Summer Meals

For me, one of the most magical parts of summer is the food. Having moved to the mountains two years ago, I realize just how much I miss those amazing year-round farmers markets and access to local, fresh produce that you so easily take for granted living in California. So from June until early October, I am sure to take full advantage of our wonderful farmers market as well as the long summer evenings—what could be better than sharing an outdoor meal of fresh, local summer farmers market finds with friends and family?

Below is one of my sister’s and my favorite recipes for our mother’s famous gazpacho! It’s easy to make, delicious and perfect for hot summer nights.

Gazpacho (serves 6)

2 large ripe tomatoes peeled (1 1/2 lb) *sometimes I don’t take the time to peel them.
1 cucumber pared and halved
1 onion, halved (I think it tastes good without the onion too)
1 green pepper halved
1 small jar pimientos
1 clove garlic
5 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
A dash of Tabasco
1 jar tomato juice

Place vegetables into carafe (I use a Cuisinart) and blend. Put the rest of the ingredients (except the tomato juice) in the blender and blend until vegetables are at desired coarseness. Place the tomato juice in a bowl and add the blended ingredients. Stir. Chill for 2-4 hours. Top with croutons, sour cream or sliced avocado. Yum!

Here are a few more pics of other summer highlights:

I love setting an outdoor table. You have probably seen these rocks in pictures we’ve posted before. Here the rocks make an appearance as placeholders! Writing an intention on a found rock is a simple way to create a visual affirmation in your home.

My herb garden. Both Alison and I find we are most successful growing herbs in pots.

A highlight of this summer… I attended Idaho’s first Outstanding in the Field event. For me, it was an experience of a lifetime! These farm to table dinners are now in 48 states. I highly recommend attending one! Learn more at:

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I get most of my recipes from either my mother or my favorite food blog- Check out our interview with Pamela!

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