One of the best things about the summer is how full of flavor fresh fruits and vegetable's are. They taste best when kept in their most simple, freshest form. Vine ripened tomatoes still warm from the sun, eaten as an apple; their juices dripping down your chin. Plump blackberries staining your fingertips with you sneaking half as many as your pail can hold. You can't beat nature in most beautiful form.
My childhood memories from summer always include my parents countertop lined with more tomatoes then one knows what to do with, zucchini's larger then my forearm and enormous bowls full of fresh picked blueberries from our neighbor Emma's patch. Snacking involved popping cherry tomatoes one after another, handfuls of blueberries with each pass through the kitchen and crunching on green beans right off the vine while playing in the backyard.
Even as an adult, I feel the very best way to eat blueberries is as I did as a child: a nice handful placed in a bowl, top with ice cold milk and sprinkle lightly with sugar. It honestly can't be beat! Lately I have been adding sprigs of fresh mint as well. It makes a pretty garnish, but please don't throw it away! Tear it up and enjoy the lovely flavor it brings to the blueberries. A match made in heaven.
What are your simple joys of summer?