The Last Hurrah of Summer … Really?

I used to be one of those people who stopped wearing white pants after Labor Day. Were you?

With Labor Day weekend comes lots of melancholy about saying goodbye to summer. No more stolen moments at the neighborhood pool, eating on the patio, and no more tomatoes, corn on the cob, peaches, hot dogs, potato salad, farmers’ markets … get the picture?

Don’t be bummed because in reality it is far too early to say goodbye! I think that just because school has started for most, everyone wants FALL right away. I mean c’mon, Halloween is already in stores! I want to start cooking fall foods like rich, braised dishes, big pots of chili, and apple pies. I want to pull out all of my cozy sweaters and wear darker lipstick.

But as far as the weather goes, it couldn’t be more perfect. My two favorite outdoor months here in Ohio are September and October. Perfect for hayrides, gorgeous sunsets, dinners eating outside, farmers’ markets, hikes, and many more to list here.

Be an unwritten rule breaker! Wear white whenever you darn well want to. Celebrate with your friends and family on all of those glorious local tomatoes, peppers, and  corn that are abundant, and frankly, perfect right now. In fact, DLM still have amazing local produce here well into October. So don’t rush it!

If you must, go ahead and drink your PSL in shorts and flip flops!

Hello, Summer: 11 Recipes That Epitomize Summer

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to embrace it and fill your plate with these summer favorites. Dig in to these recipes that epitomize summer, from grilled pound cake to a stunning heirloom tomato tart!

1. Heirloom Tomato Tart

2. Shaved Asparagus Salad

3. Citrus Salad

4. Beer-Brined Pork Chop

5. Peach, Tomato, & Watermelon Salad

6. Summer Ratatouille

7. The Best Cheeseburger Ever

8. Minced Thai Basil Stir-Fry

9. Grilled Peach Salad

10. Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad

11. Grilled Pound Cake