Mmmm: Refreshing Summer Dinners and Desserts
Summer might be the best time of the year for eating. I love being able to eat the fresh fruit and vegetables that are so abundant this time of year! Tonight’s dinner was so yummy, I wish you could have been here to join us.
We had Cucumber Dill Salad; teriyaki chicken and jasmine rice; green beans with butter, lemon zest, and fresh nutmeg; and peas freshly shelled very reluctantly by Peter. He really wanted to play a game on the computer, but much to his chagrin, it was his night to be my dinner helper. “See! I won’t have any time left to play before dinner [because of shelling peas],” he lamented. “It isn’t the end of your life,” I replied. “Practically!” he mourned. Ah, drama. Gotta love it, ’cause there’s plenty of it in our house!
The slices of white peach in the fruit cup shown above were SO sweet: if you haven’t had a white peach, you should try one if can! We had the fruit cup with cream drizzled over the top and a warm cinnamon roll for dessert. I am happy as a clam after a dinner like that. Fun place settings, yummy summer fare, family I love eating it with me. That’s my fave.
The other night we had another favorite meal: Thai Green Curry Shrimp, along with Mint Lemonade Freeze. (Recipe note: instead of almond milk, I used lactose-free milk, which I had on hand. It was good that way as well. So I am sure you could just use milk or almond milk or whatever you want in this freeze.) I would have served the drink as a dessert, but because we were heading off to see “The Sound of Music” musical and had to leave soon after dinner, I served it with the meal. This actually worked out well, the cool mint balancing the mildly spicy green curry.
Dinnertime can be such a great memory-making time. Even when I’m not in the mood to make dinner, and have to pray for an idea of what to make and the energy to make it, then a good idea comes and it all comes together. Then it’s so worth it!
Happy Summer Dining,
P.S. I’m grateful for the mentors I’ve had in helping me get better at creating yummy family dinners: my mom and my dad, both excellent cooks; my mother-in-law; my sister, Bex, who makes more amazing dinners on a daily basis than anyone I know; and The Food Nanny and Chef Brad, who have really been a source of encouragement via their cooking shows that I started watching a few winters ago while running on the treadmill. If you’re in a slump with cooking, watch one of their episodes and you’ll get some inspiration!