and a big yummy green salad and of course white wine ;).

  • Reply Sheila July 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Nicoise salad or shredded beet/carrot salad with boiled eggs and a crusty baguette.

  • Reply Mary July 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

    My favorite summer meal is guacamole. I realize that may not count as a meal for many people, but if I had it my way I would eat it as a meal allll day long. Pair it with a sunset wheat beer and I’m all set!

  • Reply Cathie July 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Love me some pulled pork Sammie’s with nice, cool coleslaw. Coffee ice cream for desert!

  • Reply Kristin July 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I love burgers…pile them high with any toppings and I’ll scarf my face!

  • Reply Babs July 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

    My all time favorite is a great hamburger with all the fixings. A nice salad and a glass of wine. Aaaahhhhh!

  • Reply Juliana July 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Packed parfaits with yogurt, granola, oatmeal, and fruit! Mmm!

  • Reply Emmy July 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Hi-my family had a tea room in the Seattle area and one of my additions to the menu was an awesome Ploughmans lunch! Nothing but the best cold cuts, cheeses a crusty bread and little additions such as gherkins, olives, beets,thinly sliced onion whatever was my fancy for the day. I always keep these things on hand. I now live in Tucson,Az. so the idea of not cooking is especially appealing!

  • Reply Meredith July 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I love crab legs…simple, and easy with good seasoning and butter πŸ™‚

  • Reply Erin Motz July 4, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Great stuff! My favorite things for summer are juicy watermelon, grilled corn on the cob, cold veggie-filled macaroni salad, frozen drinks, and berries with whipped cream!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marge July 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

    A tri-colored pasta salad! It’s cool and light on the hot days. It goes great with a grilled fish

  • Reply KathyH July 4, 2012 at 10:16 am


  • Reply connie July 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Absolute favorite is “Beer Butt Chicken” Potato skins (loaded) and cucumber salad and an Ice cold beer….Ending with fresh fruit salad YUM!!!

  • Reply kay July 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I love cold corn salads, with tomatoes, goat cheese, olive oil, etc. YUM

  • Reply Sara Ann July 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

    A mixed greens salad with sunflower seeds, strawberries, and feta cheese

  • Reply Sharyl W. July 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Grilled shrimp with spicy rice, strawberry shortcake!

  • Reply Molly July 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    grilled ginger lemongrass steak with garlic basil corn and a salad…with pimm’s cup!

  • Reply Tricia C. July 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Lately, my favorite summer meal has been fish tacos, topped with homemade salsa and loaded with lemon and garlic and cilantro. My mother and I make these almost every time Dad isn’t there for dinner, and there’re never any leftovers. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Janie Berks July 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

    My favorite is a cold cherry soup that is an old family recipe. It is cool, refershing and reminds me of my mother and grandmother withen I make it and eat it.

  • Reply Peggy July 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Chilled cucumber soup with a side of tabbouleh (sp?) made with wheat berries or tomato sections with mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Yum!

  • Reply MaryB July 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Fresh veggies from the garden and roasted or grilled shrimp. Yum!

  • Reply Allie July 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

    My favorite summer meal is a big salad with all sorts of veggies, fruits and nuts, topped with balsamic vinaigrette and hummus on the side.

  • Reply Tanya July 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    It would have to be a fresh corn succotash with grilled chicken kebobs and a watermelon margarita. YUM!

  • Reply Cindy B. July 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

    My favorite summer meal is Pizza Pasta Salad.

  • Reply Jen July 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I think I would say fried shrimp and clams are my favorite or a cucumber & onion salad. Happy 4th!

  • Reply Kayla Seely July 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I love eating brats, potato salad, chips and dip and a mikes hard lemonade

  • Reply Laurie Ann July 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

    My favorite summertime meal is a platter of chilled tomatoes, avocado, mango, red onion, cilantro, drizzled with a honey-lime mustard viniagrette.

  • Reply Cindy A. July 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Thank you so much for offering such a generous giveaway! My favorite summer meal is a crisp salad made with fresh veggies from the local Farmer’s Market, a small dish of corn casserole and a tall glass of ice cold sweet tea. Can you tell I’m a southern gal? πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Marisha July 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Grilled salmon and roasted sweet corn. Nothing beats corn in the summer!!

  • Reply Jennifer Bartl July 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Shrimp salad with corn avocado cilantro red onion and black beans

  • Reply Katrina July 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    My favorite summer mean is a spicy gazpacho. Fresh tomatoes, herbs and jalapeΓ±os from the garden make this the perfect summer dish to cool down on a hot day and no cooking means no added heat to the house. If you are not a big fan of cold soups you can always toss everything in a food process, blend it well and serve it it shot glasses as amuse bouche. It is healthy, light and absolutely delicious. Top with some chopped advacado for a more filling meal or to cool down and balance a spicy soup and you will love it!

  • Reply Susie July 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Blue cheese burgers, corn on the cob and homemade baked beans.

  • Reply Loren July 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Grilled Shrimp Tacos with lots of homemade guacamole and a cold brew

  • Reply Phyllis July 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

    My favorite summer meal is all grilled – marinated chicken, asparagus, potatoes and corn – with grilled peaches and marscapone cheese for dessert – all done outside without heating up my kitchen!

  • Reply Tamika July 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

    My favorite summer meal includes salad with fresh greens and and fresh fruit.

  • Reply Joe July 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Pulled Pork slow cooked all day

  • Reply Stephanie Zheng July 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    My absolute hands down favorite summer meal is: Grilled fish or shrimp tacos with roasted poblano pepper and corn, garnished with avocado, chopped onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime! Paired with ice cold cerveza for the win!

  • Reply Caroline July 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve been doing plenty of stuff with fresh farmer’s market veggies and quinoa lately… take advantage of the season while you can!

  • Reply Hausfrau July 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Great giveaway! I think our current summer fave is grilled shrimp quesadillas, with lots of lime and avocado!

  • Reply Mary Thompson July 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I like it simple in the summer-Italian dressing marinated grilled chicken,pasta salad with sundried tomato dressing and corn on the cob. Just perfect

  • Reply Lee July 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love a simple sandwich with fresh tomatoes from the garden and slices of avocado. Yum!

  • Reply gwen July 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I once made grilled shrimp skewers with pepitas and queso fresco. YUM.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Kathleen Hendry July 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    My fav summer meal is baby back ribs and corn on the cob!

  • Reply Amber July 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Anything grilled. And it tastes even better if I am not the one doing the grilling!!

  • Reply Denise Wilson July 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Roasted tomatoes a garlic mixed with white balsamic, pasta and your choice of protein!

  • Reply Cassie July 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    My favorite summer meal is a nice marinated and grilled portabella cap with chevre and all the toppings on a sesame seed bun.

  • Reply Kristin July 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    No bake summer lasanga! Loads of veggies and super yummy!

  • Reply Allison July 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Mu favorite summer meal would definitely have to be some great barbecue. Ribs with lots of barbecue sauce corn on the cob(on the grill) and some good homemade coleslaw. Top it off with some Kentucky lemonade(bourbon and homemade lemonade sweetened with maple syrup). Yum.

  • Reply Alyc July 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    My favorite is grilled lime-marinated sockeye salmon and a fresh arugula salad on the side!

  • Reply Angela L. July 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I have really been loving a good bacon cheeseburger lately.

  • Reply Carly July 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I love fish tacos with an avocado, cilantro, lime salsa….or grilled pizza! : ) Thanks for the chance to win and sharing your recipes!

  • Reply Lisa July 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Swai ceviche with fresh tomatoes, sweet onions a little heat from jalapeΓ±o all piles on fresh grilled tortillas topped with avocado slices and of course mojitos

  • Reply Pia Bineau July 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Anything grilled is yummy! Being pregnant this summer, everything sounds especially good to me πŸ™‚

    My favorite would have to be simple grilled vegetables (squash, zucchini, eggplant, portabella mushrooms, peppers, artichokes, etc.) marinated in olive oil, balsamic and sea salt and eaten with cold, fresh mozzarella… mmmmmm!

    P.S. Have you ever tried grilled portabella mushrooms with melted chevre or borsin? To die for πŸ™‚

    Happy 4th!

  • Reply Grace July 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Anything with avocado! I love turkey slices with avocado, cracked pepper, and a dash of siracha. Perfect summer snack!

  • Reply Natalie July 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    It’s a hard one, but margherita pizza with an egg on top is hard to beat! And then some peach pie.

  • Reply sarah r. July 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    lime shrimp on the grill with peanut dipping sauce. yum!

  • Reply Amber July 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I love a great burger with caprese pasta salad and watermelon sorbet! Yum πŸ™‚

  • Reply Stephanie July 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Grilled hamburgers, grilled veggies and homemade ice cream

  • Reply Kathryn July 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Eggplant Parmesan with homemade tomato sauce. Classic but irresistible.

  • Reply Ashley B July 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Bread salad – a mixture of day-old bread, cherry tomatoes and basil with a balsamic dressing

  • Reply Jen July 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Skirt steak on the grill, sliced thinly, served over lettuce with black beans and avocados.

  • Reply Carrey July 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Taco chicken wings with creamy cumin-lime dressing, cut veggies, and guac. It’s hot here in Texas, and the spice and raw veggies combo helps.

  • Reply Kim July 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Chicken sammies on focaccia: walnut cilantro pesto, pepper jack cheese and garlic grilled chicken. Pile it all on the bread and toast in the oven until the cheese is melted- yuuuummmmm!

  • Reply Caroline July 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Grilled Greek chicken and salad!

  • Reply Lesley July 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    A few favorite summer meals…grilled veggies drizzled with tahini, a juicy burger with thick sliced tomato and onion, and a late summer caprese salad with basil from my garden. Mmmm…

    P.s. the book would be amazing!

  • Reply Ariana July 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Anything and everything off the grill!

  • Reply diana July 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    my favorite summer time meal is BBQ chicken, corn on the cob and watermelon! yum! :0)

  • Reply Dawn July 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Fresh boiled shrimp straight from the creek with homemade cocktail sauce with lots of horseradish sauce. Side of watermelon. Key lime pie for dessert.

  • Reply Marsha Lynne July 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Favorite summer meal…fresh fruit salad with as many fruits as are available at the time………so yummy

  • Reply Loretta July 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I love grilled cheeseburgers, roasted veggies, guac with chips, and watermelon. Wow, my mouth is watering!

  • Reply Kelly Holmes July 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Huevos Rancheros… the spice really helps beat the heat! Fry up some tortillas in a little butter, sprinkle a little cheese and onion, then crack an egg right on top and let it fry until set. Flip for one minute, then pull out of the pan and plop some black beans, cheese, and guac on top. Delicious!!!!

  • Reply amanda July 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    lemon spaghetti

  • Reply Marcia July 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Seafood bisque from the Clam Shack at the Bay Shore Ferry on Long Island, NY. That, combined with knowing that a fun beach weekend is just ahead just screams SUMMER!

  • Reply Jayne July 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Quinoa salad with grilled or fresh tomatoes, ribonned cucumber and a squeeze of lemon juice. Avocados would be lovely in this! We also had grilled salmon steak with a simple potato salad and fresh aragula on the side. Quick and simple. πŸ™‚

  • Reply lara July 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Arepas with pickled onions, queso fresco and butter with corn smothered in sriracha butter, cotija and cilantro!

  • Reply Kendra July 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    A tomato,mozzarella, and basil salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. YUM!!!

  • Reply Lauren July 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I love to make what I call a California Caprese – tomato, avocado, and burrata mixed with olive oil, vinegar, and lemon pepper. No heating of an oven required = cooler house in the summer πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kasey July 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I tried ceviche for the first time this summer, and it’s infinitely made this heat better! Guh, it’s so yummy. Would looove to have a good recipe for making it at home.

  • Reply Brittany July 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    A freshly made salad of spinach, red onion, shrimp, mango and avacado with a strawberry smoothie on the side! Yummo!!

  • Reply Michelle July 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/best-umami-hamburger-recipe/ This. Umami burger. A little bit of fish sauce really makes the burger shine. I like to add some cheese on there though!

  • Reply Masha July 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I love anything grilled, steak, vegetables – my new favorite thing to grill is cabbage πŸ™‚

  • Reply Elise July 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I just made a quinoa salad that I found on epicurious while I was looking for a way to use up cilantro from my csa (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Quinoa-with-Black-Beans-and-Cilantro-243392). sadly, it only used a half cup of cilantro and I have about 4 cups, but it is really good! I made a few modifications (TJ cuban black beans in place of the regular – unrinsed; I cooked the quinoa separately because I neglected to read the entire recipe; also added chopped scallions and snow peas because I had them on hand, and they add a nice crunch; and finally, added some lime zest and juice, again because it was on hand). the final result is really good and will definitely be providing lunch and maybe dinner for the rest of the week, perhaps with a chopped avocado as well. I think this one would be pretty tough to mess up.

  • Reply Ellie @ The Bitchin' Kitchin' July 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    My favorite summer meal has to have something to do with corn and bacon (of course!). I made a scalloped corn and bacon dish last summer that was to die for. I will definitely be making that again this summer.

  • Reply Adina July 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Bagels with cream cheese, pesto, and fresh tomatoes. Plus iced coffee. For dessert – Good Humor almond ice cream bars. Nothing could be more perfect.

  • Reply Emily July 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    SANGRIA!! it’s not a meal, but with all that fruit it could possibly fill you up…it’s my favorite beverage best made in the summertime πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alyssa July 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    My fave is fish tacos with nasturtium leaves and mango slices. Lots of cilantro of course!

  • Reply Emily C July 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Gazpacho! So easy and healthy.

  • Reply Jessica M July 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Mmm… carne asada tacos with fresh pico and guacamole!!

  • Reply melissa July 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    caprese salad and peach pie!

  • Reply Allison July 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    My favorite summer meal is a big salad with some feta crumbles, garlic tempeh, and chopped up apples. I’m loving this question – all the comments are giving me my menu for the summer πŸ™‚

  • Reply Narhee July 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    pico de gallo! or add quinoa to make it into a salad!

  • Reply Amanda July 5, 2012 at 4:37 am

    sushi! cool and light, perfect for those hot summer days.

  • Reply Melissa July 5, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Tomato and basil sandwich on toasted bread. There is nothing better!

  • Reply Katherine July 5, 2012 at 5:40 am

    For lunch, I love a bacon, avacado, and tomato sandwich– especially when the tomatoes come from my own garden and the bread is fresh! Delicious! For dinner, I like to make a garlic and tomato sauce to eat over pasta with fresh parmesan. Yum!

  • Reply Lisa Logan July 5, 2012 at 6:00 am

    A big juicy hamburgers, potato salad, and watermelon πŸ™‚

  • Reply lucy July 5, 2012 at 6:05 am

    My favourite summer meal is shrimp and pesto with pasta made by my dear friend Glenn…yummy! Fresh basil, makes it special!

  • Reply Krysi July 5, 2012 at 6:18 am

    BBQ chicken! With one of two options – fresh pasta salad with summer veggies or grilled corn/avacado tossed together… yummm

  • Reply Leah July 5, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Anything with pineapple and avocado!

    My current favorite is a perfectly grilled hamburger with white cheddar and a grilled slice of pineapple. Serve that with a yummy corn, black bean, and avocado salad. YUM!

  • Reply jaime July 5, 2012 at 6:48 am

    classic new england meal of steamers & lobstah!

  • Reply Lisa July 5, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Getting in just in the nick of time! My favorite summer meal is a burger and corn-on-the-cob cooked on the grill!

  • Reply Rebecca July 5, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Barbecued salmon and a light pasta salad!

  • Reply Grace July 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I like a soba noodle salad like this:

    or a grain salad like one of these:

  • Reply ellen July 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    A good steak, grilled corn on the cob and a garden fresh salad

  • Reply Christina July 5, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Grilled corn with basil butter!

  • Reply Nalani Tsue July 5, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Fruit salad, cous cous or quinoa, and grilled chicken sandwiches on fresh bolillo rolls with tomato, pesto, and provolone cheese. Yum!

  • Reply Theresa Sea July 5, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Probably black-bean tacos…but that might be because we just had them Tuesday for dinner. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nickie Rouleau July 5, 2012 at 8:32 am

    My favorite meal this summer so far has been chipotle salmon sliders. They are light and delicious!

  • Reply Annie July 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Would homemade ice cream count as a meal? lol

    If not, then my favorite summertime meal is any kind of pasta salad containing things not out of the ordinary. One year I was on an Oriental-style pasta salad with edamame, mandarin oranges and a touch of sesame oil. Or a seafood pasta salad with chunks of grilled salmon. Or even an antipasto pasta salad.

  • Reply leanna July 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

    My grandpa’s filet mignon, salad with pear, pistachio and goat cheese, grilled veggies (maybe corn with garlic rosemary butter)

  • Reply Michelle July 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Pasta salad

  • Reply Maggie July 5, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Favorite summer food is grilled kabobs and corn on the cob.. it rhymes.

    shrimp & chicken normally with pineapple, some peppers.. mmm good stuff!

  • Reply emily July 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Definitely a black bean burger with avocado and sweet potato fries!

  • Reply Betsy July 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Anything with Pesto- light and healthy and perfect for the heat!

  • Reply Marly July 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Anything grilled! Mostly, grilled corn, avocado and tomato salad topped with queso fresco, some grilled shrimp skewers and maybe a grilled s’more or peach.

  • Reply sara b July 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

    SALAD!! With mint and feta and tomatoes!

  • Reply Sherry D. July 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    BBQ chicken, large scrumptious salad and watermelon.

  • Reply Michelle Masciarelli July 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Chicken Tostadas, with lime, adobos sauce brown sugar, garlic, shredded green and red cabbage and thinly sliced radishes and finely black beans and cumin mashed and fried in oil all layered on a warm corn tortilla, ole!!!

  • Reply Nicole July 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Chunky salads with NO lettuce (ie avocado, sliced cherry tomatoes, corn kernels, croutons. With a balsamic dressing)

  • Reply Adrienne July 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Potato salad. In a bowl. Its a meal in its self

  • Reply Kelly July 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Bruscetta! Heavy on the garlic, with plenty of tomato and basil. So easy and delish!

  • Reply Sarah Campillo July 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Flank Steak and avocado πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kate July 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I can’t pick an all summer favorite, but right now the peas in my garden are amazing and the arugula’s out of control so I’ve been alternating
    1. browned butter and sage pasta with peas and caramelized onions
    2. eggs benedict salad – garden greens with pancetta, poached egg, lemon juice and a little pesto.

  • Reply Rachel H. July 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Those ice cube trays are so cute! I’d love to win!

  • Reply Lavi July 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    My favorite summer meal is Peach Basil Pizza, amazingly fresh and light!

  • Reply aimee July 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    anything cooked on the grill is a win in the summer for me. especially kebabs.

  • Reply Rocio July 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I think I missed the giveaway but my favorite summer meal is ceviche!

  • Reply sara July 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Anything from the BBQ. Ribs, tri tip, burgers!

  • Reply Amy July 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Maryland crabs and corn on the cob!

  • Reply Melissa July 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Red onions and apples in vinegar with goat cheese and sumac!

  • Reply Maria July 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long while but this is my first post. My favorite summer food in the whole wide world is ceviche with tons and tons of lime juice, cilantro, and avocado. I love ceviche so much — it reminds me of being at the beach back home, using the little packaged but sometimes mediocre crackers to help me consume the concoction. I love it so much! It’s light and refreshing.

  • Reply Alyse July 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Congrats on moving! I hope it went without the loss of any shoes this time!

    I have many favorite summer meals but right now I’m making a lot of pesto (so much basil!) and our csa is sending me gobs and gobs of squash and zucchini. So I’ve been doing panini with pesto, roasted squash/zucchini, a slice of havarti, and maybe some tomato. It’s a great lunch or a perfect dinner when served with some lightly dressed greens.

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake July 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    girl i NEED those ice cube trays! πŸ™‚ and my favorite summer meal … does sangria count as a meal? if you made sangria into popsicles would that make it food and thus make it a meal? ok well if that doesn’t count then i’m always down for a good fish taco on a patio with a beer in the summertime that would be my fave summertime meal

  • Reply stacey July 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    i love a good salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, vinegar, and basil.

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