Fav Stuff Giveaway!!!

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I moved! Phew! Stuff is spewed everywhere in my current apt, and I’m trying my hardest to get organized and set-up. In lieu of my recent move, I haven’t been in the kitchen much, obvi. So, while I get sorted and organized, I have a giveaway for you of all of my current fav stuff.

1. Blood, Bones & Butter! Such a good read. I liked it a lot. I’m sure you will, too.

2. French wooden spoons! Not particularly expensive. Not really fancy, but necessary in every kitchen.

3. A vegetable peeler. Are vegetable peelers exciting? Nah. They’re about a million times less exciting than a new pair of shoes. But I like this one. And vegetables are everywhere nowadays, right?

4. A set of The Perfect Ice Cube trays. These will change your life. You’ll wonder why plastic ice cube trays even exist. They make the pretties ice cubes, too. Awesome for summer.

To enter, leave a comment answering the following question:

“What’s your favorite summer meal?”

(I need food inspiration–can you tell?)

I’ll choose a random winner at noon (PST) on Thursday, July 5th. Have a Happy 4th of July! xo

Update! The winner is:

Stef

Her comment:

ELOTES!!!! I live in Chicago and nothing feels more like summer to me than this! I would LOVE LOVE to see a healthy version! yumm!!

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Elise July 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

Pico de gallo with grilled shrimp and avocado on tostadas! YUM!

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Rachel July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

My favorite summer meal is fresh tomato and clam pasta! Yummy!

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Alyssa Trobacher July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

I always, and I mean always love a good burger. Pretty basic, but definitely my fav

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Megan July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

OOh, I already know those ice cube trays would change my life. My plastic ones are the worst!

And my favorite summer meal is grilled pork tenderloin with and grilled sweet potatoes and asparagus. With blueberry crumble for dessert!

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Shannon Butler July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

My fave summer meal is the spicy summer veggie tomato sauce my dad makes. Squash, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, onion and tons of garlic. He
He uses cumin, chili powder and a little oregano, too. It’s unbelievably yummy!!!

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Karen July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

My favorite summer meal is a vegetable salad and an easy sandwich – anything that doesn’t take too much time.

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Brandi July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

My favorite summer meal is simple. A BLT made with tomatoes fresh out of my garden! Sometimes I add a bit of avocado to change it up a bit.

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Danielle July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

Favorite summer meal is definitely fennel and orange salad. And I feel for you, I’m
In the middle of moving too…such a pain!

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Kaitlyn W July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

Tomato and corn pie! So simple and delicious.

http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/08/tomato-and-corn-pie/

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penny July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

Corn salad. Ever since corn has been back in season, I’ve eaten the same salad every other day.

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Rachel R. July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

burgers, potato salad, corn.

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Brianna July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

I like to take advantage of farmer’s markets in the summer so I do a lot of cooking with fresh vegetables.

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christa July 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

Grilled pizza!

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Heather July 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

Fresh tuna nicoise salad with yummy crunchy bread!

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Emily Bentti July 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

Favorite summer meal: Grilled flank steak (charred on the outside, medium rare in the middle) marinated in garlic, soy sauce, fresh ginger and green onions. Sliced thin and served on spinach or green leaf lettuce with fresh tomato wedges, blue cheese crumbles and roasted red peppers! With balsamic vinaigrette of COURSE :) Now I’m hungry…

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Rett July 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

During the summer I like anything that’s light and refreshing, especially since I live in the South, where we got that whole heat and humidity deal going on. I think the perfect summer meal for me would be a nice, light salad, with baby spinach and little chunks of watermelon, lightly dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Then, to wash it down, a gin & tonic, because there is nothing more refreshing than a gin & tonic, especially during the heat of summer.

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Stef A July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

ELOTES!!!! I live in Chicago and nothing feels more like summer to me than this! I would LOVE LOVE to see a healthy version! yumm!!

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Melissa H. July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

Oh, what perfect timing! In addition to being veggie peeler-less, the weather is 100+ in DC, our AC is broken and I just “hulked” one of our 2 ice cube trays (re: broke it in half while trying to wrestle the ice cubes out of it).

With that: My new favorite summer meal is an old Turkish staple, Saksuka (shak-shu-kah). Eggplant, zucchini, peppers, with a hearty heaping of garlic yogurt.

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Jenn Vorpahl July 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

Steamed clams or grilled marinated chicken and vegetable kabobs! and then a desert of blueberry pound cake, so so so good!

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Jen @ Fresh from the... July 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

Anything fruity, really. Though I have a hard time justifying baking fruit into things when it’s so good by itself. Conundrums!

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Emily D. July 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

My favorite summer meal in Panzanella (mostly for the croutons if I’m being honest). I will make some quick grilled chicken or burgers or something if I feel like I need it, but I could really eat that salad all summer long.

I have had that book on my Amazon wishlist forevvver. So crossing my fingers.

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Heather S. July 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

Fresh corn salad with bacon, tomatoes, green onions, and some fresh lime juice. With a Hendrick’s gin and tonic, duh. Delicious!

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laura @ glutton for nourishment July 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

lots of big salads with corn, goat cheese, cilantro, avocado, yummy things like that thrown in.

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Caty July 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

A salad with grilled balsamic peaches, goat cheese and candied pecans! And maybe some grilled chicken.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

fave summer meal…does watermelon and cookies count as a meal?

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A.J. July 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

My favorite summer meal is chicken under a brick, grilled potato slices, and tomato, basil, and feta salad

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Robin July 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

My fav summer meal is corn on the cob!!

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Nicole W. July 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

My favorite summer meal is summery pizza with grilled chicken, fresh berries, onions, and lots of mozzarella, with a big glass of apple wine. :)

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Tara July 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

Anything on the grill. Shrimp is probably my favorite!

I would LOVE to win the ice cube trays. They’re perfect for making homemade baby food. :)

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Sharon Lim July 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

I love lots of hearty salads for summer – loaded with fruits like orange slices, apricots, tomatoes, cherries, grapes, avocados (or whatever that I find in my kitchen), and with a light dressing (my current favorite is ginger sesame!).
I also do love me a “Naengmyeon” which is a Korean cold noodles dish – sour and spicy and absolutely refreshing in summer!

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Sharon Lim July 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

… I would love that copy of Blood, Bones and Butter! It’s been on my “to-read” list but I’m still getting through several books so I haven’t bought that yet.

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Sarah July 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

Growing up in Texas, I would have to say my favorite summer meal is fajitas. Perfectly marinated meat with a healthy scoop of guacamole and some cheese, it cannot be beat!

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Diana H July 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

rye bread BLT, heavy on heirloom or other tasty T, with guacamole instead of mayo

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electricdaisy July 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

Chicken marinated in mustard and balsamic, corn on the cob roasted in their husks in the oven (no butter even necessary…seriously, this is the best way) and a nice fresh salad! Plain Greek yogurt with frozen berries for dinner.

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April July 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

Grilled baby back ribs, with corn on the cob for a side!

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Liz July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

Gazpacho with a light pasta salad with vinaigrette and some Caprese with reduced balsamic drizzled over the tomatoes, cheese and basil (rice milk mozzarella for me allergic to whey)

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Jordan Riley July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

My family stole a salad recipe from Sunset a few years back that I *love*. Basically it’s halved cherry tomatoes and fresh raw corn with some basil and a basic oil/vinegar dressing. So good.

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Erica July 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

Favorite summer meal? Homemade bean burgers with avocado and tomato, and a giant salad on the side.

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giuliana July 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

Mario Batali’s fresh plum tomato sauce- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ciao-america-with-mario-batali/fresh-plum-tomato-sauce-recipe/index.html. Summer tomatoes make all the difference. This sauce is amazing, and super quick (less than 15 minutes of cooking)!

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Tarin July 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

My fave summer meal is my mom’s famous salad – mixed baby greens with raspberries, blueberries, walnuts and gorgonzola in a raspberry walnut dressing. Soooooooo good.

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Holley July 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

Every kind of chip and every kind of dip for every meal, washed down with a glass of rosé. Well, maybe another drink for breakfast– OR NOT because it’s summer and who cares?

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Quin July 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

Mussels a curried coconut ginger broth with grilled bread. Mmmm.

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Ali July 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’m originally from Baltimore so my favorite summer meal is Maryland blue crabs smothered in Old Bay seasoning and a nice cold beer (or two) to go with it.

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Catie July 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

Mexican street corn! (It’s a meal the way I eat it … in massive quantities.)

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Jennifer H July 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

My favorite summer meal is chicken/pineapple/bell pepper/onion kabobs on the grill with a side of rice. Or grilled pizza-YUM! Basically, I don’t cook in the summer in my kitchen… only on the balcony with the grill fired up.

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Lorna July 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

my favourite summer meal would have to be something with halloumi cheese. probably grilled with vegetables in a tomato marinade, served with a vegetable cous cous!

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Emily July 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

Probably a turkey burger, some sort of delicious tomato/cucumber salad, and chips and guac!

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Melissa July 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

Quinoa salad! No need to turn on the oven, keeps great if you pop it in the fridge, lots of ways to make it!

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sarah July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

quinoa with feta or goats cheese and fresh veggies (like cucumber and radish) and herbs (mint and parsley) and some lemon and olive oil for a light and refreshing meal. some watermelon and cherries for dessert or some mango sorbet for something a bit special.

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Kim July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

Definitely marinated pork chops on the grill with some potato salad and a nice fruit salad.

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Jade Sheldon July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

There is nothing better than a bbq burger and grilled peaches for dessert!

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Tonia L. July 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

Bow tie pasta salad w/ fresh veggies (broccoli, colorful peppers, green onions, zucchini, yellow squash, etc.)

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sarah July 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

My fave summer meal involves a Maryland crab boil with a side of pasta salad!

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Sarah H.P. July 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

My favorite summer meal has to be hot dogs with lots of toppings, potato salad, and baked beans, along with brownies for dessert!

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Julie July 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

My favorite summer meal is grilled pork chops with grilled asparagus, bbq chips and baked beans and homemade peach ice cream (the way my grandma made it) for dessert!

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Alexis July 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

Balsamic BBQ shredded beef (or chicken) on a brioche bun topped with homemade coleslaw – on the side a cold quinoa salad made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, diced tomatoes, black beans, cilantro and fresh white corn. Yum Yum!

I’ll be making this for my sons b’day at the end of the month – sure to please ALL the family :)

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Krista July 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

I can’t get enough cold bean salads. My current fave is garbanzo beans, tomatoes and avocado sprinkled with lemon and loads of garlic. Yum!

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Janice July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

Seafood and salad. Any combination, made any way. Beach food. :)

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Nichole July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

My favorite summer meal is skewers on the BBQ with grilled veggies, meat, and sometimes fruit! Light and tasty!!

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Catherine July 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

Right now, since it’s too hot to contemplate eating anything not cold, I would have to say popsicles. Specifically, the pops in the Paletas cookbook. I just finished off a round of the avocado paletas and loved every bite . . . or lick :)

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Samantha July 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

My most favorite summer meal is a big, big salad full of fresh veggies, topped with chick peas, shredded cheese, sunflower seeds, croutons, and Sweet Vidalia Dressing and a glass of ice water. Maybe a few bites of Ben and Jerry’s frozen Greek yogurt as dessert if it’s really hot out. :)

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Terri July 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

My fav summer meal….A good grilled veggie burger with lots of good flavor, veggies, and nuts, with a side of some type of bean/lentil salad with veggies and a creamy avacodo sauce. I am obsessed with avacodos and greek yogurt theese days!
Thanks for the contest!

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Abby Stevens July 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

Anything that has fresh summer corn and fresh tomatoes! I can’t get enough of these native veggies in the summertime!

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Rachael July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

My favorite summer dinner is a Caprese salad and a chunk of watermelon. Who can eat a full meal when it’s this hot?

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Megan Q. July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’ve been into sliders lately..so versatile, and well, cute!
Good luck getting your apartment situated!

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Sarah July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

A room temperature pasta with fresh corn and cherry tomatoes.

Or a chilled grain salad with chopped vegetables, cooked spelt, edamame, and a vinaigrette.

Or this with sweet potatoes instead of the white ones: http://joythebaker.com/2010/06/wild-rice-salad-with-yogurt-vinaigrette/

Definitely the last one.

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Shane July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

Fish Tacos.

Seared or Balckened Tuna. Chipolte Lime Sauce. Fresh Napa Slaw. And pineapple/ mango salsa. So Good and refreshing!!

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Hallie J July 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

Black bean salad with tomatoes, avocado, fresh corn, cilantro, green onion and lots of lime juice! Perfectly fresh and healthy!

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Hallie J July 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

Black Bean salad with fresh corn, avocado, tomato, green onion, cilantro & lots of fresh lime juice! So fresh & delicious!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks July 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

White wine!

Oh, wait…

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Kim July 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

Anything and everything on the grill. Stuffed burgers, asparagus, corn on the cob, and grilled peaches a la mode for dessert.

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Joy W. July 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

I wouldn’t know about favorite summer meal ever, but I had a really amazing dinner recently of ratatouille over farro, and then for dessert homemade crepes with mascarpone cheese, figs, and mint with honey drizzled over it. I’ve been obsessively thinking about it ever since, so it must have been good!

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Tammy S July 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

Definitely grilled portabellas with onions!!! Yum!

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Allison C July 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

Tempura fish tacos, please!
:)

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Lauren Bux July 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

I LOVE grilled pizzas (and experimenting with them too)!!
http://foodistherapy.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/pizza-crust-for-the-grill/

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Karen July 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

tacos al pastor with flour tortillas! with a big tall glass of horchata.

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Liz July 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

Fresh sliced tomatoes with a fried egg on the side. The perfect weeknight meal for hot weather.

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jodi hammond July 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

i like farm to table meals…so going to farmer’s market, selecting what looks fresh and good, going berry picking…or picking peaches…
coming home making a blt with heirloom tomatoes, and thick pepper bacon, maybe an aioli…then some fresh strawberry shortcake with great biscuits…or peach cobbler…warm and delicious

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Abby July 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

Summer fav: ANYTHING with grilled corn. Seriously, I’ve been eating fresh corn on everything from pasta to sandwiches.

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Darbi July 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

BLT with corn on the cob, watermelon and cucumbers!

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Kristina M July 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

My favorite summer meal is chicken tacos loaded with tomatoes, avacados, and red onions. yum :)

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Shavon July 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

My favorite summer meal is linguine with shrimp scampi. Yummy!

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mandy July 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

i could never choose! something grilled with all my family near – shrimp or chicken preferred and a yummy cold pasta salad.

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Telza July 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

In the summer I usually love things that don’t require I turn on an oven but my absolute favorite summer time food will always been steamed shrimp and crabs. It just tastes like summer.

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Mr. Mo July 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

Grilled burger (pickles, seasoned salt, colby jack cheese, a little mustard) on a delicately grilled sesame seed bun with waffle fries and fresh corn on the cob from the farmer’s stand a couple of miles away. ~Yum~

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TJ Cox July 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

Grilled Veggies and Slow cooked pulled pork!! and of course a few bottles of Vino :)

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Wilson Whitaker July 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

Ratatouille is a great way to use all those veggies! http://dwilsonwhitaker.com/feature/ratatouille

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Whitney July 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

Grilled salmon with quinoa salad!

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neha gattani July 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

My favorite summer meal will be smashed avocados on toasted sourdough bread.

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Rachel S. July 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Not too healthy, but I love the classic cheeseburger on the grill and grilled corn on the cob with a big green salad! And also a beer. :)

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Danielle July 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

My favourite summer meal is throwing together whatever is in the fridge to make a nice big salad. A recent combo which I really liked was: greens, grilled veggies, roasted potato, green onion, walnuts, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Yum!

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Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

My mom makes some amazing cold salads: cucumber salad, pasta salads, pesto salads, bean salads, you name it!

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rori July 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

There are a few different foods I like to make when it’s too hot to cook…
quinoa tabbouleh, shrimp spring rolls, spicy gazpacho soup, and a summer squash / zucchini
ribbon salad with pine nuts and parm.
That book sounds great!

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Elizabeth July 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Fresh off the vine tomatoes with thick slices of mozzarellaand a drizzle of balsamic. Soooooooo good!

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Jessica July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I love grilled teriyaki chicken with fresh tomatoes basil and mozzarella! Grilled vegetables and potatoes are always good, too!

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The Culinistas July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Perfect summer meal: Corn on the cob, grilled mushrooms, onions, and peppers, grilled chicken shish kabobs, white peach sangria, and blueberry pie with homemade vanilla ice cream.

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Lori S. July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

My favorite summer meal is a popular Vietnamese summer roll called goi cuon with peanut hoisin sauce on the side. It’s so easy to prepare. The ingredients are all fresh and you can add or leave out anything to your liking.

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Kris July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes! I try to vastly limit my tomato intake when they are out of season and then I go nuts for them during the Summer. Anything with tomatoes is my fave!

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r July 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

BBQ anything (ribs, burgers, brats), corn on the cob, watermelon salad and either beer or a chilled glass of dry white wine. Happy New Apartment!!

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Thee-Own-Ee July 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Definitely some chips with a really good homemade salsa with some sort of grilled meat or seafood.

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Jen July 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Shrimp tacos with lots of lime :)

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Alex July 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

My favorite summer meal is anything off the bbq… plus a huge bowl of berries! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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Rebecca July 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I have been loving Huevos Rancheros this summer. So fast to whip up, which is perfect when I don’t want to be standing in my kitchen over an open flame!

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Carla Reed July 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Peach hand pies!! Yum.

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simplyblythe July 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

i love orzo salad with feta, peppers, red onion, cucumber and kalamata olives…a little olive oil, red wine vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper…mmm.

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Katherine July 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I live in New York City where there is no respite from the hot, sticky, summer heat that gets trapped between the skyscrapers. Of course, the heat always finds its way inside my apartment, so turning on the oven is a no-no. I live my summers in salads–chicken salad, pasta salad, watermelon and feta, etc.

My favorite salad utilizes sweet summer corn, and it’s so easy: fresh corn, cucumber, red onion, feta, black olives, grape tomatoes, an orange pepper for extra color, and for seasoning, just kosher salt and olive oil. Yum! :)

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Kristin July 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Tuna Noodle Salad!

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Molly C. July 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Hamburgers, corn on the cob, and strawberry shortcake

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Janine July 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I love a good pressed sandwich for dinner in the summer. My favorite now is grilled veggies with pesto and provolone.

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Eileen July 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Those ice cube trays ARE the best! we’ve had ours for maybe four years, and oh man–such a small freezer footprint, and such perfect cubes. :) My favorite summer meal is a little harder–I think rice or barley salads with chickpeas, assorted vegetables, and a delicious herby vinaigrette is probably the #1. Bonus: if you make the grains in a rice cooker, you don’t heat up the entire house!

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Lisa July 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Orzo with any sort of grilled veggies (I usually use asparagus, spinach and zucchini) and while still warm mix in feta (or goat) cheese and generous squeeze of lemon. Absolutely delicious and light! Grilled shrimp would make a good addition if you wanted more protein.

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Ana Rocha July 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

My favorite summer meal is pasta with a raw tomato sauce–fresh tomatoes peeled and crushed by hand with a little olive oil and some raw garlic (which you take out before serving)

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Diana July 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

My favorite summer meal is pasta with homemade pesto and sausages slightly burnt from the grill. Plus ice cream for dessert!

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kvossler July 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

slow-cooker pulled pork sandwiches, homemade coleslaw, & grilled rosemary carrots with blackberry cobbler for dessert.

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Amanda H July 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Oh my goodness, I love me some grilled salmon! It’s definitely my all time favorite food ever! With some steamed or roasted broccoli and a wild rice mix. Nom!

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Sarah July 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I would have to say it is anything eaten outside. Particularly a tomato sandwich– gotta be on white bread (the only reason I would ever buy white bread!) with salt and pepper and a smear of Duke’s mayonnaise.

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Jeremy Short July 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Grilled salmon and asparagus with a light salad is my favorite summer meal!

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Karla G July 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I love marinated lemon dill chicken, grilled with potato salad. Yum!

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

My fav summer meal is a toss up between baseball game hot dogs with mustard or Greek yogurt bowls with lots of fruit and granola.

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mel July 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Overall, it’s very simple; watermelon panzanella or summer fruit gazpacho

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Danielle July 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

New favorite summer meal – roasted corn salad with tomatoes! YUM.

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Raini July 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Tempura over mixed greens with a ginger-miso dressing: Texas 1015 onions, sweet potatoes, Portabella mushroom slices, whole okra, even slices of fruit. Whatever is fresh, local, and in season. It’s nice way to get warm foods that don’t get overcooked or weigh you down.

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Clare July 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

My absolute favorite summer meal is berry pie! There is nothing better than berries freshly picked and baked up in a flakely, buttery crust, then dolloped with some freshly whipped cream…Mmmmmm….pie.

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Kim C July 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I love chicken that’s been marinated in a light Italian dressing on the grill along with lightly seasoned grilled veggies like tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and corn and side of brown rice or quinoa.

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Miranda July 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

That would be a green salad with grilled chicken and grilled fruit!

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Lisita July 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

BBQ chicken salad is my fav!

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

summer corn soup! it’s great warm OR cold. so sweet from farmer’s market corn. delishhhh

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Kris July 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Favourite summer meal: Farmer’s market fresh micro-greens salad with grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, pickled onion, baby broccoli florets, and a cilantro/lime vinaigrette. For dessert… Grape Nuts ice cream from #GregsIceCream.

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Rose July 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Quinoa tabboleh!

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Rayna July 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

a fresh from the garden tomato sandwich, so messy I have to eat it over the sink!

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Caitlin Restivo July 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

My favorite summer meal is Fried Tomatoes, hands down. Juicy red tomatoes dipped in milk/worctershire sauce, then Ritz cracker crumbs, fried in butter with salt and pepper…perfection on a plate :)

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Katie July 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Fish tacos!

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Katie @ Coffee for Lunch July 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

My fave summer meal is homemade guacamole, blue corn chips, and a margarita…or three.

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Francesca July 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

My favorite summer meal is gazpacho with empanadas.

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Laura July 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Eggplant burger grilled on the grill with tomato, mozzerella, and basil. Then grilled local corn too.

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Amber Henry July 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

My favorite summer meal is a fresh salad with fresh veg from my CSA! A few weeks ago I had one with lettuce, arugula, swiss chard, tomato, cucumber, onion, and a couple other veg that aren’t coming to mind right now, totaling EIGHT fresh veggies! So good.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Guacamole! I could eat it allll day.

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Karen July 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Burgers with goat cheese on rosemary kaiser rolls! YUM! Oh and you also need grilled corn and asparagus!

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Rach July 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

My favorite summer meal is definitely MD blue crab in all it’s wonderful forms! I especially love steamed crabs (or crab cakes) with plenty of old bay, hush puppies and an ice cold beer 😀

Of course, a grilled chicken Greek salad is always nice too.

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Rebecca July 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

my favorite is some sort of grilled chicken with corn on the cob and fresh watermelon. SO great for the summer!!

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Silvia July 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Grilled zucchini! Or ceviche! Or a good burger right off the grill! mmmmm!!!

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Nicole July 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I love tacos in the summer, they are super easy to make and the toppings are the best.

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S K July 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Anything grilled portobello. And spinach salad with lots of lemon, marcona almonds, and fried goat cheese. Mmmm.

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Jackie July 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

orzo pasta salad with feta, arugula, crasins, lemon zest and toasted pine nuts, paired with a big bowl of fresh hummus- yum!

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Bex July 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Tomato and corn pie, hands down. Delicious.

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happygirl July 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Caprese salad!

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Anna S July 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I love a chilled soup or gazpacho – and it probably has cucumber and is loaded with fresh herbs!

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Kamara July 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Anything with avacados.

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Shrutika July 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Penne with Asparagus, Ricotta and Lemon!

Pasta can be hefty in the summer heat but with a creamy light tangy sauce like this, I can eat it every day!

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Emily Munska July 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

My favorite summer meal is a HUGE pork tenderloin sandwich with yellow mustard and lots of pickles. And corn on the cob with just a bit of butter and tons of salt!!! It doesn’t get much better ;P

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Ashley July 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

My favorite summer meal is definitely grilled pizza! I can’t even eat the “other” pizza anymore!

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Sirenjess July 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Something with summer fruit

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Kathy K July 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Salade Niçoise!

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Margarita July 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Grilled or sauteed summer veggies with just olive oil,salt, and pepper!

Good luck on settling in… I just did that last week and boy am I glad it’s over!

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April July 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Growing up in a tropical (and very humid) country, my childhood summers are all associated with family trips at the beach, the river, or the local pool. Nothing’s better than getting out of the water and having a feast of grilled fish stuffed with fresh vegetables* and pork bbq skewers** waiting for you. :) And eating watermelon straight from the rinds ha ha.

*grilled tilapia stuffed with onion, garlic, tomatoes, etc.
(with dipping sauce of vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic plus chili)

**pork bbq skewers: pork marinated in soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, pepper sugar, banana catsup, and pineapple juice

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ellie July 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Summer Ratatouille and Blueberry Pie!

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Dawn July 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Salad, salad, salad! Summer is all about salads for me.

My favorite usually involves the following: baby spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms (sauteed in BBQ sauce), avocado, red onion, red bell pepper, and alfalfa sprouts. :)

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Amber July 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

My favorite summer meal it grilled watermelon! Yum!!

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Michelle Touchton July 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I love salads and grilled pizzas or fresh baked bread!

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Amanda July 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

My husband makes the best hamburgers :) and they are perfect with grilled red potatoes and squash and zucchini!! yumm yumm

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kaity July 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Ooh my mom makes the best cold chicken and pasta salad with grapes, green apple, celery, and a mustard/mayonnaise dressing. It’s super refreshing and filling when its hot out!

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Megan July 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

My favorite summer meal is a watermelon, tomato, and basil salad with grilled chicken and yogurt :d

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Avani July 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

a nice gazpacho – i’ve had some great tomato ones, but recently I had this great cantaloupe one that had a little habanero to it and was yummy and savory.

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margaret July 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

veggie salads from the garden and bbq chicken.

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Mandi July 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Definitely a cold pasta salad I found over on Real Simple’s website – it’s gemelli pasta with cherry tomatoes, spinach, fresh mozzarella, and salami – topped off by a white wine vinagrette. It’s filling, fresh, and lovely.

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Nancy July 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Hi,

Grilled corn salad, fresh melon and a piece of chicken – its great

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Dzemila July 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

So my mom makes this cucumber salad (sometimes she uses green onions instead) with cottage cheese, sour cream, and salt. It is uber refreshing and so delish!!!

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Drea July 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I’ve been eating a kind of disturbing amount of tomato-based salads. I don’t believe in lettuce-y salads because they make me feel like I’m eating a plate of filler. I hope your new place has some opportunities for grilling. Grilled anything is better than just anything.

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Lindsey N July 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

My favorite summer meal is grilled pizza! No need to turn on the oven – cook it on the grill in the nice weather and top with garden fresh veggies.

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Catie July 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

My newest summer addiction is Watermelon Salsa!

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Alexandra July 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Lately my favorite summer meal is eggplant + tomato bruschetta!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles July 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Veggie burgers! I know that’s pretty general, but there are so many different flavors and combos that I love :)

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Steph July 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

My favorite summer salad- greens with feta or goat cheese and sliced strawberries, almonds and cucumbers, topped off with a raspberry vinaigrette. Even better if you can find some fresh mint and/or basil!

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Kate D July 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I love pesto on anything – pasta, pizza, sandwiches, eggs, veggies. Yum!

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ashlie July 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

i used to go to my grandparents for BLTs all the time in the summer! they’re super good with avocado or cucumbers :)

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jovita.cassidy@gmail.com July 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Bbq meat!!! Don’t really care what kind as long as it is did not burn.

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Sam July 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

These items look great and I would be ecstatic to win! My favorite summer meal would be a starter of watermelon and halloumi salad followed by shrimp-filled tacos filled with cabbage slaw and corn on top! Mmm!

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Shauna July 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

What a nice giveaway!
I think my favorite meal is BBQ chicken breast with lots of grilled veggies and sangria.

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Denise B July 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Chicken Fajitas.

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Elizabeth July 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

lobster anything! lobster rolls, boiled lobster with melted butter… going to attempt to make lobster guac!

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Iris R. July 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Simple pesto pasta with grilled veggies (corn, zucchini, tomatoes, you name it).

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Alex July 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

My mom’s “crab balls.” They are just fresh crab meat mixed with some egg and crushed saltine crackers, barely enough to hold them together. Mold them into balls, freeze for a bit to firm them up, and then deep fry them. Eat piping hot. Preferably with a side of garden fresh sliced tomatoes. Now I want to go home and have my mom cook for me. She also makes the best summer clam chowder…

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sharon July 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Summer is when I have a lot of veggies burgers, and sweet potatoes!

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Jason July 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Gazpacho!! And a cold corona with lime.

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Kathleen July 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

My favorite summer meal is spicy grilled cajun chicken with sweet summer corn and green beans. Dessert wise cobbler is a must!

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Katie July 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I love making grilled kabobs. Lots of veggies from the farmers market and some delicious chicken or steak! Yum!

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bianca @ sweet dreaming July 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

tons of fresh vegetables and fruit!

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dervla @ The Curator July 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

This is boring, but i really just love a good piece of corn on the cob, slathered in butter and sprinkled with salt and some chili powder. Then a sun-warmed tomato from the farmers market chopped up with fresh basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Top that off with some rhubarb crumble (if i was smart enough to freeze rhubarb in the spring).

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Ally July 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Corn on the cob and kebabs on the grill!

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pony_beisst July 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

grilled steak, fresh corn, blueberry pie (or peach ice cream)

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Laura Heck July 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Seafood Paella and fresh corn salad!

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Kammie July 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Grilled skirt steak salad with steakhouse vinaigrette and corn on the cob with jalapeno butter!

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Natalie July 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Summer time to me, means grilling! Some of my favorites are beer can chicken, corn on the cob, and new potatoes cooked in foil. Also, ICE CREAM! I could really use those ice cube trays for when I start making home made baby food!

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Andrea July 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Fav summer meal is an arugula salad with strawberries, feta, and a little olive oil… so refreshing.

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Ashton July 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I really love grilled corn with jalapeno mayonnaise, chili powder, and cotija cheese. But… a simple caprese salad is also incredibly refreshing in the heat!

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Morgan July 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Anything on the grill and lots of fresh fruit!

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Sara L July 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

BBLT – Bacon, Butter Lettuce and Tomato! Yum, yum!

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Meg July 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

BBQ Ribs and enough potato salad to kill the average person.

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Kim July 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

grilled chicken and corn on the cob

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Kel July 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

A yummy caesar salad, chicken or shrimp and a fabulous dessert!

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weena July 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

in the summer, all i eat is tomato, basil, mozzarella everything. Pasta, Sandwiches, Salads- you name it, i eat it.
thanks for this cool giveaway opportunity! have a fabulous 4th!

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Cami July 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm

tomato brushetta with fresh garden tomatoes and basil.

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Angela July 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Ice cream. Late June through August, ice cream is a meal. Fact.

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Becky July 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

My favorite summertime meal is a strawberry spinach salad with homemade strawberry vinaigrette – yum!!

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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen July 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Big salads! My fave lately has been one with rotisserie chicken, goat cheese, avocado, and Brianna’s honey mustard dressing. Soooo delish.

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Hollie July 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

A simple caprese salad or some toast with homemade pesto and a poached egg on top. Simple and easy, not to mention delicious!

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Sophie July 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

My favorite summer meal is a salad with fresh greens, a slice of good bread topped with tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. Bring a nice red wine to go with that… Heaven!

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sarah July 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

A big bowl of Gazpacho with some crusty bread on the side

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Amanda July 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Fresh corn sauteed with garlic, thyme and butter, cooled slightly and mixed with tomatoes, feta or cotija cheese, basil and lime juice. Once a week in our house. :)

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Monica July 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Quinoa salad! + red pepper, cucumber, fresh dill, feta cheese, roasted corn, avocado, olive oil and salt + peppa! Delicious, simple and a bowl of nutrients.

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Dawn July 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Grilled steak tips and corn on the cob, yum. Strawberry shortcake for dessert :)

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Katie July 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Probably hamburgers, fresh sweet corn, and homemade baked beans. :)

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Katherine July 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Spicy Thai peanut noodles served cold!

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Erica July 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Anything that comes off the grill :) I’m really looking for more creative kabob recipes!

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Karis July 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

My favorite summer meal is summer squash pizza. Just tried it for the first time recently, and it immediately moved to the top of my list!

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Tobi July 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

My favorite summer meal is fish tacos!!!

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Rachel July 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I’m a big caprese salad fan and fruit salads are always a good choice. Anything cool and light. I’ve been seeing a lot of fruit-based gazpachos lately that also seem like a good summer dish.

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Jesse July 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I live on bean and grain salads in the scorching Texas heat. I am really digging a Garbanzo cucumber feta and orzo dish right now.

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ssstitch July 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Grilled skirt steak with tangy, spicy ChimiChuri… And PEACH PIE!

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Sarah July 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

There’s a little winery about a mile from our house… I make some bruschetta, a little tabouleh, or some corn and black bean salad, some bread, maybe some cheese and we take a picnic on Friday nights. It’s awesome… and sometimes it’s delicious.

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Jessica July 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

things that involve not using my stove… so a caprese salad of some variety, grilled corn on the cob, and hobo packs of salmon and veggies (or other fish) also prepared on the grill.

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Jess July 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Grilled, Italian marinated london broil, grilled zucchini slices and potatoes sliced and grilled in a foil packet with olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Ariel July 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I could eat grilled corn covered in butter every day in the summer!

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Lynna H. July 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Does ice cream count? I would eat it as a meal. I eat it for breakfast! LOL.

Okays, I love eating grilled steaks and corn over the summer. Hehe.

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Mary July 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm

burgers on the grill!

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Greta July 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

It’s so hard to pick just one favourite, but I will definitely go with salad. Grilled steak salad with rucola, cherry tomatoesб pine nuts and olive oil-balsamic vinegar dressing for me is on top this summer!

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Taryn July 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Pretty much anything cooked on the grill…I like kebobs a lots; with some corn on the cob and some watermelon…and maybe some deviled eggs.

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Alexandra July 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I love grilled fish with a ton of lime juice and something avocado-ey on the side! Guacamole with seafood is one of my favorite combinations. Adding in some lavender lemonade or watermelon-mint water on the side doesn’t hurt either.

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Nicole July 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

a simple but current favorite…roasted corn with basil and shaved parmesan! its exactly what i feel like on a summer nigh!

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virginia shen July 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

BBQ chicken, grilled corn on the cob, and fresh watermelon. I could eat that everyday.

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Margherita July 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

My favorite summer recipe is sliced watermelon with feta cheese, chopped fresh mint and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Simple yet delicious!

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Megan July 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

Sushi!

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Megan July 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

Definitely just a regular sandwich with wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, peppers, onions, olive oil and salt & pepper with a side of sour cream and onion chips, of course!

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edna murga July 4, 2012 at 1:20 am

My favorite summer meal is cold cuts and cheese, good bread, salad and lots of wine to drink…Thanks for the chance to win…e*

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Maria B. July 4, 2012 at 1:31 am

Nothing can beat a good Greek salad in the summer time.

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Jen Blacker July 4, 2012 at 4:06 am

Country pork ribs cooked nice and slow in my crock pot. Served with homemade fries and sweet summer corn on the cob.

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Em July 4, 2012 at 4:16 am

Grilled pizza and fresh corn salad (Ina Garten’s is great)

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amy marantino July 4, 2012 at 4:19 am

grilled chicken with corn on the cob and watermelon

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Caitlin Cress July 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

Anything with guacamole!

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Cpigman July 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

Good ole fashion tomato sandwich…fresh bread, dukes, beefsteak tomatoe, salt, pepper=heaven! Plain Lays chips on the side! Yum.

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Justeen July 4, 2012 at 4:59 am

My favorite summer meal is grilled corn and black bean salad with avocado, tomato, red onion, lime juice, and cilantro. Served with tortilla chips!

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Amanda July 4, 2012 at 5:05 am

I don’t have AC, so my fave summer meal is cold: fresh guacamole and pico de gallo with cheddar cheese and tortilla chips! Or hummus and tabbouleh with pita. Yum.

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Jeanne ODonnell July 4, 2012 at 5:20 am

kebobs with lots of grilled vegetables.

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