Summer is soon coming to a close, and this means a few sad things in our house. The tomatoes will get less juicy, the grilling will get less frequent, and the baby pool will be packed away. As you might imagine each member of my family is disappointed in varying degrees by each event.
Like many foodies, summer is my favorite time of the year. From fresh okra fried to a crisp to blushing peaches put in pies, I love the food in the summer. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to my pumpkin bread in the fall, but it just isn't the same. And, like many backyard gardeners who dabble in growing my own food I am always sad when our small food patch slowly dries up into a brown shriveled ghost of its green past.
My herbs probably hurt the most of all. I so enjoy adding fresh rosemary to my potatoes or cilantro to my guacamole. And they are so expensive at the store for a small amount. So to send off summer properly, I like to use up every last bit I have on hand. Take these three salads as examples. I add chopped mint to the top of my fruit salad. I swirl in minced dill with my sour cream potato salad. And I mix in bits of basil in my last cucumber and tomato salads...those last few good tomatoes I can get my hands on that is.
How are you planning to use the of your summer herbs? Are you making pesto and putting it in the freezer for later? Or are you topping your best bruschetta with the final bits of parsley you find outside? Let me know below.