It seems especially cruel to post a roundup of summer recipes on a muggy, cloudy day in Portland, Oregon. My heart knows that it’s summer, but my eyes tell me otherwise. It’s all doom and gloom today, folks.
But, whether or not it actually feels like summer in Portland, the truth is that it is summer. We’re coming upon the 4th of July weekend, and (fingers crossed!) the forecast looks downright delightful. I couldn’t be happier. I plan on spending a lot of time in the sunshine, eating bratwurst, grilling asparagus, drinking sangria, and having a darn good time. That’s what freedom is all about, right?
So, then, since I’m getting into the spirit of things I thought I’d post a few of my favorite summertime recipes. These are recipes that I keep going back to, again and again (and again). I discovered each of these recipes last summer, and I will admit that I’ve been thinking about them ever since. It was a long and dreary winter, and I am so excited that summer – and all of the seasonal produce that comes with – has arrived. It’s been a long wait, but it’s worth it.
So, happy summer everyone!
My Favorite Summertime Recipes
(Listed Clockwise from the Top Left)
1. Slow Cooker Carnitas
2. 24 Hour Dill Pickles
3. Cabbage Slaw with Fennel, Apple, and Jalapeno
4. Potato Salad with Yogurt, Arugula and Dill
5. Strawberry and Goat Cheese Hand Pies
6. Smashed Pea and Mint Pesto
Happy 4th of July!