Currently I’m packed into a little moving box squashed between beach bags, tennis rackets, golf clubs, suitcases, and my family. There’s also a basil plant sitting between my feet—but that’s a long story. We’ve listened to every song known to man, the swish of passing cars, and the hum of a snoring pug.
And we’re almost there.
If you’ve spent much time on our blog or in my home, you know that Heidi Swanson is my food hero. I quickly became enamored several years ago when I borrowed her cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, from a good friend. This is still my most-used and most well-loved cookbook—and I frequently find myself navigating to Heidi’s blog when I need a new, quick food fix.
I love how Heidi takes a handful of ingredients, often ones we don’t find next to each other in a recipe, and creates magic. This recipe represents this touch well—the first time I made it I kind of shrugged my shoulders as I tossed it together, we’ll see!
It’s not over yet. We still have a few weeks left of summer… there’s still time for daytrips to the shore, pop-up beer gardens, and flying down the highway with the windows down belting out Hanson songs with your friends...
- Ben Capps
I come from a family of mosquito slapping, chicken raising, back porch sitting, kombucha tea sipping, rowdy hymn singers. We lived our summer months on the planks of wood outside out back door. In fact, to this day, when I visit in the summer my mother sets up a bed for me out on the porch. She knows full well that there is a slim chance of me sleeping indoors.
- Adam Lorenz
Life is busy one way or another. Sometimes it’s simply just been a long week and we’re ready for the weekend - that feeling of pages between your fingers or a slight refreshing breeze on your face… and that is the only soundtrack we need. Still, there are other times we need music alongside us, songs that are familiar and actually allow us to engage the present in a manner that simply feeds the soul in those dry times.
- Jen Wise
Chances are if you’ve been to my house during the summer, you’ve had this salad. Once the weather warms up I just can’t get it enough. Plus, it’s super easy to prep, making it perfect for entertaining on days when you’d rather spend more time in the sun and less time in the kitchen.
- Paula Sobolewski and Jen Wise
Every summer we make the pilgrimage back to my hometown. Traverse City, MI… the kind of place where you’ll walk the farmers market, play tennis, drink amazing local coffee, hit the shops downtown, take the wrangler out to the beach, kayak up a river, and eat&drink at sidewalk cafés late into the night… all in the same day. It’s heaven on earth. It’s a summertime paradise. It’s home.
- Bryon Morgan
I believe it was the mariachi trumpeting that woke me up. I should have listened to my friends earlier that day as we breakfasted along the Sea of Cortez. They thought my drink had been poisoned by the restaurateur- but I imbibed it anyway. They were right.
The day’s journey later, I was dizzy, incoherent, and supping at a mariachi steakhouse. Apparently I passed out on a visit to the men’s room, revived only by the blaring sound of Mexican folk music.
- Paula Sobolewski
Fresh beets are showing their ruddy faces at Farmers Markets right now. They make a delicious salad when roasted and combined with naval oranges. Arrange both on a platter and drizzle with our light, citrus dressing. Scatter fresh herbs (I used mint) and crumbled feta on top, and finish with some fresh cracked pepper. A simple, fresh summer salad. Enjoy!
- Jen Wise
If you’re looking for a simple grilled meal, this is for you. With little prep and little mess (everything is cooked right on the grill) you’ll be feeling as free and easy as summertime itself. And I’m not sure there’s a much better taste than mushrooms hot off the grill! Stock up a few ingredients and pull this recipe out when you want to savor every bit of your warm sunny evening while still enjoying a great meal!