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7.04.2010

Summer list

They say that in Seattle, summer doesn’t start until July 5, and they are not joking. Look at this! Look at it! And then compare it to the past month! I like the 4th of July, but HURRY UP, JULY 5TH.

(I should note that, in my exuberance, I accidentally mistyped the above as “HOORAY UP, JULY 5TH,” which I can only assume is the compound of “hooray” and “giddyup” and is also, coincidentally, an accurate expression of how I feel.)




In celebration of the fact that summer is coming tomorrow, I pulled out some photographs from the past couple of summers. I’m setting the mood.




There was an evening last July when we ate chips and salsa and floated around in a giant tuna can of a swimming pool with one of my oldest friends and her then-fiance-now-husband. I didn’t even drop my camera in the pool. It was a good night. I want another one like it.




The shot below was taken on the beach last New Year’s Eve, but I think it counts. We were visiting Brandon’s grandparents in Florida, and winter in Florida is like summer in Seattle.




This one was taken last month, on a cloudy day, but the colors are right. I do what I have to do.




Today I’m making a summer list. My friend Maria recently made a list of all the things she wants to have, do, and feel this summer, and I can’t stop looking at it. It actually feels like summer, reading that list. My friend Anna also made a list, too, and I particularly like that she included “tomatoes!” The exclamation point is key. My own summer list has two parts: the eating-and-drinking part, and the doing part.

EAT AND DRINK:
Homemade popsicles
Deviled eggs
Tomato-and-mayo sandwiches
Lemonade
Pimm’s Cup
Romano beans
Pasta with fresh pesto
Cold-brewed iced coffee in the morning
Sliced avocado with salt and lime

TO DO:
Get too hot
Wear dresses
Sit on the stoop
Hike somewhere
Sleep with no covers
Read outside

I’m working on my Pimm’s Cup formula, but when I have it nailed down, it’s yours. The deviled eggs, and the popsicles, too.




Happy 4th of July. Or 5th. Whatever you’re into.

125 Comments:

Anonymous Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} said...

Happy 4th to you Molly! What a fun list. Reminds me of my list of things to do in 2010. I'm just about to go and revisit that and tick off things I've achieved and hurry up with the ones I haven't.

12:00 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Louise said...

A summer list? I like it then I apply it to the dead of winter and recapture the same feelings... Mine?
1. Lay on the beach and read Bon Apetite.

12:01 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger michaela said...

You are so making me laugh right now. I'm happy someone else notices its gray since I feel like all the native Washingtonians don't seem to mind its SUMMER and we still are wearing sweaters.

Happy 4th!

Oh and on my list, eat so much summer produce I don't mind root vegetables and greens for 9 monhts.

12:06 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Emily said...

Just lovely, and I can't wait for the Pimm's recipe. It's been hot up here in Vancouver all week and I have yet to find just the right recipe to enjoy and cool off.

12:16 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger The Bee Charmer said...

I'm glad you're writing again. Even if it's not always about recipes.

12:35 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Brian G. said...

It is nice to have distint seasons here in the midwest, but in the middle of February I would be willing to sacrifice a month or two of summer for a cool Seattle drizzle in stead of blistering Iowa winds and snow.

My wife is out visiting family in Tacoma and it makes me homesick for berries and cool days hunting around the tidepools.

12:37 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Jen S. said...

I'm also in Seattle and really really want summer. I just ate flavorless raspberries and almost cried. Uh! The humanity! I was thinking of barbecuing tonight, but I simply refuse to unless the sun is out. Happy 5th.

12:50 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger What's Cookin Stacey?? said...

On Beaty's Creek, in the Heart of Green Country we are hot and humid.
But it would not be the Fourth of July in Oklahoma any other way! Hope it warms up a little in your neck of America!

12:51 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Brandi said...

That's a whole lot of June gloom you've had up there! San Diego (where I live for school) had similar cool temps and overcast days but no rain, but NJ (where my family and boyfriend are) has been humid and hot and gross. Sunshiney too, but the kind you're afraid you'll melt in. It's been like an oven generally.
And I'm really digging this list idea -- "wear dresses" is critical. "Skee ball" and "baseball" would be at the top of mine, because, well, that's what summers in NJ remind me of. I'm going to leave "sunburn" off my list this year. And the fact that you have a special list just for eats...that I love.

12:51 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger shari said...

that is a mighty fine summer list with some mighty fine summery photographs. thanks,molly. xo

1:05 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly,

What a beautiful summer! I'm incredibly jealous.

1:07 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Molly!

A list. a summer list and perhaps a winter list when the time is right?

I have made that iced coffee. it is a treat to wander downstairs in the country too early for anyone else to be awake on a summer Saturday, get it out of the refrigerator, put it through a coffee filter into a French jelly glass, add the milk, and step onto the front porch to sit alone sipping coffee and looking at the fields and the mountains.

It's good to spend a little time in heaven before the day starts.

May all your summer dreams come true!

1:20 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love, love, LOVE the last picture! And it's so good to hear your voice again. It's not about the recipes, although they are great (you've earned your keep by virtue of Marion Cunningham's waffles alone!). Happy summer to you.

1:40 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous emily said...

clearly, i need a summer list of my own. yours sounds delightful.

1:43 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Lulu said...

i live in Portland and was just in Florida for a bit...and i really hope summer hurries on up here!!! i miss the sun but i do love the NW. here's to the sunny weather that i'm practically demanding!
=]

1:46 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Beth said...

We just left Seattle after an 11 day trip and we LOVED the cooler weather (leaving the 100 degree Virginia heat behind us). Our favorite Seattle "summer" moments were when we spent a few days at a beach cottage on Vashon Island and grilled walla walla sweets for our burgers and snacked on GIGANTIC sugar snap peas. We put strawberries on everything for dessert and sipped a nice oregon pinot noir under blankets while the kids poked at the washed up jelly fish and sea cucumbers during low tide. A perfect summer if you ask me.

1:54 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger mamster said...

What a coincidence! Your summer to-do list is exactly the same as mine.

1:55 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Lindsay Jewell said...

I like your list. Been working on mine, but it keeps growing at exponential rates.

I think I might go and have a sliced avocado with salt and lime right this second. Hah. :)

2:08 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said...

The sliced avocado with salt and lime sounds like an excellent idea!

2:18 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Kimberlee said...

amen! i live in portland and we northwesterners have more than earned all of the sunshine and warmth we'll get this summer. yay for fireworks and burgers today, but i'm ready to sweat tomorrow :) love your idea about a summer list, too. i'm going to start one myself so the season doesn't get away from me as it is wont to do...

2:20 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger kickpleat said...

I love your list! I too have been missing summer and been feeling a bit grumpy as a result. I was inspired by your list to create one of my own, including picnics, ferry rides, and being barefoot in the grass. Here's to summer!

2:37 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Blair said...

Molly--Love the photos in this post! NYC has been sweltering over the past few weeks so I am looking for summer to cool down a bit! Glad you decided to give yourself more freedom while blogging, this is your space, so with it what you will! Happy 4th!

2:43 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger la ninja said...

hooray up indeed :)

3:09 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Emilia Arnold said...

Molly,

Reading your blog, I can't help but think, "Now there's a woman who knows how to enjoy her life." I hope that's true, or you've got us all fooled into thinking you do happiness so well!

Happy 5th of July!

Emilia

PS

I made your bread salad with cherries and arugula for my friend's dinner party tonight. It's beyond good ... it's like, criminally delicious.

3:40 PM, July 04, 2010  
OpenID alittleyard said...

I hear you on the summer thing, Molly! Down in Portland we soak up every ray that comes our way...I can't believe I'm wearing pants and a long-sleeved shirt!

My favorite Pimm's Cup is simple, simple, simple: a finger of Pimm's over ice, fill the rest of the small glass with your favorite ginger ale, and add a slice of fresh cucumber.

Yum!

3:54 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger That's Ms. Amy to You... said...

Come on over to my house if you want to get too hot. It's currently 91 degrees inside (at 8pm), and I don't expect the temperature to begin dropping for another 2-3 hours. Oh how I pray for central air in our next house!!

5:03 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Pattee said...

LOL I had to really laugh at your post about it really starting summer on the 5th here in Washington state!
I live up north in Bellingham and I CAN NOT WAIT till tomorrow!!! Today has been a chilly fall day! LOL!

Happy 4th!
Pattee

5:50 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Pattee said...

By the way what is the name of your restaurant? I love the Viking Inn~

5:53 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Will stay closely tuned for that Pimm's cup recipe. Cherrio! (Is it anti-American to say I am looking forward to a spirit that hails from England on the 4th of July?)

5:58 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger evil cake lady said...

that weather link is HILARIOUS, because it isn't any different in Portland! thanks for the summer photos...i can almost remember what summer is like! HOORAY UP, tomorrow!!

6:48 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Lynh said...

yay! dresses! I've been reading old posts and I think you would look delightful in the undercurrent dress from anthropologie - it's not chanel, but fitting for the depression era housewife you sometimes imagine yourself to be. :)

6:50 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Amorita said...

Great list! I had a taste of home & a Wisconsin summer (here in steamy Mexico) with some hot dogs & carrot flag cake. I also totally support your blogging w/o recipes post - I was dreaming about blogging last night (it stems from my own blog preoccupation/ interest) and you can make it whatever you want! We're all here to enjoy your stories...w/ or w/o a delicious recipe. :D Happy 4th!

8:06 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anna@Tallgrass Kitchen said...

What a lovely list! I hope your Junuary ends tomorrow, and you awaken to a lovely July summer.

I can't wait to get your Pimm's cup formula, and your popsicles. In the meantime, I hope that you might check out mine? I recently posted about an ice pop made from lemon balm and hibiscus tea, and much earlier a lovely rhubarb ice pop. I'm working on a blueberry tarragon, so stay tuned!

8:37 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger borisandgracie said...

It might be rainy and cold in Seattle for the 4th this year (but after last summer, I'll take summer sweater weather vs. coming home to a sweltering apartment for a week...) but I've decided to make Key Lime Pie and pretend it's warm anyway! Maybe it'll exorcise the cold. =P

9:01 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Edie said...

What a wonderful summer list! You've inspired me to make one too. The photographs are just lovely. I always look forward to your posts, and miss them when you are away.

9:16 PM, July 04, 2010  
OpenID winnie said...

Yes to wearing dresses. (And all the other stuff too.)

9:16 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger mummydinosaur said...

Molly - here in Vancouver BC we are also waiting for the heat....although we do have lovely strawberries and raspberries to snack on now to hint that it is summer. Today I made an awesome icecream based on a popsicle recipe from here http://www.makegrowgather.com/posts/2010/6/29/summer-food-roasted-strawberry-creamsicles.html which also has summer lists! Can't wait for the Pimm's recipe.

9:46 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Pille said...

Pimm's Cup and that cold-brewed coffee are on my list as well!! Even bought a bottle of Pimm's No 1 Cup in Helsinki, Finland, last Friday, as they don't sell it in Estonia.

PS Will make a photocopy of the Olive article later this week, and e-mail it to you!!

px

10:29 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Emily said...

What a great idea! And a great list. Thanks for sharing it with us!

10:30 PM, July 04, 2010  
Blogger Torrie said...

Totally not trying to spam your blog, but I saw your lovely summer list and because I recently did this iced coffee post, I quickly zeroed in on your "Cold brewed iced coffee in the morning" and wanted to share this:

http://torriesessions.blogspot.com/2010/06/making-iced-coffee.html

happy 4th and 5th too:)

11:04 PM, July 04, 2010  
Anonymous Ksenia said...

I adore the summer list idea :) I should make one too.
Definitively, summer starts before here in Spain because I've already had time to do 4 of the 7 things in your "to do" list. But I don't know if sleeping with no covers is a good thing because it means a) it's too hot (another tick on the list) b) mosquitos will eat you alive.
The part b) is especially annoying when they are hungry, Asian tiger mosquitos.

12:11 AM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous Hels Bells said...

Here in the UK Pimm's IS summer in a way that no other drink is. My favourite method involves a few hours of forethough but it's worth it. Take a large jug (you know you're going to want more than one glass...) add a handful of chopped strawberries, a touch of sugar and a splash of cointreau and leave for a few hours. Then add orange slices, mint and cucumber then do one part Pimm's to 3 or 4 parts of 7 Up/Sprite. Then, if you can bear it, wait for an hour or so, add ice and serve.

2:42 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger linda said...

it is a good & secure feeling when you know your decision about the direction you want to go is right.
this first post was a lovely way to start the summer & funny as well...because i made a "mental" list of all my to-dos for july & august...& now i realize after seeing yours...that i must commit & write it down...

3:24 AM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous crystal said...

great list!

4:24 AM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous Marie@VeggieAndHealthy said...

Such a good idea! I think I'm gonna make a summer list as well :) Homemade popsicle... mmm!

6:04 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Aubrey said...

I've made a few really good homemade popsicles this summer. I just searched using the foodblogsearch.com site. I found a recipe for lemon buttermilk Popsicles that are really delicious. Also some blackberries and cream ones made with sweetened condensed milk. They were probably my favorite. In my freezer now are some tropical ones made with coconut milk, mango and banana. Next on my list are some coffee-flavored ones.

Summer is such a perfect time for homemade popsicles

6:20 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger JAG said...

Our favorite Pimm's cup is with Ting and borage flowers. Ting is Jamaican grapefruit soda, very different than any of the "Italian grapefruit soda" that we can find at the upscale grocery stores. Much tangier, and worth the expense, if you can find it.

7:24 AM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cold-brewed iced coffee!

I've never commented here before (though I've been reading your blog for ages), but I just had to pipe up on this one because this is all I've been drinking in the morning for the past month or so. Boston has been ridiculously hot and sticky this summer.

If you happen to have a french press, it's incredibly easy - just put your ground coffee and water in the french press, stick it in the fridge overnight, and in the morning... press. Wonderful.

7:37 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger A Day That is Dessert said...

How were the brioche buns?

My list is just about the same. And deviled eggs! - I never think to make, but love them. My friend Karen brings me some every time she comes over.

7:55 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Louis Duke said...

ah, whoa.

I love this post.

More, please.

=D

8:32 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Camellia said...

Happy Seattle summer!

Here's my Pimm's advice: only use the best ginger ale/ginger beer, and add some freshly-grated raw ginger. Cucumber is good, of course, but I've also found that the more tart berries are nice (raspberries, blueberries, etc).

8:38 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger sillygirl said...

There was a recipe in Sunset Magazine years ago for Coffee Concentrate that I make all the time - no bitterness as it doesn't heat. Proportions are 1 pound of coffee to 7 cups of cold water - let it sit overnight and then put through a coffee filter. For regular coffee it's about 3 tablespoons of concentrate in a cup and add boiling water. You can make it as weak or strong as you like obviously. The same for cold coffee and using in cookie recipes or stews or such. Even ordinary store coffee tastes better. Thanks Sunset!

8:41 AM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Gemma said...

Hope the 5th is living up to expectation?

I would make a list of my own but think I'll just steal a combination of these 2 instead as they pretty much sum it up and, for once, I'm lucky enough to have been able to tick off a bunch of things already. Guess after it poured with rain all last Summer we deserved a break...

I'm going to try making cold-brewed coffee soon - just been hearing too much about it lately and it sounds like my type of lazy morning drink.

12:08 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Michelle said...

It's been so rainy here in Oklahoma - as you probably already know - that I feel like I'm in Seattle. Can't wait for the Pimm's recipe!

12:08 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Janet said...

Happy 4th of July to you! We just celebrated Canada Day on July 1st last week Thursday. Stretched that puppy out to make an extra looong weekend. :-)
It's 93 and sunny here. Summer in the city!!

1:12 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Anne Marie said...

"Hooray up" tomato and mayo sandwiches!!

1:22 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger mimi charmante said...

uhm, it's the 5th... where is it? the news said sun from today on through the rest of the week. so???
thank you for sharing photos and reminding me that (if we are lucky) soon I will be complaining about it being too hot in our room in the evenings.. I hope.
xx

1:57 PM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous Whitney said...

What a great list! I second the homemade popsicles and deviled eggs.

Glad you are finally getting a little summer!

3:02 PM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Pimm's cup, fell in love with the punch while visiting Cambridge an going on a long walk to King's Lynn. I make them by the pitcher, as that was how it was served to my friends and I at the pub where we were introduced to the drink. So many people here have a strange taken on it, but how I was told to make them was 1 part Pimms, to 2 parts ginger ale or lemon soda, then add mint, slices of lemon (not orange, it just doesn't work), halved strawberries an slices of cucumber. I basically add an amount of fruit that is equal to half of the Pimms/soda mixture in the pitcher.

3:10 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, all, and happy 5th! The sun is STILL not out in Seattle today. I'm feeling murderous. While I wait for summer to arrive, I'd love to hear more about what's on your summer lists! Bring it on.

And most importantly, thank you for being so supportive of my making some changes around here. I really do think it's important to let our work change as we change, and to stay flexible. I'm grateful to you for understanding that, and for being here. You are great.

Brian G., I should have put tidepools on my list! I love tidepools. Have you seen the giant purple starfish we have out here? I've seen them around Bellingham and on Vancouver Island, and they're amazing.

Beth, your Vashon visit sounds perfect. Very inspiring.

Kickpleat, you are so right about being barefoot in the grass! SO RIGHT. That belongs on every summer list.

Emilia, I'm so glad you liked the bread salad! I'm making it in a cooking class this week, and now you've got me very excited about it.

Pattee, our restaurant is called Delancey.

Anna, I love the idea of your hibiscus lemon balm popsicles! I love hibiscus iced tea in the summer, so it's right up my alley.

Lecia, the buns were incredible! I'm hoping that Brandi will post about them on her blog. They were totally worth the effort.

And to all who left Pimm's Cup suggestions: WHOOO! Now I have an excuse to drink even more Pimm's, all in the name of research! Brilliant! Thank you. I love you.

3:12 PM, July 05, 2010  
OpenID panther said...

ok, it's the 5th. I'm still in a sweatshirt, and am trying to un-damp myself from a weekend of "camping." (Is it really camping if there is a heated pool, and a full outdoor kitchen within a few feet of your air-mattress-filled tent?)

Happy Summer, Molly!

3:33 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Rosiecat said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could buy and sell weather? Like, I'd trade you some of my Texas warmth and sunshine for some of your cool Seattle weather, which, to me, sounds like heaven right now. I'm thinking, Hooray up, November! (My apologies to anyone who is still waiting for their summer to start.)

But I'm not ready to give up summer's tomatoes. No sir. And I have not eaten any ice cream since summer started! I think that may be a criminal offense!

Wishing you a happy, happy summer, Molly. It's so good to see you back here again. So good.

6:31 PM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous Sweet Pea Chef said...

I LOVE the idea of making a summer list! Thanks for the idea (and for sharing)!

7:45 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Jessica said...

Pimm's Cup is TOTALLY on my summer list, too! Can't wait to see your recipe.

9:07 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger Denise | Chez Danisse said...

When I think of deviled eggs, I think of my aunt. We ate them when we were in Wisconsin together. I was about 5 or 6 years old and they were part of what I thought was a very fancy buffet in our hotel. I think I'll add them to my summer list too.

9:37 PM, July 05, 2010  
Blogger katrinka said...

Sure enough, wait long enough on the 5th and HERE COMES THE SUN in the NW!

Pimm's is totally 100% on my summer list (which was only in my head until I read this post - thanks for making me write it down!). Proper Pimm's is made with Sprite or 7-Up - "lemonade" in the UK - but I've been experimenting with sparkling water and Santa Cruz Organic lemonade (much to my English husband's chagrin). Turns out it's quite tasty. Next Pimm's event is my aunt's birthday in two weeks. BBQ on the beach, summer in the glass. Bring it!

10:44 PM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had Pimms cup on the 4th of July here in Los Angeles - it felt right to be drinking a British beverage on the anniversary of us basically flipping them off. We made a pitcher (pitchers, really) of 1 part Pimms to 2 parts sparkling lemonade (not 7up). Then we loaded up each glass with ice, 1 lemon slice, 1 orange slice, one halved strawberry, 1 slice cucumber (sliced like a pickle) and - and this is key - a sprig of mint. It felt sort of like a dry sangria, really. They were so good we plan on making it a tradition!

10:47 PM, July 05, 2010  
Anonymous Justin Orde said...

Such a fan of Pimms. For me it's all about the fresh ness of the mint and the volume of fruit you pack into it - MORE strawberries MORE STRAWBERRIES - and orange rind :)

2:49 AM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Tarheel Kate said...

I am Seattle bound in a couple of weeks and lokking forward to the Pacific NW summer weather after the summer we've had in Atlanta. I was looking at your list and it's similar to mine. I have prolific Basil and have made Basil Oil, Basil Pesto and Basil Garlic Mayo, which BTW, is great with the homegrown tomato sandwich. Popcicles are next on my list!

5:54 AM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous SarahB said...

Try this (credit to our friend Tiffany): Pint glass, fill with 2 oz each good bourbon and cherry juice. Fill rest of glass with lemonade and ice. So, so good!!!

Just back from Chincoteague Island, VA, where cantaloupe ice cream and sea scallops brought home to cook and eat with prosecco stood out as tastes of summer. YUM!

6:40 AM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Jean P. said...

Late to the party as usual but had to tell how very much I love your new perspective/philosophy/stance. Shoot, I don't know what it is, but words about food never should be forced. Be Molly and we'll all love it. Shazam, just like that!

7:00 AM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh Molly, I've been thinking about list making lately too! I love how it gives me focus. I am a sucker for crossing things off--makes me proud to see what I've done. I did one of the things on your list yesterday. I was reading your book outside on a deck overlooking a lake. It was summer perfection.

7:12 AM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous {kms} said...

top of my list: smell the sun. EVERYDAY. xo.

10:03 AM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Vagabondiana said...

There's an award for you on my page. Wonderful posts and writing. Glad to have been introduced to you via a competition I ran for the best link.x

10:14 AM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anne said...

Love it! Summer always goes too quick so better make a list.

11:04 AM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

PIMM'S!!!! What a true summer MUST!

11:16 AM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Brilliant! I'm glad you finally get a little summer. We have been living it up in the south for quite some time. Thanks for the checklist--I believe I've covered most of the bases!

11:29 AM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG - I thought I was the only one in the world that equated summmertime with tomato & mayo sandwiches!! I long all winter for the summer farmers markets with their big fat, warm, slightly soft beefsteak tomatoes! (I'm far to lazy to grow my own!). I've even made a convert of my husband, who, Mexican that he is, includes avocado slices in his sandwiches. Not for me - the ultimate purist. And I spend FAR too much time thinking about and running around town to find JUST THE RIGHT BREAD. Not just ANY bread for the proper tomato & mayo sandwich. I've experimented a lot. Though I'm usually disposed toward earthy, whole grains, for the proper summer tomato sandwich I must have a hearty, peasanty, white. Not too crusty, not to faint of heart, and thickly sliced, and just so very lightly toasted (and COOLED before spreading the mayo!). OMG, I need one right now!!!

12:09 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Jess said...

Good stuff, Molly. I second those tomato and mayo sandwiches. Also on my list: fresh currants, breakfasts and dinners on the balcony, yogurt and cucumbers with salt and pepper, getting lost in new places, long cafe sits with new friends, late-night, still-light strolls with Eli, and courage to speak up in my broken German to any poor soul who will listen! xo.

12:27 PM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Louisa Baer said...

It's so nice to have more frequent orangette posts! Hurray for writing about whatever you want. Also, what kind of popsicles do you like to make?

1:21 PM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Gabi said...

What a great idea! Summer always goes by too fast and I think a summer list is a great way to make sure you stop and small the fresh fruit!

I just moved from Boston, where June is often more cold and rainy than a Seattle winter, so I totally understand the sentiment.

But if you ever need to cheat and enjoy summer before July, we've had delicious avocados here in California for a couple months.

1:46 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Kristy said...

Absolutely YES to the avocado with salt & lime. Even if some of my relatives prefer it sweet in a smoothie. And cold-brewed iced coffee is on my list, too. Mmmmm, coffee.

2:22 PM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous melissa.leighe@gmail.com said...

love the idea of a summer list. i've been on an "ask outloud" kick lately and i find that it's been helping me find what i'm looking/hoping for!

no true summer yet in southern california either.. bizarre..

2:33 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Jennywenny said...

Happy summer to you! I'm so busy I havent had a chance to get outdoors at all, hopefully this weekend that will change, we're selling our house, so we have to be out all weekend so we dont have to talk to prospective buyers!

I'm very intrigued by your pimms cup recipe! I've been trying to work out how I like it, I think it needs a small splash of ginger ale, not too much, then a big glug of 7up(not american style lemonade), and some cucumber. Those are essential, not sure what else I like in there. I think lots of fruit helps!

3:16 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Anna said...

wooohooo! summer lists are so important.

3:25 PM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Georgia Pellegrini said...

Aah, there's a list-maker in all of us...

3:42 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger jen said...

love this post - so glad you're back! i was inspired to write my own list, though we're WELL into summer in my part of the country. :)

4:27 PM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I have avocados and limes at room temperature on my counter, having pulled them at 10am this morning, and just read your new post at 5pm the same day. What a coincidence! Thank you, heartily, for all the inspiration, recipes, and fabulous choice of words, Molly. You rock.

5:03 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger Threaded Basil said...

I started making cold press over a year ago and now I'm addicted. I've also converted many many friends and relatives into becoming followers. Do you have a toddy maker? Because, really, it is amazing. I'm not trying to get you to my blog, but this link: http://threadedbasil.blogspot.com/2008/11/drink-up-its-coldpress.html has some info on cold press and a link to a toddy maker, if you are interested.

Really, it's amazing.

6:14 PM, July 06, 2010  
Blogger lisamarie said...

And they already have the Vogue "fall fashion" issue up in the grocery store. I much prefer cherishing summer before it's gone. This is a great method!

6:18 PM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finished reading your book recently and plan on giving several as gifts this year. Thought of you when I read my 3-yo "Bread & Jam for Frances." Thanks for the good Summer List idea. In the OKC area I am already enjoying lots of homegrown tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers YUM!

9:32 PM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous Sweet Pea Chef said...

Love the list idea! Think I'm gonna have to make my own and post it! Thanks for the great ideas.

10:08 PM, July 06, 2010  
Anonymous LimeCake said...

happy summer! it's about time!

3:50 AM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger Kat said...

I am loving your book . . . and I'm telling all of my friends about it.

6:20 AM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger Camille said...

Thanks for the link for iced coffee. Just finished my glass and it was delish!

8:40 AM, July 07, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iced coffee was the thing that made me go past my coyness and leave a comment after reading you for I don't know how many years!!!

But when you feel like one... try this ... and you will never regret it!

All you will need is a glass of half an half milk, a double espresso, sugar if you take any in your coffee, cinnamon if you like it in your cappucino :)

and something that will resemble this: http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/kitchen-appliances-drink-mixers.html

you will pour the cold milk - it has to be cold - in the drink mixer for about 10 mins till it thickens and gets like cream

you will pour your double super strong espresso (after you have added as much sugar as you want while it is hot) over ice.

then you will add as much as you want from the creamed milk. I usually make it in a long, flute glass and fill it with the creamed milk to the top.

sprinkle some cinnamon on top if you like.

really...it may sound weird, but I know you will enjoy it.

with lots of admiration and sunshine :)

argyro from athens, greece

10:23 AM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger Christy said...

If I might make a late suggestion: Cock 'n Bull Ginger Beer instead of regular ginger ale or lemon-lime soda in your Pimm's Cup. So spicy and delicious! A shot of Pimms and the rest ginger beer and ice and I don't even care about the cucumber slice.

2:32 PM, July 07, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is a delicious and simple summer popsicle. take a can of coconut milk- organic if you are like me. pour it into some sort of container that has a spout, aka pitcher :-). add some agave nectar to your desired sweetness. mix well. pour mix into icecream molds and put the sticks in. freeze. eat on a hot day. bon appétit!

/augusta

4:30 PM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Just started reading your book and I love it! Thanks for the link on how to prepare cold-brewed coffee--so simple and I don't have to order a contraption to take up more space in my little kitchen!

I've been perusing my great-grandmother's handwritten recipes in her little ledger book from the late 1800's. I think I shall start sharing them on my blog. I just love the little recipe box you inherited from your grandmother. It is a treasure trove of love and memories.

5:08 PM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger Maggie said...

wow, 96 comments already, you have been missed! I just wanted to comment and let you know that I made the broccoli soup you posted back in Feb last year for my Mum's birthday dinner last night and it was delicious, everybody loved it!

5:10 PM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger ParisBreakfasts said...

This summer I would like to paint back-lit peonies sitting in glasses like yours...
But it means coming to Seattle which is a ways to go for a still life..still...thinking about it
Carolg :)

7:30 PM, July 07, 2010  
Anonymous Paige said...

Ahhhh Seattle, it took us until the 7th this year but summer is here. Time to start stocking up on refreshing beverage recipes. Looking forward to your Pimm's cup!

9:24 PM, July 07, 2010  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I love your new feeling about posting here, and I have a feeling I'll love reading people's summer lists when I make my way through the comments! Orangette has been one of my very favorite spots for a very long time now and I'm glad it's feeling fresh for you!

Made some popsicles last week: made a basil lemon simple syrup and when it cooled a whirred some of it in the blender with wild blackberries and a little yogurt. So delicious. Maybe a little less sugar next time.

p.s. Oh, I haven't had a Gordon's Cup yet this summer! Must do that.

9:44 PM, July 07, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your assiduous research on the Pimms Cup front. I know the results will be splendid! .

10:23 PM, July 07, 2010  
Blogger Amy said...

Hi Molly, et al.
I agree with your list one hundred percent. I am pleased with your quick posting. I have to say that deviled eggs are something that should be included in every summer shindig. BUT, if feeling lazy, a hard-boiled egg with sea salt and some chopped parsley is definitely on my last-meal list. I don't know why exactly, but there is something pure and eggy that I wouldn't want to forget if I had to decide my last meal. BTW, everyone should decide their last meal. Not to be gloomy, but just a yummy-thought provocative moment....

12:15 AM, July 08, 2010  
Anonymous izziedarling said...

Am reading your book and enjoyed this post. IS THAT YOUR DOG? Looks like almost twin of mine, Cooper, except Coop has rat ears. Love.

5:37 AM, July 08, 2010  
Anonymous Erin said...

Add 'Pick blackberries and buy Band-Aids for the effects thereof' to my list.

11:53 AM, July 08, 2010  
Blogger Hannah said...

I love your blog! Your writing style is inspiring, and whether you have a recipe or not, I look forward to every new post. Oh yeah, cold brewed coffee is on my list, too.

4:57 PM, July 08, 2010  
Blogger abbyartnphoto said...

Hello! I'm a new follower. I am loving your summer list - it quite closely resembles mine. I've never heard of tomato(!) and mayo sandwiches before, though! May need to try that before August flies by...

- http://abbyartnphoto.blogspot.com/

12:15 AM, July 09, 2010  
Anonymous Sandy from Tassie said...

Neat post Molly - living in the southernmost city of Australia we share some summer impatience. Lovely pic of toms!

2:24 AM, July 09, 2010  
Anonymous the constant hunger said...

I just started reading your blog and I absolutely love your style of writing. So laid-back and enjoyable. I look forward to reading all your posts.

4:13 AM, July 09, 2010  
Anonymous ann said...

I've found that the absolute key to a proper Pimm's cup is to use chiffonaded borage leaves in place of cucumbers. They really taste much more like cucumber than cucumbers do. Really delicious, but somewhat hard to find, so we grow our own (they're also beautiful and as one of your other commentors note, the flowers are edible and look lovely floating about in a cocktail). Cheers!!

12:05 PM, July 09, 2010  
Blogger Pretty Girl said...

Just remember your blog is for you... But of course the rest of enjoy reading it. My favorite Pimm's Cup is with lemonade! Glad to see you are back!

1:22 PM, July 09, 2010  
Anonymous Elsa said...

Hey, I made a list of summer goals, too! They're minor and frivolous, and I'm deeply, earnestly happy to be accomplishing them... especially since one of them involved buying a case of sparkling wine. Hell yes.

2:28 PM, July 09, 2010  
Anonymous Erin said...

Molly, where do you edit your photos? I'm sorry if this is something often asked, I'm new to this blog. But I love the crisp, lo-fi effect that you have!

Have fun with your summer list. It seems so fun. I guess I'd better make one of my own!

7:44 PM, July 11, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Thanks, Erin! I use film cameras, and I think that's what you're seeing. I love film! These are the cameras I used to take the photos in this post:

1. Pentax K1000 (35 mm)
2. Polaroid SX-70 (with 600 film)
3. Holga (medium format)
4. Pentax K1000
5. Pentax K1000
6. Hasselblad 500c/m (medium format)

12:42 AM, July 12, 2010  
Anonymous laura said...

Something about this post made me tear up. Happiness and grand memories can be made from the most simple of pleasures - like lemonade and a great book read on a hot summer night. I have not read a novel in far too long. Thanks for the thoughts - need to make my summer list.

7:25 AM, July 13, 2010  
Anonymous janie said...

thanks for the list... i have a summer drink for you to try. i recently discover aperol and the "spritz" but when i was in Amsterdam, I had a special spritz -- they filled a wine glass with ice cubes, added a good glug of aperol, a splash of grand marnier, proscecco, soda and a big squeeze of oj. Oh my my! have a great summer!

2:44 PM, July 14, 2010  
Anonymous Robyn said...

Oh Molly, I LOVE this post. We live in Oregon and know firsthand about the July 5th thing. We left for Texas two weeks ago to visit friends and family and I loved almost every second of those 90 degree temps (especially since it was only in the 60's when we left here) and then we returned yesterday to a beautiful Northwest summer day. Here's to the beginnning of our summer in this corner of the world!

And your list is perfect by the way. Perfect!

9:05 AM, July 18, 2010  
Blogger sara said...

Sorry your 4th was cold here in Denver it rained like a Florida monsoon.

Love raspberries in any form liguid- solid - confectionery.

Sara
http://www.momentsofelegance.com

6:33 PM, July 18, 2010  
Anonymous Jen Erwin said...

Pimm's Cup tip: My favorite Pimm's Cup in New Orleans right now is at Pal's Lounge. They use cucumber-flavored sparkling water instead of 7-up or ginger ale. It's perfect. I don't remember the brand name but you can get it at Whole Foods for sure.

6:49 AM, July 20, 2010  
Blogger Joanna said...

Oooh - love Pim's Cup!
And Jen Erwin - I love Pal's Lounge!
The cucumber fizzy water must make it amazing. Can't wait to try that.

6:09 PM, July 20, 2010  
Blogger Bake your cake and eat it too said...

I totally agree the weather has been bizzare on Whidbey Island as well! Then it got scorching hot for a week and no house here has air conditioning so I craved the cooler weather we had been having! lol.

12:10 AM, July 22, 2010  
Anonymous The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

Mmm...Pimm's! I just discovered Pimm's Cups during my vacation in England. I had my first one at the Eagle & Child pub in Oxford, and have been drinking it--and blogging about it--since I got home!

I've been mixing mine with fizzy lemonade, cucumber, strawberries, lemon and lime slices, and mint.

After reading all the suggestions here in comments, I really think I need to try using ginger ale next.

9:49 PM, July 22, 2010  
Blogger gingerrose said...

Hahaha, Hooray Up! That's pretty adorable.

10:46 AM, August 03, 2010  

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