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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summertime Blues

I am so ready for the alternately gray, rainy and humid and brightly sunny weather in Anchorage to stop--it's as if the weather is bipolar.  Every morning I get up, poke my head out the window and decide whether to wear tights to work or if my legs will freeze if I go bare-legged.

Regardless of the weather, though, I am really in the mood for classic summer foods.  Ripe fruit, fresh corn and a good grilled steak all sound perfect right now.

Today I have the great good fortune to be guest blogging for the very first time for the lovely Kristen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  Her blog has been one of my favorites since I started blogging almost a year ago--she cooks creative, often gluten-free recipes that are economical and doable for the home cook.

In keeping with her philosophy, I give you this version of a summer succotash that can be adapted to whatever vegetables look good where you live.  It's vegetarian, healthy, simple to put together and full of flavor.  Serve alongside roasted meats or keep it vegetarian with a side of couscous or rice.  Either way, it's delicious--and I should know, since I've been eating the leftovers for lunch the last couple of days.  It's one of those dishes that gets even better the next day.

Check out this Farmstand Summer Salad with Jalapeno Butter here.

As a total aside, the terrific writer and director Nora Ephron, who directed Julie & Julia and You've Got Mail, and who wrote one of the all-time great screenplays, When Harry Met Sally, died Tuesday.  You may not know she started as a journalist and was once a food writer, which probably explains why there so many scenes of eating in her films.  The New York Times published a terrific article about her yesterday that talked about her love of food, which you can find here.

Now head on over to Kristen's blog and check out the salad!


47 comments:

  1. I would LOVE for you to do a guess post on The Saucy Gourmet, let me know if you are ever interested, PLEASE!!!!!

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    1. Shari, I would love that! Let's pick a date and make it happen.

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  2. This looks like a lovely healthy salad. Heading over to check out your guest post.

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  3. I'll be heading over after I tell you how sad I am about Nora Ehpron. I loved her writing and have now vowed to re-read Heartburn and try all the recipes.

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    1. Rosemary, I was thinking I should have watched one of her movies over the weekend--it's on the docket for this week. I remember reading "Heartburn" 15 years ago and absolutely loving it.

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  4. Gotta check out your yummy healthy salad, I'll just head on over to Kristen's blog to check it out!

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  5. what a simple and healthy salad,I just love everything in it :) heading over to check the recipe :)

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  6. What a healthy dish! I'm heading on over!

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  7. What a delicious and healthy dish.

    I did read about Nora Ephron and completely love all of her work. Very say that she is gone.

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  8. This looks both healthy and delish my friend :D
    So glad you are guest posting!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. I am always looking for new corn recipes! This looks amazing!

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    1. This one was so good. I still cannot believe how good the leftovers were.

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  10. I kind of know what you mean with the weather. CNY weather is seriously finicky. Plus, the office I work at is like the North Pole with how they blast the A/C, so even when it is warm and sunny for a change, I have to decide if I should dress for the warm weather or dress for freezing work. Anyway, those photos are mouth-watering, so I'm heading over to Kristen's asap!

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    1. It sounds like you have the same temperature problem as I do. I literally cannot dress correctly for the weather!

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  11. Great use if summer veggies, delicious! Sad to hear about Nora Ephron, I did enjoy her films...

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  12. love it what a fresh delicious healthy post!

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  13. ooo right? i am in eugene, OR at the very southern end of that climate range, and it will never be summer here. never ever ever. meanwhile...such a great looking succotash! and thanks for the news about nora ephron :( i hadn't heard. very sad.

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    1. It's summer here. Sometimes. For maybe a day or two--you're definitely in the same kind of climate!

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  14. So fun to read your guest post! And, BTW, I think my green beans would be excellent with roasted tomatoes...excellent idea!

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    1. Thanks for the response on that, Lizzy! I still have never been able to get over my dislike of raw tomatoes.

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  15. I was so sad to hear about Nora Ephron's death. I thought she was a wonderful writer - I Feel Bad About My Neck was one of the funniest books I've read lately. She was an amazing role model to so many people.

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    1. I was given that book earlier this year, but haven't read it yet. It's time for a Nora Ephron binge for me!

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  16. Healthy and simple recipes always trills me, I am not that healthy all the time but I need to balance in between. Yes please to this salad with rice.

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  17. What a fresh and delicious salad, Krista! Off to check out the recipe! :)

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  18. The weather does indeed sound crazy. What an awesome summer succotash.

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  19. The recipe looks great and I will head over to see it. I was saddened by the death of Nora Ephron. She was one of my favorites.

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  20. Love the salad... sad news about Nora Ephron indeed. I agree this weather is crazy... today is over 100+, but a few days ago it was in the 70's. Will go check out the salad post now :)

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  21. A healthy and tasty salad! I like Kristen's blog too.

    p.s You may have noticed that my blog didn’t work last three days, now blogger finally fixed the problem and my blog works fine now.

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    1. I was able to get on this weekend and look at the spelt pasta recipe--it looked amazing!

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  22. Oh man! Now that flavor is going to be in my head till the longest time. YUM! :-)

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  23. Congrats on the guest post. I am headed over there now but this salad does look amazing---truly nice and summery. (Would you like me to send you some 100+ weather??) :)

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    1. Thanks for the offer, Debra--but I'm going to have to pass. I used up all my hot weather tolerance in my 20s when I lived in un-air conditioned Midwestern apartments.

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  24. What a great dish!! I hope to get to Alaska one day.

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  25. This succotash looks great and I LOVE a good succotash. Headed over to get the recipe!

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  26. I didn't know Nora Ephron died. She couldn't have been that old. That is so tragic. She was such a talent. I know her first movie, (can't remember the name but it was starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep) was based on her own life where she was married and her husband kept cheating on her. I think she got back at him big time when that movie because a huge international hit. I'm so mad I can't remember the name of it. She's a huge loss to the film industry. I hope it warms up for you soon.

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    1. You're thinking of the movie "Heartburn," based on her own novel. She was 71 when she died.

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  27. Living in Seattle I feel like we are having the same weather as you. Today it was 70 degrees, grey and raining off and on all day. How does one dress for this weather is all I kept thinking. It was warm and muggy and gross. I'm ready for the real summer to kick in and I would certainly enjoy this salad, it looks delicious.

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    1. Seattle does have similar weather, just muggier in the summer and rainer in the winter.

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  28. Looking good! Heading that way :)

    BUZZED

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  29. What a shame about Nora Ephron - such a talented woman. Love your summery take on succotash. Off for a long overdue visit to Kristin now.

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  30. Lovely seasonal succotash! The healthfulness and lighter quality of this dish make it perfect for days like today. Wonderfully executed!

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  31. I so know what you mean about the weather. I use food to try and convince myself that it's lovely and hot. This sounds great!

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  32. So good of you to mention Nora Ephron. It was a sad loss, indeed.

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    1. She was such a wonderful food writer--not to mention a totally fascinating lady.

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  33. Thanks to everyone for all the great feedback on this post, and for clicking over to Kristen's site.

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  34. Delicious! I'll head on over to the other site and check it out. I'm sure it will be a new one to visit on my list :)

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  35. I do same thing in the morning. SF is still cold in the morning that heater turns on automatically. Without it it's still cold. By day time it will go up to 70F these days. I can't wait to get heat... Heading over now!

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