Summer Foods…Always a Treat!!!

Summer is in full swing, which means pool days and time at the beach or the lake, but it also means good food. Backyard barbeques and picnics on the lawn in the park. It’s time to hang out around the picnic table with good friends and family and enjoy those lazy, hazy days of summertime.

What is your favorite summer food? There are so many things to choose from. I love a good hot dog or a cheeseburger. Anything from the grill is a favorite of mine. Nothing beats corn on the cob, dripping with butter after it’s been pulled off the grill. I am not a fan of steak, but that’s only because I like my meat more on the well-done side and after many years in the restaurant business, they say you should never eat steak well-done. I mean, people do and that’s okay for them, but I can’t bring myself to do it.

I have always been more of a fan of all the side dishes. Potato salad and macaroni salad are two things I look forward to. I make a mean cold pasta salad that is delicious. Thick slices of watermelon when it is perfectly ripe is yummy. Baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, grilled veggies on skewers, melon with prosciutto…the list goes on and on. I am making myself hungry just talking about it.

When I was growing up in Baltimore, crab feasts were a big summer pastime (still is). A big pot of steamed blue crabs with Old Bay seasoning still calls to me. You throw newspaper all over a picnic table, then you dump the crabs on top and dig in. It’s been a long time since I have picked a crab, I may be rusty, but I think I could still pick one clean. Then you got the side dishes, similar to other summer feasts, add a cold bottle of beer and you are all set. Just make sure you got plenty of napkins.

Summer, to me, just calls for hanging out, eating, drinking and good music. I love spending the afternoon and evening laughing and carrying on over good food and an even better beverage. I like to drink beer on occasion, but better still an ice-cold sangria or pina colada. Margaritas used to be a good choice for me, until the time I went to a bar selling two for one margaritas. You would think my friend Joe and I would have just ordered one and given the other person the free one…but nooooo, we were double fisting margaritas all night. I haven’t had one since. Hmmm…it’s been about 15 years, maybe I need to try one this summer.

After a full day of eating and drinking, just when you don’t think you can eat anymore, you hear a familiar sound. It’s in the distance, but it’s getting louder, and you know it’s going to round your block any moment, so you start digging in your pocket and handbag for money. I am talking about…the ice cream truck. Familiar to most people, the ice cream truck has been around since 1923 and has been serving up soft serve ice cream and other treats ever since.

Now, you all know that I am a big kid, so I am normally one of the first in line. I may let a few kids go ahead of me, but I am right there in the thick of things. I do not have a favorite treat, because there are so many to choose from. Depending on my mood, I may go for a strawberry shortcake or chocolate eclair popsicle. Or maybe an ice cream sandwich or a firecracker. If I had to choose a favorite, I would say it would be a mixed soft serve of vanilla and chocolate with chocolate jimmies (or sprinkles, if you’re not from the Northeast part of the country). It doesn’t matter what I choose, it still is the best ending to a perfect day.

I encourage you to go out and spend time with people this summer. Enjoy those wonderful summer foods and if the ice cream truck comes around, go get yourself a treat and be a kid again. Just make sure you say “Hi” to me, because I will be in front of you in the line.

***Question for the comments…What is your favorite summertime food and what is your favorite treat from the ice cream truck?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

4 thoughts on “Summer Foods…Always a Treat!!!

  1. No. Nono. You don’t get to talk about summer like it’s something different. You live where it’s summer All. Year. Round. Crabs are yummy, but too much work. Sides are great. Mr SOFTEE!!! Chocolate soft serve with jimmies. The colored ones are sprinkles, chocolate are jimmies. Oh man! I want some! The guys drives down the complex but never stops anywhere! Ooohhh my bruschetta! Ok I’m hungry now

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