Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Upside of 100 Degree Weather

Sacramento is notorious for its hot summers, at least as far as Northern California climates go. Temperatures are now reaching typical July heights of 100 degrees or higher. But there are advantages to the heat that accompanies the heart of summer:

For one thing, the hot sun is finally ripening the apricots on my parents' tree, and I know just what I want to do with the first deliciously ripe ones, thanks to Joy the Baker:

After these delightful Grilled Apricots with Honey Marscapone, I need to find a use for zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and absolutely loads of Swiss Chard that I harvested today. I also have harvested two Black Krim tomatoes and two Roma tomatoes, but they haven't made it to the kitchen without being devoured. I am always impatient for tomato season to arrive, but this won't truly happen until August/September in Sacramento, so until then I must be content with clandestine nibbles in the garden.

As for the veggies, I think a simple veggie lasagna and tossed salad would be a nice use for them!
What would you do with them?


  1. All your weeding was worth it--the produce is beautiful. I love apricots, and your preparation is a perfect way to end a meal.

  2. Thanks Michele! It feels rewarding to finally get a glimpse of the harvest!

  3. Well, at least it feels like summer:) And lots of summer veggies too...

  4. @Mark: I want an update on your crops!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me!