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The 10 Commandments of Summer Cooking!

There are so many ways to mark each new season, but we love celebrating by digging into the fresh produce that each season brings. In the summer, that means grilling, dining outside and cooking recipes full of our summer favorites— tomatoes, corn, peaches and more.

Summer comes and goes so quickly that I never feel like I’m taking full advantage of those magical months. Time is short, and this season in particular seems so fleeting. This year I’m planning on following these 10 Commandments of Summer Cooking, so I don’t look back in October and remember I never had an ice cream sundae when it was hot out.

The 10 Commandments of Summer Cooking!

1. Thou Shalt Give in to the No-Cook Summer Supper

Summer is the very best time to be a lazy cook. Make big salads for dinner that don’t involve any heat, make big pitchers full of drinks to cool off, and eat all the popsicles imaginable.

2. Thou Shalt Turn Wine into Sangria

It’s your duty this summer to transform a cheap bottle of wine into delicious sangria. It’s an easy, boozy drink you can make for a bunch of people that almost everyone will love. All that summer fruit that’s about to go bad? Put it in your beverage.

3. Thou Shalt Attempt to Make Pie From Scratch

Summer is pie season. While you should try to avoid opening the oven this summer, pie should definitely be the exception. If you’re new to making pie, go for something classic like strawberry-rhubarb.

4. Thou Shalt Try to Preserve All Thy Bounty

Turn all your leftover berries into jam, and freeze your herbs in olive oil so you can use them to cook in the colder months. And that batch of fresh tomatoes you received? Save some of those for a simple tomato sauce.

5. Thou Shalt Serve Salad with Every Meal

The best time for salad is in the summer. Take fresh greens and toss them with a bunch of vegetables, some cheese (maybe), some hunks of dried bread (if you want), and a simple vinaigrette. I dare you to eat salad for breakfast.

6. Thou Shalt Grill Whenever Possible

No grill at home? No problem. If you can’t nudge your friends to let you take over theirs for a night, head to the park and make a day of it. Nothing is off limits here! Grilled meat, grilled salad, grilled dessert – make it all.

7. Thou Shalt Turn Summer Fruit into Easy Desserts

Berries are the best thing to happen to the lazy baker. Throw some on top of some angel food cake with some whipped cream and you have something to brag about.

8. Thou Shalt Make Lemonade from Scratch

Lemonade in powder form is great, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something extra special about making lemonade from scratch. Trying roasting your lemons for extra flavor, or adding a dollop of jam into your mix for “pink” lemonade.

9. Thou Shalt Find Simple Ways to Enjoy Corn, Tomatoes, and Watermelon

Turn these popular ingredients into an easy weeknight meal as much as possible. Grill some corn and slather it with butter or cheese and lime. Eat a tomato the size of your face with some mozzarella and basil.

10. Thou Shalt Master the Ice Cream Sundae

Ice cream cones are great and all, but ice cream sundaes are the real jackpot. Go all out with the hot fudge, caramel, and cherries. Add a banana into the mix if you want to get traditional.

Just because we’re not in the mood to fire up the oven to make brisket in the summer doesn’t mean we’re off the hook when it comes to warm weather meals. Nope, when it comes to summertime, there are definitely some classics that just taste best when homemade. These fun, easy Asian Barbecued Chicken and Veggie Skewers are sweet, sticky – with a touch of heat. They never fail to bring rave reviews!

Happy Summer from all of us here at The Farmer’s Market!

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