You guys loved the Mason jars filled with lemonade, eh? Well, how about this for a little summer sunshine…
Water tastes just that much better when it is in a cute jar with ice, lemon slices and a pretty striped straw. Oh! And of course all the better while sitting in an Adirondack chair that my husband built.
Speaking of summery things… let’s talk about a Caprese Pasta Salad full of ripe red tomatoes, fragrant basil, and fresh mozzarella mixed with pasta and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette! Believe me, it is just as delicious as it sounds.
1 lb dried fusilli
2 lb tomatoes (around 6 medium) roughly diced
1/2 lb fresh, water-packed mozzarella, cubed
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, pressed through a garlic press
1/2 tsp mayonnaise
1 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 packed cup basil leaves, washed, spun dry, and slivered
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add the pasta and cook until just done.
2. Meanwhile, prepare the tomatoes and cheese and put them in a very large bowl. Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper to taste. (The mayo isn’t required for taste, but it will help keep the oil and vinegar from separating.)
3. Drain the hot pasta and shake it dry (don’t rinse it!), then add it to the bowl with cheese and tomatoes. Stir with rubber spatula to combine. Add about half the dressing, and stir again, then fold in the basil and pine nuts. Now taste the pasta, and add more dressing and salt, if it needs it. Serve and enjoy!
And while we are on the topic of easy summer recipes… how about some squash on the (indoor) grill?
This is so simple. You just wash the outside of your squash, slice ‘em up, and toss them on the hot grill. Leave them on a few minutes (5-6) and then serve them hot. So delicious!
I have never disliked squash before, but it also hasn’t necessarily been a top favorite vegetable (well, unless covered in cheese and club crackers in squash casserole haha!), but apparently I love it grilled. So delicious!
I just love summer… makes me so happy. And by the way, for those wondering why I talk about summer in April… I consider “summer” to be all warm months. And since I live in Tennessee that means that most of March-October is summer.
One fun thing about warmer weather is that we go to the drive-in in the summer. We went to our first drive-in movie of the year on Monday and we saw… THE HUNGER GAMES! I know, I know… I am the last of the last to finally see this movie, haha! It was wonderful, though. And all the better because we saw it at the drive-in with our friends!