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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Sweet Tastes of Summer

What are your favourite summer tastes? Of course I would have to say ice cream..... fresh veggies straight from the garden (raw peas being my fav, with carrots and beets running a close second)... but one of my most fav tasty treats would be fresh raspberry pie.. Oh yummmyyy. Give me raspberry pie over strawberry shortcake ANY day... My mouth salivates just thinking about it. We have our own raspberry patch; Wayne and I share it, and since he won't be doing any picking this year, I'm going to be busy. I have already picked a few quarts, and made the first pie. It looks to be a bumper crop, so I'm going to be kept busy the next few weeks trying to keep ahead of the picking... I'll do one more pie and then the rest will go in the freezer. I sent 2 pieces of pie down to Wayne on Sunday with my sister-in-law who has faithfully been traveling down to SJ to visit him every day - she said he just inhaled them... maybe that's why he's feeling better and is coming home today!
Another garden favourite in our house is fresh leaf lettuce dressed with cream and vinegar. I don't know if this is something my mother "invented", or if it's an old Maritime thing, or what... I've never come across anyone else who does this when I've talked about it. Here's the "recipe" : fresh leaf lettuce, washed and dried - I pick about 40 good sized leaves. After washing, place in salad bowl, tearing leaves in half or more, if large. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and white sugar, then drizzle with cream and white vinegar. Toss and serve. It is sooo good... We're having some for supper.
This evening I have to do some berry picking, then plan to work on my NYC wallhanging.. Tata for now.


To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.


GailM. said...

I love the tastes of summer too. I'm loving all the string beans that are just available. I'm so sad that all the strawberries are done. Next month blueberries!! Yum, can't wait!

I'm anxious to see your NY piece.

Wendy said...

Oh Linda I have to agree with you 100% about raspberry pie! Give me raspberry pie over strawberry shortcake any day. As a young girl I remember saying to mom,"If I go out and pick some raspberries will you make a raspberry pie."
The raspberries I grew up with were wild ones. Something else that goes along with it is the smell...ahh. Inhale the scent of a bowl of fresh raspberries. Now that says summer. I can understand how a slice of your homemade pie made Wayne feel better. Hope he recovers quickly.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that Wayne is on his way home. Thanks also for all your beautiful pictures. Linda G

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