I am so ready for summer~
I want summer-
I love summer-
I need summer-
Lets put away the homework, school uniforms and turn the alarm clock off.
I want to pick cherries, and raspberries and blueberries.
I want to get out the pool and slip-n-slide, and stay up at night with the sun.
I want to hike up to Denny Creek and let our toes dangle in the cold mountain spring water until they ache from the cold.
No more three ring binders, spelling tests and rain coats.
No more running out the door to carpool, sack lunch assembly lines or scheduled sporting activities.
I know that in the fall the kids will be bickering and tired of each other, the novelty of free time and unscheduled days will wear off (and I will be ready for a break),
but for now, I am so glad it is summer.
And here is a recipe for one of our favorite summer time pasta dishes. It is even better when the tomatoes are in season:
For the dressing:
- 5 sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 T red raspberry vinegar
- 6 T good olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 t kosher salt
- 3/4 t black pepper
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, julienned
Cook the paste in salt water. Drain well.
In a bowl, add the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella and chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
For the dressing, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor until almost smooth.
Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture, add the basil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. (I serve the cheese on the side since I am also casein free).
That simple and that good!!
This was adapted from my all-time favorite cookbook for cooking meals that are naturally gluten free. I love all of the Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks, but use Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family the most. Most of her recipes are derived from natural fresh ingredients that are easy to find and cook with on the gluten free diet.
Okay, so now that you know how I feel about summer. This is how my kids feel about it.
Before you watch this, remember that we have had the longest, grayest, wettest spring in 100 years!
When the sun finally came out, the Gluten Free Kid put Here Comes the Sun on the Zune - this is the rest of the story: