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Making Summer Lists, Eating Summer Foods

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May is such a month of grand expectations. I am already making a mental list of the things that I must do this summer: road trips, roasted corn, river days, wooded hikes, watermelon messes, farm visits, wine tastings, picnics, camping, barbecues. I love that summer is the season during which leisure is not only encouraged but celebrated. So much smart thinking has emerged on the value of experience, rather than stuff, making a life worthwhile, making us happier, more gratified. So, friends, let’s make lists of all the essential, wonderful, leisurely things that need doing this summer. And let’s hold ourselves to it. I’m pretty convinced we’ll be happier for it.

And because I am ridiculously excited about summer eating, too, I’ve been making some summery dishes over on Etsy:

Vegetarian Fajitas

Chopped Salad

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  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - May 11, 2012 - 11:26 am

    May is my favorite month… well, after September (my birthday month), of course. I am such a fan of spring and all the wonderful things it has to offer.

    I can’t believe summer will be here soon. Where has the year gone?ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - May 11, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Summer is coming! I got burnt to a crisp at the pool yesterday, which really made it feel like summer. :) Love the idea of a summer list, and I’m off to make one now!ReplyCancel

  • Cookie and Kate - May 11, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    Vegetarian fajitas?! Gimme those. I’m really looking forward to the summer, to NYC, to meeting you! Happy weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn Dimmick - May 11, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Summer list 2012

    1) Go to France
    2) Swim in open water every chance I get
    3) 4th of July barbecue at Daniel and Deborah’s
    4) Make pesto (repeat as necessary)
    5) Dry tomatoes (repeat as necessary)
    6) Make David Lebovitz’s tomato tart again.
    7) Eat Greek salad frequently
    8) Buy Frog Hollow peaches
    9) Pick blackberries (repeat as necessary)
    10)Make ice cream
    11)Make watermelon candy
    12)Make homemade cola syrup.ReplyCancel

  • Marissa | Pinch and Swirl - May 11, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    I like your summer list – hooray for roasted corn and wooded hikes! Also, the chopped salad looks fantastic. I might add some leftover farro to it and call it dinner!ReplyCancel

  • ryan - May 11, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    can someone please go to and click on an ad? it would be great and help yourself to recipes! (you don’t have to buy anything on the ad, just click it and go back to the blog)
    - thank youReplyCancel

  • Lynda - May 11, 2012 - 5:44 pm

    That salad looks fabulous. I could dive into it right now.ReplyCancel

  • nicole franzen - May 13, 2012 - 6:01 am

    Yay for Summer! I soak every bit of it upReplyCancel

  • renee - May 13, 2012 - 11:42 am

    I love making lists for my favourite season too – so much to look forward to and savour. And the food – especially if it’s fresh picked from my garden – is the best thing ever. Happy summer to you!ReplyCancel

  • noelle - May 20, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Hi Kimberley! Thanks for the summer list-making prompt. I want to eat/bathe in as much watermelon as possible. Can’t wait for that.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - May 31, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    I just moved to the East Coast from San Francisco (Brooklyn, to be exact). I will miss the cherry picking out in Brentwood, and hikes in Marin, and Sonoma wine tasting to be sure. But I definitely won’t miss SF summer weather! ;)ReplyCancel

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