Summer Food and Fun

I know, I know. It’s been pretty quiet around here. I find I always hit a summer slump when it comes to blogging and writing. There’s just something about the Southern heat that makes me just melt into a pool of laziness and procrastination. I’m working on a couple things for Eat, Write, Go that will be posted in the coming days and weeks, but in the meantime here’s a little look at what I’ve been cooking, eating, drinking, and doing this summer.

Took some friends out to Geer Street Garden here in Durham for dinner the other week. They ordered actual meals - I got the cheese plate and a slice of key lime. I have no regrets.
Took some friends out to Geer Street Garden here in Durham for dinner the other week. They ordered actual meals – I got the cheese plate and a slice of key lime. I have no regrets.
When the temperature surpasses 90 for multiple days in a row I just give up on turning on the oven. Summer meals usually become this - local tomatoes and bacon on thick slices of toast. The tomatoes get a bed of mayonnaise, homemade or Dukes (no Hellman's allowed in my house). The bacon got a slathering of local ginger-scallion chevre.
When the temperature surpasses 90 for multiple days in a row I just give up on turning on the oven. Summer meals usually become this – local tomatoes and bacon on thick slices of toast. The tomatoes get a bed of mayonnaise, homemade or Dukes (no Hellman’s allowed in my house). The bacon got a slathering of local ginger-scallion chevre.
Beer Durham is a new craft beer shop located in the Measurement, Inc. building behind the Durham Farmers' Market. They have a great selection of craft beers from North Carolina and beyond, and you can enjoy a pint or fill a growler from their rotating tap selection. Stop by and check them out!
Beer Durham is a new craft beer shop located in the Measurement, Inc. building behind the Durham Farmers’ Market. They have a great selection of craft beers from North Carolina and beyond, and you can enjoy a pint or fill a growler from their rotating tap selection. Stop by and check them out!
One of my favorite things to make is rotisserie chicken salad. At least once a week I pick up a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods and come up with a new version. This particular one was with homemade basil mayo, but I've also done lemon-thyme mayo, and last night threw together a mayo-less version with olive oil, vinegar, and mustard. Eventually I'll compile a recipe listing all the versions I love to make. Think of it as a chicken salad hack!
One of my favorite things to make is rotisserie chicken salad. At least once a week I pick up a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods and come up with a new version. This particular one was with homemade basil mayo, but I’ve also done lemon-thyme mayo, and last night threw together a mayo-less version with olive oil, vinegar, and mustard. Eventually I’ll compile a recipe listing all the versions I love to make. Think of it as a chicken salad hack!
My cookbook collection has passed the 150 mark and the time came for a complete reorganization. I cleared out the built-in bookshelves in the living room to make way for my collection, and organized them by genre. There's not much room left though, so pretty soon I'm going to have to find them a new home as my collection grows!
My cookbook collection has passed the 150 mark and the time came for a complete reorganization. I cleared out the built-in bookshelves in the living room to make way for my collection, and organized them by genre. There’s not much room left though, so pretty soon I’m going to have to find them a new home as my collection grows!

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