Friday Five: 5 Favorite Summer Fruits and Vegetables

I’m excited to link-up with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run again today! This week’s theme is my 5 favorite summer fruits and vegetables.Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 1.40.24 AM

Spoiler: It’s all about the fruit for me…alone, topped on oatmeal, or you know, in a pie. Whatever floats your boat.

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Slices from Pie Sister in Georgetown. I will bike for pie.
  1. Unquestionably, any kind of berry tops my list: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries. You name it. Different berries come into season during different parts of the summer, but I don’t discriminate. Raspberries, however, are my favorite. As a kid, it was my personal heaven when my mother would come home with them by the crate from our local market in Ohio. I ate them like candy! Still do. Don’t trust me to keep a carton safe. I also love picking them when I get the chance! One for me…one for the buckets 🙂
  2. Cherries also top the list. I was in the grocery store yesterday, and sadly a reasonable 2 lb bag was still approximately $16…let’s just say I’m waiting for in-season to hit so I can stock up. I might even try a pie this summer! My mother made such a killer cherry pie last summer that my sister and I begged for another before we’d finished the first. I think it lasted one day.
  3. Watermelon. I’m not really sure this one needs much explanation. It’s delicious, refreshing and pairs well alone or with any summer meal. Heck, I’ll eat half a mini watermelon with a spoon before I even get the chance to chop it nicely.
  4. Peaches. This is my favorite thing to sample at the farmer’s market, and I love picking up a few to take home.
  5. Last summer on a visit to NYC, I stumbled on a tiny restaurant that sold Mexican grilled corn. My friend ordered one and as soon as I had a bite of her, I was in line to buy my own. Making this is definitely on my summer to-do-list. Maybe this recipe?

What are your favorites? How do you love to eat them?



Recipe Share: Oh She Glows’ Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta

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This week I’m sharing one of my tried and true favorite meals: Oh She Glows’ Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta. It’s comforting, filling, vegan (but in a tastes-too-good-to-notice-a-difference kind of way), and it’s just as delicious the next day for lunch, which is very important for my work-day, leftover lunches. It’s actually one of the recipes that convinced me to buy the The Oh She Glows Cookbook (affiliate link), and for the record, it’s the only cookbook I own. I trusted the Amazon reviews I read, and I haven’t made anything I haven’t loved..and it’s all vegan?!

Fresh basil smells so. good.

This was also the first recipe to convince me to buy nutritional yeast (affiliate link) for that parmesan-like creaminess in the sauce, and I’m so glad I did. While it doesn’t sound tasty, it’s very similar to the yeast found in bread — it just doesn’t have any leavening properties. Most importantly, it offers a cheesy flavor! I love it with pasta and in soups, but I have been meaning to experiment with mac ‘n cheese. I have substituted parmesan for the ingredient when I don’t have it on hand, especially in someone else’s kitchen, but it’s delicious with it, so I figure why change it?


Also guys…I promise I’m going to start taking better food pictures, but as was the case last night, I was just ready to clean up the dishes and eat it! Mmmm.

What did you make for dinner last night? What are your favorite dinner meals?