Midsummer has a magic all its own. As my friend and neighbor Marilyn and I walk around the neighborhoods where we live, we are in awe of the beautiful butterflies, gorgeous gardens and luscious lawns. At this time of year, the trees are bursting with chlorophyll and the gardens are bursting with color. We see every shade of green in the trees and grass and every color in the rainbow in the flowers. We like to walk early in the morning, before the sun becomes so hot that walking is not pleasant. The early morning rays are low in the sky, adding their dappled brilliance to the flowers on the lawns as the rays peak through the leaf-laden trees.
My midsummer menus reflect the bounty of the summer, with so many foods perfectly delicious uncooked. Actually, I find there is also something magical about enjoying summer foods “in the raw.” After all, Mother Nature has provided us with a vast array of foods that need not be cooked to be enjoyed, in particular, fruits and vegetables. Long before fire was discovered, I am sure humans existed on berries, nuts, and greens.
Actually, when the weather gets really hot, my oven goes on strike and my stove wants to work only part time. So the recipes for July-August will use no heat. If you click on Kitchen Nutrition with Recipes, you will see the joy of NOT cooking.
Other postings: Last month I reviewed a book called Love Stories of Later Life by Amanda Smith Barusch. In it she writes about love in later years. Well, last month I actually lived that experience when I attended my brother Paul’s and sister-in-law Carol’s 50th wedding anniversary. It was a glorious celebration of love and I write about in This ‘n That, so check it out if you want proof that love endures. Neat photos as well, with one of me in Carol’s wedding party at 20. I can barely remember 20!
Also, check out Feedback for information on produce in pesticides from Food News and also I hope you enjoy my daughter Eileen’s and my interview with my 102 year-old mother-in-law, Lena. Just go to Profiles for Part I, with Part 2 coming in a couple of months. As a companion piece, I wrote an essay on aging, which you can find under Health Flashes. And be sure to investigate Preview:Peek to Pique for a September recipe.
This is a window box in Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest, continuously lived in residential street in the USA, right in Center City, Philadelphia. When you have no room for a garden, a window box is the next best thing!
In September, my husband and I hope to visit our sons on the western part of the US, driving down the coast of California for a short way to enjoy the ocean view. One book that I know will help me is California Healthy: the adventurer’s guide to local delicacies, fine wine, great walks, and the good life by Patricia Hamilton. So if California is on your itinerary in the near future, click on Reviews.
Finally, my son-by-marriage’s new CD is ready for listening. You can hear some of his music on his website: www.jayjacobson.com. His new CD is called Ready and has some lovely songs written and sung by Jay, whose voice is soothing and strong at the same time. (Of course, I am biased!)
I hope you are enjoying the magic of mid-summer and find time to enjoy swimming or boating or whatever feeds your summer fancy.
The picture below is from a sign at the beginning of Elfreth’s Alley (same street as window box photo above) alley, when there was a reenactment of historical significance.