8.2.10 Gone Fishin'
I'LL BE BACK AFTER LABOR DAY!! I'm taking a little time off from the blog. Time to relax and recharge. I hope you won't feel I've abandoned you. I love sharing my adventures in and out of the kitchen with you. Even though you're not a very vocal bunch, I know that on some days there are actually a couple hundred of you out there, and I'm counting on all of you to come back in September—and bring some friends with you! Going forward, I'm going to try to diversify a little bit; my original intention had been to blog about more than just cooking and food. I'm still planning to conquer sourdough bread, perfect a tomato aspic and write a big-picture treatise on creating the ultimate well-stocked pantry, but I hope to begin a new series of interviews with inspiring people and also share the saga of building our dream home. For now, for these dog days, I'll be lounging in the hammock, working on my novel and soaking up the summertime. Before I go, I'll leave you with a few suggestions...
Make gazpacho. Fry up some peach hand pies. Indulge in homemade ice cream...or sorbet...or popsicles. Use that sweet summer corn for a salad with tomatoes and bacon; skillet cornbread; chowder; succotash. Brew sun tea with herbs from your garden—anise hyssop, lemon balm, mint, sage, lavender—and make flavored syrups to lightly sweeten them. Drink homemade lemonade and drop in a few enormous blackberries. Bake crumbles with fresh nectarines, raspberries, plums. I hope you'll take some time off, too; unplug, daydream, dangle your toes in the water, take naps, breathe deeply and ponder your blessings. Admire your loved ones. Count the fireflies. Play badminton. Do the crossword. Life is sweet.