Monday, June 13, 2011

When I think of summer foods...

I immediately think of fresh herbs and everything grilled. Not to say you can't have fresh herbs in the winter, but I don't bring them in the house for the winter so if I want them, I buy them.
Summer is, by far, my favorite time of year to cook. Today I made a delish caprese salad with fresh mozzarella balls, fresh basil, tomatoes, some red onions(not too many, or else Matt wouldn't eat it), a little bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It's so easy and it tastes so fresh!

I picked up some bone-in center cut pork chops at Country Peddler this afternoon and was soooo excited to grill them. All I did was brush some evoo on them, salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Simplicity is best when it comes to grilled food in my opinion.
They cooked for about 12-15 minutes on medium/low heat. I'm working on my grill lines. I remember watching a show on how to get the best grill lines (yes, a show on grill lines and I watched it). The pork chops were so juicy and good:). The salad gave me horrible breath from the onions but was so worth it!
In other food related news- I finally got my produce bags!!!! I ordered them from Love for Earth on Etsy on the 1st. Shipping was estimated at 4-8 days. I was planning on e-mailing to make sure my order didn't get lost today if they didn't come. But here they are! I can't wait to use them. Of course I picked up most of my produce today at C.P. but oh well.


  1. Your food photos look great!!! Delicious. :) Eric told me reusable produce bags were going too far, but I like em- I think I might make some from a blog I saw. Can't wait for dessert recipes!

  2. Thanks Liane! I'm sure they are really easy to make..I'm just lazy and not crafty in the sewing department. These were only $11 I think, for the set of 4.

  3. I love caprese salad and I always forget about it! And I'm impressed that you grill yourself, Mike is always the one who grills here.

  4. i'm so happy to hear that i'm not the only one who uses reusable produce bags! i got mine at target, 5 for $5!

  5. A week after I ordered these I went to Target and saw the 5 for $5 ones there. I was a little bummed out about the $ but figured at least it was going towards someone who does all the work herself.