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2003/05/22 12:48:59 (permalink)

Favorite Summer Dish

Since we are starting the summer season what is your favorite summer dish? For me it is Salads, brusting with whatever wonderful vegies I found in the garden that evening.
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    seafarer john
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 13:22:27 (permalink)
    Summer dish: Corn on the cob with butter.
    Beefsteak tomato still warm from the garden with
    mayo or simple oil and vinegar and fresh basil.
    Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and pears,
    in that order through the season.
    Homemade ice cream.
    A dozen varities of leaf lettuces from our garden.
    Nasturtium leaves (and flowers).
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    kland01s
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 14:20:57 (permalink)
    Beefsteak tomatoes with a slice of mozzarella, a little olive oil and basil. I don't like to cook on the really hot days, I'll make tabouli or a salad or get smoked fish from the market
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 14:24:41 (permalink)
    Seafarer John,
    I agree with your choice of corn & red ripe tomato fresh from the garden but I need a big pile of steamed crabs to complete that picture
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 14:38:27 (permalink)
    I love the outdoor crawfish boils in the summer. We just went one last weekend for my nephew's graduation party.

    Crawfish, boiled in spices with corn on the cob and potatoes, and the whole mess dumped on newspaper covered picnic tables under big ol shade trees. Pour up the beer and everyone dive in!
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 14:49:45 (permalink)
    Fried clams!
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 15:05:51 (permalink)
    My okra fried, my tomatoes sliced (Grainger County style), garden salad outta my garden consisting of leaf lettuce, shallots, onions, radishes, baby carrots with a little oil and vinegar, salt and pepper and fried Tennessee Cornbread, cucumber-pasta salad.

    I could do that every day of the year.

    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 15:19:26 (permalink)
    Summer means-
    Tomato slices, thick, dripping and sweet with acid. OR Sweet 100's Cherry Tomato's in a Bunch like grapes.
    Green and hot peppers ready for picking in June, July, and later if things work out ok in the garden.
    Strawberries, starting now and lasting for several weeks, This is a good year for berries.
    Summer cookout/Potlucks...I do the meat in my cooker/smoker..The family brings the trimmings. Favorite item for me is the Pork Shoulder/Butt after 8 hours on the BBQer. Favorite "trimming" are the various forms of Potato Salad that seem to come from all sides in the family.
    Our blackberry and raspberry rows are in their second season so production will be low, but in another year or two our berry activity in the summer will improve.
    Rhubarb sauce, chilled, over ice cream or pound cake
    That's enough for now.

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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 15:25:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    Summer means-
    Tomato slices, thick, dripping and sweet with acid. OR Sweet 100's Cherry Tomato's in a Bunch like grapes.
    Green and hot peppers ready for picking in June, July, and later if things work out ok in the garden.
    Strawberries, starting now and lasting for several weeks, This is a good year for berries.
    Summer cookout/Potlucks...I do the meat in my cooker/smoker..The family brings the trimmings. Favorite item for me is the Pork Shoulder/Butt after 8 hours on the BBQer. Favorite "trimming" are the various forms of Potato Salad that seem to come from all sides in the family.
    Our blackberry and raspberry rows are in their second season so production will be low, but in another year or two our berry activity in the summer will improve.
    Rhubarb sauce, chilled, over ice cream or pound cake
    That's enough for now.




    Mr. Mayor, do you mind if we come over for your feast you just described.

    My raspberries, black berries and gooseberries are also in the second year of production. My fig tree (I am not sure if it is a tree or bush?) is in its third. I do a mean fig salad.

    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 15:56:54 (permalink)
    Frog legs, fresh out of the pond, and pan-fried with only flour, oil, salt, and pepper.

    Fred Sauceman
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 16:01:01 (permalink)
    Corn on the Cob, Hardshell Crabs, fried clams, Lobster roll, Lobster, homemade potato salad...they're all my favorites.
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 16:02:43 (permalink)
    Fresh Dungeness crabs are an other favorite.
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 16:09:29 (permalink)
    boiled lobster, steamers, local corn and tomato slices and any good beer preferably consumed at a picnic table near the ocean.
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 16:43:57 (permalink)
    Corn on the cob..
    The return of farmer's markets (we have 3 good ones locally)
    Ice Cold watermelon
    Cold Crisp Nectarines
    Having nearly every meal off the grill!
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 17:14:29 (permalink)
    I won't try to give all the details of the FAST TIME-SLOW TIME issue here in the Louisville area. We are at the far western edge of Eastern Daylight Time Zone. It means that now (in mid-May) it is still daylight after 9pm...and next month I will be able to sit on the deck and read without lighting at10pm. The long days have a big influence on our mealtime schedule. Summer 'supper' after 8pm becomes a normal activity. Working backwards, that makes an Mid-afternoon snack an important stop for the day.
    That's why a 4pm walk thru the tomato patch, to fetch up several red ones, becomes important
    A trip to the neighborhood Ice Cream Stand is an acceptable substitute!!!
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 17:19:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    I won't try to give all the details of the FAST TIME-SLOW TIME issue here in the Louisville area. We are at the far western edge of Eastern Daylight Time Zone. It means that now (in mid-May) it is still daylight after 9pm...and next month I will be able to sit on the deck and read without lighting at10pm. The long days have a big influence on our mealtime schedule. Summer 'supper' after 8pm becomes a normal activity. Working backwards, that makes an Mid-afternoon snack an important stop for the day.
    That's why a 4pm walk thru the tomato patch, to fetch up several red ones, becomes important
    A trip to the neighborhood Ice Cream Stand is an acceptable substitute!!!


    Al, since consumptions of delectables are important to you, have you considered moving to Alaska for the summer? If you did that, you would have day light for most of the day and you would have more opportunities for snacks. In addition you would have some great salads and enjoy some of those 100lb cabbages in the Matanuska Valley, the garden spot of Alaska.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 17:22:14 (permalink)
    A peach the size of a softball, bought at the orchard, leaning against the car you dig in, when you bite into it the juice just pours down your chin & hand
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 17:42:35 (permalink)
    Early Summer, Strawberries and Vanilla Ice Cream
    Mid Summer, Corn & Butter, Red Haven Peaches, More Ice Cream
    September, Tomato Heaven ! Crisp Bacon, Lots of Mayonnaise
    Ever Have Tomato Ice Cream ?
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/22 17:50:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by pigface

    Early Summer, Strawberries and Vanilla Ice Cream
    Mid Summer, Corn & Butter, Red Haven Peaches, More Ice Cream
    September, Tomato Heaven ! Crisp Bacon, Lots of Mayonnaise
    Ever Have Tomato Ice Cream ?


    Nice selection Pigface. Tomato Ice Cream? I guess you can make ice cream with many ingredients. Mom use to use cantelope ice cream, Northing like summer ice cream with the rock salt and ice using the handcrank and letting it age with a towel on top.

    Please describe the ice cream using the tomato. Nothing like a little acidity with the ice cream!!!!!

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/23 08:25:17 (permalink)
    To me, summer means vine-ripened tomatoes, tomatoes, and tomatoes.
    Making homemade ketchup and savoring the first french fry dipped into it...getting out the big baking pan to make a whole baked bluefish...blue crabs cooked in beer...peach crumb pies and grilled stuffed peaches...cutting corn off the cob for big pots of chicken corn soup...sitting in the back yard shelling peas and watching the birds and chipmunks...and all too soon, summer's over.

    But it's OK because by then I'll be thinking about Ida Red apples, pumpkin bread, fresh cider, black walnuts....
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/23 14:14:28 (permalink)
    Eggplant and zucchini off the grill
    cherry tomatoes sauteed with coarse sea salt and balsamic vinegar
    green onions, small cukes, beefsteak tomatoes and a salt shaker
    picking salad 5 minutes before you need it
    assigning the duty of getting the sweetest corn from various farm stands to guests and having a contest, trying to not mix them up
    fresh shucked peas with proscuito in cream
    peaches that make you change clothing
    making rumtopf with the berries

    Cheers
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/23 21:32:36 (permalink)
    Strawberries and homemade strawberry jam (just made 6 jars)
    Sweet corn on the cob with herb butter (from my herb garden)
    Cherries, peaches and nectarines
    Bread and butter pickles.
    Chicken, steaks and hamburgers on the grill
    Homemade ice cream
    S'mores
    My potato salad and pasta salad with fresh vegetables.
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/23 23:26:03 (permalink)
    I will find the Tomato Ice cream Recipe, get back this weekend ...
    It's for late in the year, when your mouth is sore from all the acid
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/24 01:32:05 (permalink)
    Fried Anything........................
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/26 09:24:52 (permalink)
    I love freshed picked tomato sandwichs on white bread (about the only time I use white bread) with lots of mayo and salt and pepper.

    I also like Liverwurst with a big slice of Vidalia onion on wheat or rye with mayo.

    As for vegetables, I love fresh corn, cucumbers, squash, radish's and spring onions also the above mentioned tomatoes cut in quarters with salt and pepper and sometimes a big dollop of tuna salad or chicken salad !!!

    Summer is also the time for fresh watermelon, cantelopes, peaches and scuppernongs (muscadines).
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/26 09:35:10 (permalink)
    We alway make a cucumber salad with the first cukes out of my garden. Sort of a tradition that goes back farther than I can remember. We use maccaroni, cucumbers, boiled eggs, scallions and a little may along with hot fresh Tennessee cornbread.

    We serve it with fresh tomatoes out of the garden which generally fake Grainer county, roma and beefsteak.

    Grainger County tomatoes in East Tennessee are a little like Vidalia onions as they are a county close to Knoxville that claim that their tomatoes are the best due to the soil composition. I do not know if that is true, but they are good.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/26 11:09:35 (permalink)
    Tomatoes cut into thick, juicy slices and sprinkled with chopped basil, or topped with fresh tuna salad.

    Strawberries, especially when they have been made into a pie with a little sweetened cream cheese spread on the crust before filling.

    Peaches and blueberries together, fresh or cooked into a cobbler.

    Sweet corn cooked on the grill, preferably served with grilled bratwurst with saurkraut and a good beer mustard.
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/26 21:28:51 (permalink)
    Scbuzz: Right on with the fresh thick slice of tomato on any kind of white bread and a generous dollop of mayo - nirvana!

    People really eat scuppernongs? i thought they were only used to make an awful kind of wine substitute...
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/26 23:41:24 (permalink)
    raw sweet corn, with softened Plugra butter and coarse salt (Malden is extra-nice)

    nectarines, warm from the orchard

    line-caught Chinook salmon, grilled rare, with very cold, very dry pink wines of France or Spain

    huckleberry fool (lightly poached huckleberries, sweetened slightly and mixed half-and-half by volume with whipped heavy cream)


    chicken salad sandwiches with grape and scallions on pita bread in the park, with a bottle of Sancerre.

    fresh strawberry pie, with a diner-style red glaze

    sliced brisket, with beans, potato salad, white bread and a cold, dry Riesling (seriously, you'll never do beer with BBQ again after you try it with the Navarro or Bonny Doon Rieslings)

    Eric
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    RE: Favorite Summer Dish 2003/05/27 08:25:13 (permalink)
    Seafarer-John,

    I guess you really don't eat scuppernongs .... you basically suck the insides out and then spit out the seeds (I swallow the seeds though ). The outside skin is so thick that you are not about to eat it. I have a scuppernong vine at my house and they are the sweetest things you have ever tasted.

    My father once made wine out of scuppernong's and to be honest, I have had vinegar that tasted better
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