Moving to Denver changed my love for the seasons. Spending the majority of my life in humid climates I hated the bitter winters and sweltering summers, loving the in-between of spring and fall. The Denver climate has allowed me to appreciate the beauty of the depths of summer and winter. When each season starts to usher itself in, I jump for joy!
And if you've known me for any amount of time, you know that the way I like to celebrate is with food ... so here is a round up of a few of my favorite recipes that usher us into summer.
When things are hot outside I like to be able to pull something delicious and cool out of the fridge for lunch. No one wants a hot kitchen to add to the mix on a sweltering day. Here is a recipe from one of my all time favorite blog heroes. While this recipe is only available in her cookbook, there are plenty drool worth summer recipes on her blog. This crunchy, sweet and creamy salad is an unexpected balance of flavors. If you are on the seasonal veggie train, she has a recipe that makes just about every vegetable the star of the show.
I first met Ana of Rosemary & Rye at our Calligraphy workshop this past February. She has a blossoming food blog with loads of colorful and healthy recipes, photos, and tips. This berry based dessert is at the top of the list for an easy & light treat that would be perfect for one or for a crowd.
Our recent grill purchase has opened up a whole new world of easy week night dinners. Firing up the grill and cooking up good meat and veggies has literally never been easier. But as much as I love my go-to dishes, this corn takes the cake. It's grilled to perfection and then smothered in aioli, cotija, spices, cilantro and lime. Definitely a must try for this summer season.
Margaritas and carnitas tacos may as well be the theme to my summer. Tacos are always a hit for a crowd but making a big batch of carnitas for yourself is just as enjoyable. I'm a huge fan of leftovers and you can throw them in anything from omelets to salads to sandwiches. Win win win!
When it comes to all things bread, there isn't anyone I trust must more than Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery. This recipe is perfect for a Mediterranean side with labneh and hummus, as a pizza crust, or stuffed to the brim with chicken salad. Make a few ahead of time, and you're set all week long.
And last but not least, if you're struggling to put together a summer menu for a few friends, look no further than this throw back post to 2014. It's got everything you need for a kick ass dinner on the patio.