Thursday, July 27, 2017

Think Write Thursday

The Think Write Thursday topic for today is to share your favorite summer meal ideas, including recipes if applicable. Are you all about the grill? Or maybe you prefer salads. Do you use your crockpot a lot in the summer? Or would you rather have sandwiches? Tell us what you're eating and tell us how you prepare it!

For me, summer meals are all about the garden and the grill. I go out and check the garden first thing in the morning, pick whatever is ready, and prepare it as simply as I can. Meatless meals and salads would be fine with me, but John thinks a meal without meat is just a snack, so I also do easy things on the grill for him -- sausages, hamburgers, or chicken.

Our garden vegetables provide many of the things I find most enjoyable about summer, both the taste and variety. Sometimes I make zucchini in a crustless quiche,

sometimes cucumbers sliced in vinegar,

and almost always string beans, just steamed.

This evening it's stuffed peppers.

One of my best summer recipes doesn't involve the garden, but is grill-related. I don't remember where I originally got this recipe, but I've been using it for more than 25 years, and it is exactly what the title says, Very Good Marinade.

I almost always marinate ribeye steaks in it, but just last week I tried it on chicken and it was indeed, very good.

I'm looking forward to reading (and trying!) some other great summer recipes. What are you cooking and eating this summer?

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  1. Great minds think alike - garden and grill for the win! And cucumbers in vinegar!

  2. Garden and grill for sure! Everything looks SO good. Are those peppers from your garden?

  3. That quiche is going on my list right now!! Yum.

  4. I am a big fan of cucumbers - especially in the summer

  5. That quiche looks so good and GMTA - we are having stuffed peppers tonight too!

  6. I think we eat very similarly, although most of the time we use the grill as our oven/stove. Usually, I do cucumbers in rice wine vinegar with a little sugar, toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. I have found a few GF recipes for zucchini pie and I'm going to give that a pie!

  7. I am more of a salad girl than a grill girl. I used to cook on the grill a lot, but I don't do it much anymore. One of my favorite ways to use tomatoes and cukes is to combine chopped tomatoes, cukes, and sliced onions in italian vinaigrette. Yummy, and it will keep for a day or two for a quick side. Thanks for the marinade recipe!

    1. I just used all my cucumbers yesterday and am anxiously waiting for more tomatoes to ripen, but when they do, I'll be trying them your way. Thanks!

  8. well I'm making that quiche today.... thanks!!!

  9. thank you so much for the quiche recipe - I looked around for one the last time you shared a photo of it and I'm happy to have yours!


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