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Monday, July 16, 2007

Favorite Moments of Summer 2007

The hot summer days are slipping away quickly, it's hard to believe summer is half over already! Here's yet another list of my favorite things experienced the past two months:

  • The sublime bruschetta at an italian restaurant named Biaggi's. The perfect balance between sweet tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. Similar to a Maggiano's...go if you're near one.

  • Experiencing the French Market downtown Wheaton every Saturday endless array of beautiful produce, freshly baked french pastries, breads (Great Harvest's monthly pizza bread is the current fav), jewelry, linens, flowers and more. Get your morning coffee and grab a pistachio chocolate chip roll from Suzette's booth, you can't go wrong.

  • Slipping into the pool after baking all afternoon in the sun. Thanks for being such a good napper for me Sam!

  • Learning how to grill the perfect burger on Father's Day: Start with ground chuck. Season well with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a TB of ketchup, don't overmix or pack as you form the patties. Place patties on a medium-hot grill (about 425-450 degrees) and grill with lid open for four minutes. Flip once patties release easily, close lid and grill for four more minutes. Check temperature, once they reach 150 degrees they are perfectly medium, juicy and delicious. Serve on freshly baked, brushed with butter and grilled, Breadsmith buns.

  • Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant. In one word: GO. Go now. Get a Sauzo Hornitas margarita on the rocks with salt, the chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce and gorge yourself on their fresh and hot chips and salsa. It really is as good as it sounds. Located right by P.F. Chang's, just past Yorktown.

  • Iced vanilla lattes in morning and a long walk under tall trees through the north side of town

  • Grilled Great Harvest Popeye bread, brush it with olive oil first.

  • Spending time and making conversation in the shade with precious great grandparents. It is so wonderful to have them close by and a special blessing that Sam will know them!

  • Summer berries and produce in general. I am currently obsessed with white nectarines and blueberries

  • Corn. Corn corn corn corn corn. Corn on the cob, corn in salads with tomatoes and basil, corn all the time, anywhere. Corn.

  • Picnic suppers from Fox and Obel and weekend concerts at Millennium Park with city friends. The perfect setting for a great meal and good wine.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So happy that you are blogging again! And thank you for the list (T. Joe's).....gotta go right now tho' Uncle Julio's!! Is he a relative of yours? ;)