Favorite Summer Recipes

One of my favorite parts about summer is the food! I love going to the farmer’s market and getting fresh, locally grown produce. I am like a crazy person at the market. I buy bags full of food. At some point, Charlie has to tell me that we have enough food for the neighborhood and I have to stop. There are certain recipes that I only make during the summer (like my peach cobbler). So I make sure we have our summer favorites as often as possible while we can.


These are a few of my favorite summer recipes. Some of these are on the grill, and I leave that to Charlie to take care of.




These Tuna Zucchini cakes are a favorite in our house. Technically you can just use canned tuna, but I generally get Charlie to grill a piece of fresh tuna to use for them. It makes them taste even better! I have also used leftover grilled salmon to make these, and that is good too.




We eat this zucchini, squash and tomato gratin all the time in the summer. We probably eat it every other week. It is so easy and so delicious!




This salmon and veggie recipe is super simple and also super good. Part of what makes it so good is there is so little clean up!




If you like scallops, this pan seared scallop recipe is an absolute must try. I think it is probably my favorite recipe, and I am pretty sure it is Charlie’s too. We don’t just have this in the summer, but scallops are kind of expensive, so we don’t have this often. There is a fish truck that is at our farmer’s market, and I really like to get fresh fish from them, instead of from the store.




I love grilled veggies. I could eat my weight in them. This recipe is really good, however I want to make a note here about it. The first time we made this, for some reason Charlie did the grocery shopping. And he thought he was supposed to get balsamic dressing instead of balsamic vinegar. And it was so good. I didn’t realize he had used the dressing, so when my parents made it, I couldn’t figure out why she kept saying it was just so strong. And then I talked to Charlie about what he did. Balsamic vinegar is really strong, so if you want something a little milder, go for the dressing.


What are some of your favorite summer recipes?


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