The Food We Eat: July
Last month featured the first installation of The Food We Eat series, and I'm excited to bring you another month of plates and meals.
July has been a crazy month. We move in just a few days, so we spent a lot of time making last-minute visits to our favorite restaurants and coffee shops amidst the packing and cleaning. I can't believe that in just one week we'll be on our way to Wisconsin. After living in Nashville for three and a half years, it seems odd and bittersweet to be leaving. I'll be sharing a bit more reflection on the move and saying goodbye to Nashville next week, so check back for that post! But for now, let's talk food.
July was the month of corn. We ate SO MUCH corn. Corn tacos, corn salad, corn salsa, and sometimes just straight off the cob, standing over the oven. One of my favorite uses of corn was to make Tammy's Grilled Corn Salad featured in Edible Nashville.
Of course, the vegetarian tacos continued. This time with some spiced-up, roasted cauliflower, topped with pickled onions and cucumbers. If you all didn't know, I adore vinegar, and I try to insert it in every meal that I can. So whenever I can top a taco with anything that's been drenched in vinegar, I'm in food heaven.
We went camping over my birthday weekend, and on Friday night, we made grilled pizza. I may or may not have forgotten the goat cheese at home, but with a whole bunch of basil, olive oil, sweet tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar, we weren't complaining.
On the same camping trip, on our last morning in the woods, we threw our breakfast hash into tortillas and topped them with leftover guac from the night before, added a few dashes of hot sauce, and chowed down. It goes without saying that everything is better cooked over a fire and eaten in the woods.
One Sunday night, after a day of running around and stuffing boxes to prep for the move north, we sat on the porch with a few beers and enough cheese and pickled odds and ends to feed our bellies for a week.
Vui's Kitchen was high on the Nashville bucket list—I just had to get one last Vietnamese dinner in Nashville. I didn't even care that it was hotter than 90 degrees and I was leaning over a bowl of steaming noodle soup; I'd eat pho any day, anytime. And sometimes it's just easier to eat out than to remember which pots and pans have already been packed.
What have you been eating this summer? Have you been taking advantage of farmer's markets and pick-your-own farms to get your fresh vegetable and fruit fix? If you haven't visited one yet, do your belly a favor and go. Get whatever is at the peak of ripeness (like tomatoes) and you'll never see the produce bins at grocery stores quite the same.
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