Reader Friday: Favorite Summertime Treat

The nice weather has finally hit New England. Yay!

As soon as the sun’s warmth spawns new life, the grass greening, trees filling in with leaves, flowers blossoming, it triggers me to crave seafood, ice cream, and burgers on the grill.

What’s your favorite summertime food, beverage, or treat?

Bonus points if you include a recipe. πŸ™‚Β 

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Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and Expertido.org named her Murder Blog as β€œBest 100 Crime Blogs on the Net.” She also blogs at the Kill Zone (Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers") and Writers Helping Writers. Sue lives with her husband in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and writes two psychological thriller series, Mayhem Series and Grafton County Series (Tirgearr Publishing) and is the true crime/narrative nonfiction author of PRETTY EVIL NEW ENGLAND: True Stories of Violent Vixens and Murderous Matriarchs (Rowman & Littlefield Group). Currently on submission, her latest true crime project revolves around a grisly local homicide. For the spring 2022 semester, Sue will be teaching a virtual course about serial killers at EdAdvance in CT and a condensed version for the Central Virginia Chapter and National Sisters In Crime. Equally fun was when she appeared on the Emmy award-winning true crime series, Storm of Suspicion. Learn more about Sue and her books at https://suecoletta.com

49 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Favorite Summertime Treat

  1. My all year long, go-to favorite is Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Carmel squares. I am eternally thankful for whomever was inspired to create chocolate. 😎

  2. That’s a great question, Sue. That said, I don’t have a particular summer (or any) seasonal favorite. Yours sounds terrific, however. HEY EVERYONE! TKZ PICNIC AT SUE’S!!! I’m kidding of course, but some people take me seriously.

    Have a great weekend, Sue. I hope you get to fang down on at least some of the things on your list!

    • Thanks, SJ! Our favorite seafood joint just opened for the season, so we’ll be hitting it on Monday, after the weekend vacationers go home. πŸ˜‰

      Have a great weekend, Joe!

  3. Glad you’re getting some nice weather in New England, Sue

    My favorite summertime food? My problem is I like everything, and my wife is a good cook. But, I’ll pick stadium brats cooked in sauerkraut, cold shrimp pasta salad, an icy-cold diet root beer, and chocolate ice cream for dessert.

    Sorry, no recipes. But here’s a link for the shrimp salad: https://therecipecritic.com/shrimp-pasta-salad/

    Summer doesn’t start until 6/21, but have a wonderful summer weekend!

  4. On a hot day in LA nothing goes down quite like a classic gin and tonic. 1/4 London dry gin, 3/4 tonic poured over glass full of ice, topped with lime wedge. To be sipped while tending ribeyes on the outdoor grill.

    • Ooh, I love ribeyes. One time, I was grillin’ a couple beautiful ribeyes when I thought of a great twist for the WIP. By the time I returned they’d turned to dust. Literal black dust! I had no idea steaks could do that. Whoops. πŸ˜‰

  5. The fresh fruits are starting to show up. Last night included tomato/basil/mozzarella salad with balsamic vinegar.

    Fresh watermelon.

    Quality Ice Cream. That is a lie. I will eat good ice cream year round.

  6. A nice big beefsteak tomato or two fresh off the vine sliced, a bit of extra virgin olive oil and wine vinegar, some garlic salt and fresh ground black pepper does it for me. Don’t let the dressing go to waste. Your second course is some thinly sliced fresh mozzarella.

  7. So this isn’t my favorite summer meal–not sure I have one–but it IS my signature BBQ dish. Enjoy!

    Apple Pie Bacon Cheeseburgers

    Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a medium pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 thinly sliced red onion, cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 2 thinly sliced Granny Smith apples. Cook 3-5 minutes or until apples are tender. Stir in 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1 and 1/2 Tbsp dark brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. Cook 3 minutes and then set the entire mixture aside in a bowl.

    Then make 4 hamburger patties, adding salt and pepper to taste. Top the burgers, in this order, with 1 slice either cheddar or American cheese, some of the apple mixture, and then two strips of cooked, thick cut bacon.

    Put the whole thing between a buttered, toasted brioche bun and savor the salty/sweet goodness!

  8. You guys ruined my weekend of concentrated writing–I’ll be too busy making the yummy recipes everyone shared. My rhubarb is going crazy so, Dale, your wife’s rhubarb pizza is first on the list.

  9. Grilled salmon!

    Salmon fillets brushed lightly with Teriyaki sauce, grilled hot for about 15-20 minutes. That’s it . . . easy-peasy.

    Serve with roasted carrots and broccoli.

    (When the price of seafood comes down, we’ll be enjoying it again. Right now, where we are, ~18-20$/lb.) πŸ™

    • Yeah, the prices are insane BUT we only get till Labor Day before the best seafood joints close for the season.

      My husband loves salmon, Deb. Thanks for the recipe! Sounds nice and easy.

  10. Ice cream. Always ice cream. Sadly, it’s now a once or twice treat for the summer because I gain five pounds and my blood sugar goes berserk.

    Here’s a much healthier recipe. It’s pretty dang close to the sauce that is used on cooked hickory smoked pulled pork for Lexington NC BBQ so you may want to try that, too.

    GRILLED CHICKEN MARINADE
    2 cups apple cider vinegar
    4 T cooking oil
    2 1/2 T salt
    4 T black pepper
    1 T crushed red pepper.

    Shake together in a glass jar. I let it sit for several hours at least, but you can use it immediately. Marinate raw chicken for at least 30 minutes but it’s better for several hours.

    NOTE: I cut all the spices by half for myself because this is really spicy for a hot stuff weenie. The salt I cut down to a tablespoon.

    • Sounds delicious, Marilynn. I love BBQ, but like you, I can’t do hot & spicy. Jotting down the recipe with half the spices. Thank you!

  11. Okey-doke, my recipe for strawberry long cake. Fast and simple, and, according to an ofttimes grumpy roomie of bygone days, the best dessert she’d ever had. Do not eat if allergic to strawberries. Duh.

    Get a few fresh, medium size scones at a bakery. Buy a plastic basket of fresh, ripe strawberries, approx. 4″ x 4″ x 3″. Also buy a box or pouch of frozen strawberries in sugar syrup, approx. 4″ x 4″ x 2″, roughly the same volume as the basket. [READ THE LABEL! Vons sells a concoction of frozen strawberries with ersatz sweetener. Do not buy that hijjus stuff!]

    Let the frozen strawberries thaw well. Prep the fresh berries, washing, removing the stems, and slicing the berries roughly 1/8″ thick. When ready, mix the fully thawed berries with the fresh until the mixture can be poured.

    Slice the scones in half horizontally. Place on plates, cut side up, and pour berry mixture over each scone. Serve.

  12. Last night’s dinner – blackened Cajun chicken breasts in a cast iron pan with smashed potatoes, blanched green beans, and a corn salsa with all kinds of junk in it. We make our own Cajun rub. Here’s the recipe I stole from an outfit called Memphis Blues:

    1 cup dried parsley
    1 cup white sugar
    1 cup Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
    3 tblsp ground black pepper
    3 tblsp garlic powder
    3 tblsp onion powder
    3 tblsp dried oregano
    3 tblsp sweet paprika
    1 tblsp mustard powder
    1 tblsp celery salt
    5 pounds of dried Ghost Pepper or Carolina Grim Reaper powder

    JK – just add as much cayenne as you like πŸ™‚

    • I noticed that the habanera packets in the market say “Wear gloves when handling. Do not touch eyes or anything else you hold dear after handling.”

      I’m not gonna eat anything that has to be handled with gloves. Nossir, no way.

      Friend at work once sliced me a piece of habanera about as big as the end of a fork tine. I stuck it in my mouth and it felt like I’d just eaten a lit match.

    • Umm, that’d be zero cayenne for me, thanks. Ghost pepper? Forgetaboutit πŸ˜‰ You tryin’ to kill me, buddy? The rest sounds delicious.

  13. Happy summer, Sue!
    Logline for my favorite summertime treat? Watermelon.
    Easiest one I’ve ever had to write, though it doesn’t merit bonus points.
    Confession — I even chew the seeds.

    • Happy summer, Louis!!! I have watermelon in my fridge. The hubby and I sneak bites when the chicks (guinea pigs) aren’t lookin’. If we get caught, the stink eye morphs into the evil eye, and neither of us can handle that. LOL The crows love it, too, so we’re basically screwed.

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