I may not be wild about super muggy weather that makes my hair big and frizzy, but I love the season of summer. I love that my girls are not on a super strict schedule and we can be outside more often. I also love that I can wear a different tee shirt every day.
Summer also inspires my creative sense. There is so much beautiful produce to enjoy, and not just for eating. From cherries to zucchini, food is my muse! I love coming up with different food pun tee ideas. They are printed locally by DIY printing in Walnut Hills. https://www.diyprintingshop.com/index.html Once printed, I spend at least one weekend a month at farmer’s markets and they are also placed in few small gift shops around the city including Jackson Whitacre, https://jacksonwhitacre.com/pages/contact-us Lamppost Cheese, http://lamppostcheese.com/ Kennedy Heights arts gift shop https://kennedyarts.org/ and the Civic Garden Center https://www.civicgardencenter.org/.
I am also proud to support Cooking for the Family in OTR, a program that helps those suffering food insecurity, learn to cook. https://www.sfsministries.org/our-ministries/cooking-for-the-family/ 10% of sales to go this program every quarter. Just $10 sponsors someone to take a 5-week cooking series. How cool is that?
Bada bing is my latest tee! Like the others, it is a soft, unisex gray tee that goes with pretty much anything. If you’re a cherry fan, you must treat yourself to one. https://soundbitesnutrition.com/product/bada-bing-short-sleeve-unisex-t-shirt/
Check out the other designs inspired by summer’s produce. You’re bound to find something you love to eat, and wear. https://soundbitesnutrition.com/shop
If you’ve ever had a conversation with me or have heard me speak, you’ll recognize that I really hate food waste. Brought up by 2 parents that lived through the Depression era, you didn’t leave a pea on your plate in my house. Did you know that 40% of the food in the US ends up in a landfill? That is unacceptable! I don’t want to contribute more food waste.
Our frig is often full of food because my husband and I both love to cook. But, we either make too much or I bring home what’s left from a food demo. You can typically find noodles, fruit, rice, beans or some other item just waiting to go bad. This morning, I decided to create something out of the chopped cucumbers and cilantro left from a Saturday class. I had a pineapple that was overdue to be cut and some watermelon, berries and grapes from last week. Here’s what transpired:
1 cup chopped cucumber (1/2 of a cucumber)
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 cup watermelon, cut into 1″ chunks
1/2 cup grapes
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Juice from 1 lime
1/2 tsp. honey
Place cucumbers, fruit and cilantro in a bowl and toss.
Whisk together lime juice and honey.
Drizzle over fruit, toss and serve.
Makes 8 (1/2 cup) servings.
I admittedly have a brown thumb and am not known for my gardening skills. We have minimal sun coupled with lots of deer, so the stars do not exactly align for a garden. But, if you give me a few crops, I’ll make you dinner!
I picked up a basil plant at my local hardware store and with the grace of lots of rain this season, it has thrived. I recently paired some cherry tomatoes with torn romaine, fresh spinach, basil and a simple dressing and VOILA! A new salad was born.
This salad can be made with any greens and other veggies can be added. I am a fan of kalamata olives and feta cheese, but bleu cheese would go well here, too.
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 cups torn romaine lettuce
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup pitted/chopped kalamata olives
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 red onion, cut into rings
1 handful washed, torn fresh basil
1/4 olive oil
1/4 balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt/pepper to taste
Place the greens, basil, onions, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar and mustard together. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Toss and serve.
Makes 4 servings.
I wrote this post on community gardens for Today’s Dietitian’s “RD lounge”. My mom had a tiny garden in our yard when I was a kid and I loved having fresh basil and tomatoes at our fingertips. Sadly, my yard is not conducive to gardening. We have a small, shaded plot of land that the neighborhood deer run through often.
If you’re not traditionally a gardener, this is a great place to meet people, start a plot and learn from other gardeners that know the ropes. Check out https://www.civicgardencenter.org/ in Cincinnati to find a community garden near you!
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