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Summer Means Salads with Fresh Herbs, and Other Things I’m Thinking About (7-8-14)

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This Middle Eastern Tomato Salad is a sure sign it’s summer!

It’s definitely summer weather at my house, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  And although I’m still trying to figure out how to create a garden like I had at my old house, I do have an abundance of fresh herbs growing in those pots along the sidewalk that I mentioned about a month ago.  I started with six pots, but quickly decided I needed more basil, so now I have 4 pots of basil, and one each of mint, parsley, rosemary, and dill all thriving in the sun.  (They’re in one of the few places here that gets bright sun all day long, so I need to remember to go out at dusk and take some photos!) There’s also sage, French tarragon, thyme, Greek oregano, and more parsley growing in a little strip of dirt on other edge of the sidewalk, so I’m doing pretty well in the fresh herb department.

I’ve also been been to the farmers market three times, which is helping a little with the garden envy.  (If you want to see what I’m buying there you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram.)  And when I couldn’t wait any longer for tomato salads, I bought some tomatoes from Costco and made a salad with sliced tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella, and basil vinaigrette that I served at a family dinner party.  And there were just enough tomatoes left to make my all-time favorite Middle Eastern Tomato Salad for lunch, so life is good.

Now here are a few more things I’ve been thinking about . . .

Have you heard about Bulletproof Coffee, the new Silicon Valley power drink that supposedly has all kinds of health benefits?  I admit, I’m intrigued by this. 

Photo from Apron Strings.
Totally drooling over this 3-ingredient Summer Cantaloupe Slush from my friend Donna at Apron Strings.   Visit her blog to get the recipe, because you know you want this!

From The San Francisco Globe via Facebook, The Perfect Way to Fold a Fitted Sheet.  I love this method, better than others I’ve seen.  Now if only I can remember it when I need to fold sheets!

Photo from David Lebovitz.
Another drool-inducing dish I spotted recently is this Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad from David Lebovitz.  This reminds me of a salad I used to crave from a now-closed Asian restaurant in Salt Lake.

The New York Times Magazine featured 10 Spice Blends to Enliven Any Dish.  And I am a big-time spice hoarder, but I’ve only tried 5 of these!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been out of the classroom for five years now, but I still agree completely that this is The Hardest Thing About Teaching.

And finally, I’m getting kind of obsessed with the Spiralizer.  I actually now have three different gadgets to make noodles from vegetables; more to come about that soon!

(You can use the label Things I’m Thinking About to see more round-ups like this one.)

What have you been thinking about lately?  Please share in the comments, and if you’re spotted something especially interesting online, links are welcome.

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    10 Comments on “Summer Means Salads with Fresh Herbs, and Other Things I’m Thinking About (7-8-14)”

  1. Joan, anything to report on the health benefits?

  2. I have been drinking bulletproof coffee for almost two years now… it is really yummy!

  3. Pam, I am not that great on using the sage either, but I do live fried sage leaves as a garnish for pasta, and love sage in sauces. The Spiralizer is great, love it!

    Christi, it is more about the short chain triglyceride oil he uses than anything, which is something I'm interested in (although I don't totally understand it, there's some interesting research about how SCT oils are beneficial.) I agree, summer is the best!

  4. I don't understand how coffee + butter = healthy and will "keep you energized and full all morning long". But hey, that's what a fad is all about right?
    I'm so happy it's finally summer. I love all the fresh veggies and herbs.

  5. I need something to make vegetable noodles, those are so cool! My herbs are thriving too. What do you do with your sage? It's my hardest herb to utilize.

  6. Liz, I do agree with you, but I do have to say that teaching was a very hard job even before the government got so deeply involved.

  7. Kalyn – I just read that post about the Hardest Thing About Being a Teacher. I think so much of that is true of anyone tasked with the care and education of small humans, not limited to the public education system. When I look at the issues I deal with as a licensed chilcare provider, I can tell you without a doubt it all is the result of the Government believing they can raise and educate children better than the people who have the experience, namely their parents and classroom teachers. If the Govt. could birth them, they wouldn't need any of us and we'd be noshing Soylient Green with one of those spice blends you linked to. Your frustration is shared, long and deep.

  8. Lydia, I have a small gadget that makes perfect noodles, but I couldn't give up the spiralizer!

    Joanne, agree! But I am pretty intrigued by the health claims!

  9. I love that spice blend post! I'm going to be whipping all of those up!

    I hadn't heard of the power coffee..but I'm not sure I could handle that much butter in the morning!

  10. As I'm planning a move from a large kitchen to a smaller one, I'm rethinking all of my kitchen equipment. I decided to give away my spiralizer in favor of a mandoline, which I use for many other things. Now I just need to practice making zucchini noodles on it!