I've always loved the month of July. Summer is in full swing and the 4th a reason for a double celebration as it's my dad's birthday. I remember having some wonderful family cookouts over the holiday weekend, with my dad taking over the dinner portion of the evening and my mom dominating on the dessert front. Amazing shrimp & steak kebabs, giant salads full of every vegetable you could imagine, and cheesecake. Lots and lots of berry covered, creamy, dreamy cheesecake, with patriotic decorations, of course. So it's with great pleasure that I welcome the month of July and all the good things it will bring to the PGEW front.
~ The produce in stores and farmers markets is just phenomenal in the summer. With summer break from choir finally here, I know I'll be stuck at my farmers market under the freeway every Sunday, just to enjoy some of what summer has to offer, so stay tuned for a lot more veggie & fruit-based recipes this month.
~ For those of you local to Sacramento, be sure to check out Sacramento Wine & Dine Week, which runs from July 4-12. Fifty of Sacramento's most popular restaurants will be pairing up with regional wineries to bring local diners some great 3-4 course meals with appropriate wine pairings for $50 and under. I’ve checked out some of these menus and they look phenomenal! The best part is that there are about 15 participating restaurants whose menus are in the $35 range; for dinner and wine, this opportunity shouldn’t be missed! Check out SacramentoWineAndDine.com for menus and details.
~ I’ve always been a fan of popsicles and other frozen desserts, and this is just the right time of year to enjoy them! (Though, admittedly, I do end up craving more ice cream in the winter than I do in the summer. Does anyone else have this problem?) I’ll be sharing a couple of frozen confections with you fair readers, so you, too, can be in on my Easiest Creamy Popsicles Ever. :)
~ In honor of my daddy and his birthday this month, I’ll be posting a couple recipes that he’s made in the past, as well as some from El Salvador, where he was born. Should be a lot of fun!
~ I have an interesting little plan up my sleeve right now, and it shall remain secret for a little longer; however, I need your help. I’d like to know: What's your favorite PGEW recipe? (or if you have more than one, that works too). If you could please share that in the comments section, or post on my wall if you’re on Facebook, I’d greatly appreciate it! I promise you’ll get more details soon.
That’s about it for now. Now get out there and enjoy the summer! :)