Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TTT: Things I Wish I Had in my Fridge

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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SpitFire said...

Strawberries, blueberries, corn on the cob, peches. I agree salt & butter is all the corn needs! Grilled corn on the cob is awesome too!

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

Oh you're making me hungry! I love corn on the cob. I'm shocked that your children hasn't had one yet!!

twinsintally said...

You need to find some corn!! Noah has been on heaven ever since we started on corn this summer. He cleans his cobs better than the twins do!!

We also add grapes, and the grape tomatoes when we can. I have been getting green beans and just steaming them for about 10 minutes or so, and then giving the boys a little ranch dressing. Again, Noah eats them up! Broccoli is another good veggie steamed, and the small carrots. Put a little water and some brown sugar in the pot, and yes, my kids will eat them some carrots!

Our Publix down the road has a good produce section, so we are very lucky to find not only a good selection, but some good prices also. Corn this week is 12 for $2. You just can't beat that!!

Jen @ BigBinder said...

Oh my goodness... I miss fried green tomatoes! I never really learned how to cook them and moved to Michigan. Enjoy them for me.

Nicki said...

Raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Just happened on your blog and so funny... We are limited to grocery stores too. There is a local organic co-op but it was HUNDREDS to join and I couldnt afford it.

Crazy! I have found some good watermelon lately and have been buying that a lot. Yourre right it's just the best in summer - especially the seedless


Sandi said...

To find a good cantaloupe, smell the end (the little circle part that was attached to the plant)-- if you can smell a cantaloupe smell, that's the one for you!

Also, strawberries are really good dipped in sour cream and then brown sugar.

My tips for the day! :)

the Provident Woman said...

I now have a huge craving for watermelon and sweet corn