Tuesday, June 22, 2010

30 Things I Vow to Do This Summer

Mama's Losin' It

To help ward off writer's block (yeah, like that could happen to someone like me!), I signed up for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop which offers writing prompts. So, following down the proverbial primrose path of one of these suggestions, I hereby offer:

30 Things I Vow to Do This Summer (Or At Least, The Food-Related Plans!)

1. Make pesto.

2. Roast tomatoes and make a sauce.

3. Find ways to get Jeremy to eat more vegetables.

4. Pit cherries ... lots and lots and lots of cherries, 'cause I buy them in 10-pound boxes for several weeks in a row.

5. Shop at the Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market some Saturday morning.

6. Make Panzanella with my freshly harvested tomatoes and basil.

7. Work on my gardens -- backyard and community.

8. Shop more at the Om Market for Indian groceries.

9. Work up to running to the Om Market (preferably without gasping for my last breath), which is a mile-and-a-half from my home, while Jeremy rides his bike ahead of me.

10. Eat at the new Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant opening soon near my house.

11. Go back to Comet Coffee.

12. Go to Lab, a self-proclaimed "coffee + tea + yogurt experience," which serves my beloved Intelligentsia coffee.

13. Go back to Shalimar with Tom tomorrow night for a fabulous Indian dinner, just like we had on our first date.

14. Use the beautiful bottle of blood orange vinegar that I bought at Fox & Obel (an extraordinary gourmet market) in Chicago.

15. Write up posts about Jeremy's and my culinary adventures while we were in Chicago.

16. Work on my assorted and sundry sidebar projects, which have been sadly neglected in recent weeks.

17. Eat less meat.

18. Eat another Delicious Dogs on the Run hot dog ... perhaps at Art Fair.

19. Continue to look for quirky cookbooks as I peruse rummage sales.

20. Continue to look for intriguing plates and cups and whatnot while I'm at the aforementioned rummage sales, to use for photographing food.

21. Improve my food photography.

22. Try to enter more cooking contests.

23. Finish a book, particularly the one about being a personal chef on a yacht in the Mediterranean that I keep renewing from the library -- Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella by David Shalleck.

24. Make BLTs with tomatoes from my garden.

25. Make BLT pasta salad.

26. Bring a picnic to an outdoor concert.

27. Donate tomatoes to a program that feeds the hungry.

28. Make my prize-winning Ratatouille in August when the ingredients are freshly harvested.

29. Make Cherry Sorbet.

30. Make a lattice-topped Cherry Pie.

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Kathleen said...

OOOH I am all for eating less meat and learning how to make pesto, so count me in for those.

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Rachel (Diary of a Recovering Chocoholic) said...

What a great list! Sounds like you'll have a yummy summer!

Cranberry Morning said...

I was going to ask what you do with all those cherries until I read the end of the list. :-)

Did you notice something contradictory about #s 17 and 18?? But then I guess hot dogs aren't really meat. ;-)

Have fun as you accomplish your LIST.

Cameron said...

Sounds like a great list!! We made our first homemade pesto recently!! It actually went in Rachel Ray's BLT pasta!! But BLT was butter lettuce, leeks & tomato. It was yummy!! I bet your BLT pasta will be yummy too!!

I'm your newest follower from FMBT. I look forward to reading more of your posts!!

TerriAnn @ Cookies and Clogs said...

Thanks for the follow - right back 'atcha.

Yenta Mary said...

Yeah, I kinda wonder about the "meat" in hot dogs! But to have one a few weeks ago was amazing, after not being able to eat them for so long because of the preservatives! Cut down overall on the meat, and save it for a special occasion ... :)

Paula@One Mom's Corner of the World said...

I love your list! I'm going to make me one for the Summer. I'm visiting from Follow Me Back Tuesday. I already follow you.

Life Happens said...

I love your list. Can I come join you when you do them?! Sounds like so much fun!

Unknown said...

Wow! That's quite the list! Thanks for the follow; I'm following back so you can keep us posted on how you are doing! :)

Robin said...

I notice that you didn't leave out the coffee...lol.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you guys eat a lot of cherries...but I love 'em too. The list seems doable. Eating at the Indian restaurant and the promise of going the new one opening up are my favorites. Oooh, I love how you collect those odd little cook books - but I bet there's nothing that great in them, okay, I could be wrong. Well it's the start of summer, so let's see how you do. Good luck!


Bring Pretty Back said...

I love your list! I decided to make my own list too!

Yenta Mary said...

Robin, I never EVER leave out the coffee!!!

Haupi, the cookbooks usually don't have very good recipes; but they are SO cool to peruse! Little history lessons, studies in anthropology ... they're too much fun ... :)

Everyone is welcome to come along as I do the list ... well, ya can't come on my date to Shalimar, but ...! Farmers Market meet-ups, cherry pitting parties, generally enjoying food and summer -- absolutely you're all invited!

Marissa said...

Yum, a BLT with a tomato from your garden?! Delish! we have tomatoes for the first time this year too, and you've given me the idea....I bet it'll be sooo good :)

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