With summer officially here, I've been craving fresh produce. I haven't made it to the Farmer's Market, and we don't belong to a CSA group, so we're limited to what we can find in the supermarket.
Here is some fresh produce I really wish I had in my fridge:
1. Green beans - I got some decent fresh beans at the grocery store last week, and slow-cooked them in homemade chicken stock - YUM. Seriously - I think I could eat them every day.
2. Seedless watermelon - nothing beats a good, sweet, juicy watermelon. I look forward to introducing Wendy to the joys of outdoor watermelon-eating. Barefoot in the grass, juice dripping off elbows and chin - one of life's simple pleasures!
3. Cantaloupe - Wendy could eat cantaloupe until she can't hold any more. Unfortunately, I'm not the best cantaloupe picker-outer. I've got maybe a 60% chance of getting a good one, but only a 15% chance of getting a great one. Do you have any cantaloupe-choosing secrets to share?
4. Bicolor sweet corn - I love corn on the cob. A little butter, a little salt, and I'm in heaven. I don't think Wendy has ever had corn on the cob (FOR SHAME!!) and I know for sure that David hasn't. We'll remedy that as soon as I can find some good corn!
5. Green tomatoes - for frying, of course!
6. Ripe tomatoes - Mmmm...tomato sandwiches on toast with a little bit of mayo - heavenly!
7. Strawberries - my family LOVES strawberries! We get at least a pound every time we can, and they are always gone within 12 hours. They're great on waffles, in salad, on ice cream, or just alone, sprinkled with a little Splenda!
8. Peaches - when I was pregnant with David last spring, I craved peaches. James bought a few at the store and they smelled divine - sweet and juicy and peachy. They didn't taste that great, since it was way too early in the season, but OH! The smell was perfect!
9. Salad greens - I like a good salad, and I prefer it with crisp, nutrient-packed things. Dark greens, other-colored "greens," fancy, frilly, and fragrant, I like them all! (As long as I have tomatoes. Because a salad without tomatoes is just plain boring!)
10. Plums - the perfect plum is elusive, but it's worth the search. Tight, tangy skin, with a soft, juicy inside - they're just as yummy as they are good for you!
What are your favorite summer produce items?
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