What season is it?

by HEAB on July 10, 2010

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I love summer. As much as I’ve been complaining about the heat, there is nothing like walking outside in shorts and a tank top and being comfortable. I’d much rather have a 90 degree day full of warm sunshine on my face than a 20 degree day full of rain and gloom. Another thing I am lovin about summer? The produce! Berries are so good right now. Have you made Polly’s blueberry crumble yet?

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I am also loving on some cucumbers! There’s been chilled cucumber soup and lots of simple cucumber salads in my life these days…

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Cucumbers and cherry tomatoes soaked in vinegar, salt, and pepper overnight. Yum!

So, as much as I love my summer foods (Peaches are starting to come in by the way – yay!), I keep making a certain fall-like dish over and over.

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I cannot get enough of this warm butterscotch pudding!

Many thanks to Whitney who pointed me in the direction of Harris Teeter, a grocery store here in Nashville that actually has pumpkin stocked. I bought a few cans and this morning ate pumpkin pudding from the waning peanut butter jar.

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So yummy, but I actually think I like my butternut squash version better.

Today, CD and I are attending an all day labor and delivery massage workshop…and for some reason, I am much more excited about it than he is. ;)

What are some of your favorite seasonal foods/recipes?

{ 62 comments }

Serena July 10, 2010 at 7:29 am

I’m totally with you in the 90º weather preference and the love of chilled cucumbers. ;) I love homemade ice cream in the summer and simple, cool foods (lots of big salads…)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

I can’t find pumpkin anywhere! I have looked and nothing! That is how I discovered a love of butternut squash though. So, I can’t be too sad. I just really want pumpkin! The massage class sounds like a good day for you! Speaking of massages…Tony asked me to massage a spot on his back last week that hurt, I did and I bruised him. I told him I needed lessons from you! I feel super strong now! Enjoy your massage today!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 7:32 am

Sarena, Come up to Nashville – I’ll give you massage lessons and stock the pumpkin! :)

homecookedem July 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

You are so right! Even though I sometimes complain about the heat, I’d much rather be sweating than shivering!! For me, sweating is just a little uncomfortable, but shivering and cold is painful!!

How cool that yall are attending a labor and delivery massage workshop! I’d be interested to hear a brief little recap if you’re up to it! Have fun!! :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 7:34 am

Em, Sure, I’ll be glad to share. The workshop is part of our birth class series, and I’m excited about learning some techniques to help keep me calm in labor. I’ll let you know how it goes. Hope you enjoy your weekend! Love, H. :)

Nicole July 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

Ooooh sounds fun!! It’s finally your turn for a massage!!
Seasonal foods…right now I’m loving zucchini, berries (black and blue,) tomatoes, peaches and watermelon(!!!). I’m eating way more fruit than I normally do but loving it. And overnight oats has been in the mix a lot more than normal too. Oh and 90% of our cooking has been on the grill but that doesn’t have to be a seasonal thing in my opinion.
In the fall I love anything pumpkin and apple.
But in the winter I think m favorite recipes are black bean chili and split pea soup.

I hope you both enjoy your day today!!

annecalista July 10, 2010 at 7:31 am

Wow, that workshop sounds so awesome! I love berry pies/crumbles in the summer. I’m planning on picking some fresh berries next week and can’t wait! I love topping ice cream with berries too :-)

Meg July 10, 2010 at 7:31 am

I love cucumbers! Especially with a little agave and vinegar mmm! Polly’s crumble is definitely something I NEED to make soon!

Can’t wait to hear about the workshop :D !

The Fit Collegiate July 10, 2010 at 7:32 am

There’s nothing wrong with a little taste of fall in the middle of summer :-) I can’t bring myself to part with warm oats, canned pumpkin, and baked sweet potatoes, no matter how unseasonable they may be! :-D

DiningAndDishing July 10, 2010 at 7:35 am

In the summer, I love peaches and tomatoes the most. I love making “peaches and cream oatmeal” using peach instead of banana in my oats and topping with a bit of half and half :) .

- Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

VeggieGirl July 10, 2010 at 7:35 am

Have fun today at the workshop!

Maggie July 10, 2010 at 7:42 am

Enjoy the workshop ;)

Maybe I’ll make a kabocha version of this.

As for seasonal foods… I love blueberries in the summer, and corn, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and *peaches*. Fall favorites are apples. In the late fall and throughout winter I become obsessed with squash, as you know.

gfe--gluten free easily July 10, 2010 at 7:43 am

Heather, I have been away FAR too long … I just found out you are pregnant after reading Carrie’s blog (Ginger Lemon Girl)—woohoo! Congratulations, my dear friend! I’m thrilled for you and your husband!

Looks like you are continuing to eat wonderful, nourishing foods (will check out these recipes) and take great care of yourself–love that! I’m sure your husband will be fine with the classes once he attends. My husband was super serious and attentive when we went to Lamaze classes together. One full day doesn’t sound bad at all. We went nightly for 6 to 8 weeks if I recall. Hope today goes well!

Love and hugs,
Shirley

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 8:06 am

Shirley, I rescued you. Thanks again for your kind words. Always good to hear from you! :)

vanillasugar July 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

ha ha. heather i’m warning you, those pb cups that you are going to make of mine are DANGEROUS! LOL but sooooo worth it. enjoy!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

Vanillasugar, I think I’m looking more forward to your reuben dip! ;)

Heather July 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

Sweet potatoes,pumpkin anything and veggie chili.
Can you tell my favorite season is fall? :)

Evan Thomas July 10, 2010 at 8:03 am

I’ve been eating blueberry yogurt like it’s my job lately. I guess that’s not too seasonal a food, but I definitely don’t crave it in the Winter. Then it’s all about pumpkin

Lauren @ WWoB July 10, 2010 at 8:05 am

Heather I am such a failure. My Vita arrived yesterday and I immediately made your protein icecream! I used Vega vanilla chai and coconut milk…. I was using the plastic pusher-downer thing and I went to far down and THE VITA BLENDED THE PLASTIC INTO MY ICECREAM. There were black chunks of plastic all throughout my ice cream. Not only did I break the pusher-downer on the first day but I am paranoid that I damaged the Vita! I took a bite of it anyway and it tasted delicious….but then I had to spit out a piece of plastic.

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 8:09 am

Lauren, You are not a failure. I quickly learned that they make that Vita-Mix lid for reason – to keep the tamper from hitting the blade! I tore mine up too, and had to order a new one. They’re not that expensive – less than $20, and I’m sure your Vita is fine. That machine can take a lot! I broke mine once…okay twice, and the Vita-Mix people were always great and had it repaired and shipped back to me ASAP. If it gives you any problems, just call their 1-800 number and they will help you troubleshoot. And NEVER try to blend a cup of dried mangoes without any liquid involved. BIG MISTAKE. PS – At least the ice-cream was tasty. :)

missyrayn July 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

The more of those workshops the closer to baby you actually are :-)

That pudding looks good :-)

Marina July 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

I can’t get enough of summer fruits, watermelon,peaches, cantaloupe, figs…
I also adore sweet juicy tomatoes and crispy cucumbers, so yummy and refreshing!

Ann Claire July 10, 2010 at 8:19 am

I agree, I”m totally loving all the produce available in the summer. My favorite seasonal recipe would have to be cobbler made with fresh picked blackberries. Yum!

christina cadden July 10, 2010 at 8:23 am

I just started reading your blog and love it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Christina, Thanks so much. :)

A teenage gourmet July 10, 2010 at 8:52 am

Two days ago, I learned about the pumpkin shortage when I was craving pumpkin cookies – in the summer! You’re lucky to have found some. . . . The blueberry crisp is in my oven. :D

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

A Teenage Gourmet, Hope you enjoyed your crisp! :)

Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit July 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

I made Polly’s crumble with strawberries and rhubarb. It was so good! Too bad rhubarb is getting harder to find around here.

I love summer though because it’s great to run outside instead of freezing my bum off!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Jess, I usually have no trouble finding frozen rhubarb, and so that might be an option for you. I bet the strawberry rhubarb crumble was tasty!

Kim July 10, 2010 at 9:27 am

Ahhh, I remember our baby workshop and then the “Daddy Bootcamp”. Fred was terrified of Bella when she was born as a preemie and she was just so tiny, I think he was afraid of “breaking” her. Obviously, that is not the case anymore, girl grew 4 inches in the past few months! I agree, it makes everything feel more “real” and even more exciting.

Have fun, I think I too was more excited than Fred as well. Infact, I think all the Dad’s in our class had a sort of glazed look about them! Hopefully your MIL escaped Scottsdale this weekend. 112 and very humid outside, we have our own rainforest right here in AZ! Enjoy your weekend!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Kim, CD did great at the workshop, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting my back rubbed all day. :)

Not sure what the MIL is doing this weekend, but I hope she went somewhere. Stay cool!

glutenfreemuse July 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

That blueberry crumble looks fantastic! I actually have some blueberries, so I will have to give it a try!

Have so much fun at your workshop today! I would be really excited as well :-) Guys are inherently petrified of birthing or labor…CD is probably just foreshadowing his fears for your birthing day :-)

I love fresh fruits in the summer time and lots and lots of smoothies!!

~Alyssa

Mandy A July 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

Harris Teeter has pumpkin?!? I’m so there on Monday!!!! Thanks for the heads up! :)

Got your email and will email you back… can’t wait to see you!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Mandy, yes! It was hard to find. It’s in the baking aisle on the bottom shelf. It took some searching, but it’s there! I went to the one in Hillsboro Village, and Whitney found it at the one on Highway 100.

Rosey Rebecca July 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

Have fun at the workshop! My friend went to one before she had her baby and said she had to watch a movie about delivery.

I’ve been craving fall in the worst way. Specifically pumpkin spice lattes and apple picking!

Jessica @ How Sweet July 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

My favorite season is Fall, especially with all of the pumpkin flavors. But I am loving the produce now too!

Kendall July 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

We’ve had a super lame summer here so far but this last week it started to turn around and we got a couple of 90 degree days and some in the upper 80′s. But luckily, no humidity here! No one has AC but we put out fans throughout the house, especially for my dogs becuase they have ALOT of fur. Turns out one is totally afraid of the fan (but she’s afraid of everything) and the other is now completely in love with sprawling out in front of them. He hardly wants to do anything else, except for go swimming :) How do your dogs handle the heat out there?

I so look forward to all the fruit and berries in the summer, and I’d say fresh berry cobblers are what love most as far as prepared foods go. Oh and grilled sweet corn on the cob!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Kendall, Our dogs are hairy, especially Radley, and they are black. They are not fans of the heat, and stay inside most of the day. However, we have a great creek up the street from our house, and Radley loves getting in the water. She just lays right down in it, but we kind of have to drag Einstein in.

The Rocky Votolato show is tomorrow night – I can’t wait! :)

Laura July 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

TOTALLY with you on the whole sun thing, but sadly we get literally none here! ugh!
you know something, i’m not a fan of cucumber and tomato AT ALL , however your snap of the combo makes them look SO summery fresh and delicious! xx

Katie July 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I’m with you on the pudding – butternut squash is way better!

I am loving all the watermelon lately. I can’t get enough of it. I just wish I could grow it here.

Flowyogilates July 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I´m loving galia melons and cantalupes lately and making my own icecream in the blender with rasberries and joghurt….. and we have a lot of great summer mushrooms here in Austria

Monique@She's Going The Distance July 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Maybe you’re eating so much of that pudding because you’re getting ready to have baby food in your life, and on your clothes, and on your furniture… :) hahaha so cute!! You’re going to have a well-fed daughter :)

Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey July 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Mm, I haven’t yet but the crumble looks incredible.

Chilled cucumber salads are the best. I just bought some cucumbers at the Farmer’s Market today so I think I will be making one soon. :)

Do you think the butternut squash pudding would work with sweet potatoes?

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Kelsey, Yes, I know it would as I’ve made something similar, and it’s even better than the butternut squash version. Go for it!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) July 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Don’t believe everything they tell you in your workshop :) Just sayin. I know you know that. Sometimes they tell you things that just arent true while omitting, ahem, other things that you wish someone had told you. The crash course in new motherhood stuff! Seriously though, enjoy!!! It will be a day long massage for the “poor, tired, pregnant lady” from the father to be and just milk that all day long my friend :) haha!

Harris Teeter. Omg blast from the past. Used to live in NC and SC and I shopped at Teeter’s there. Wow.

Pumpkin. Full on stash of it every where here. If you need some, I would be happy to mail it. That and Beaver mustard. I have a gross of it.

xo

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Averie, Why is all the west coast getting all the pumpkin love??? ;) I’m good – Harris Teeter is stocked, and I hear our Whole Foods has it now as well. Hope you’re having a good weekend. Massage class was good – teachers were completely honest with us. Lots of same advice you’ve given me. Stay out of the bed, use the birthing ball, etc. Music, essential oils, good stuff!

Leah July 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I am a regular at Harris Teeter! Love that store!! Are you talking about canned pumpkin? Ive never really looked for it at the grocery store except for in the fall/winter. Is canned pumpkin a seasonal item?
Curious what is your fav brand of Oat Bran? Are they all similiar??
I do like Oat Bran better than quick oats – Im hooked! My tummy must be getting used to the grains?

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Leah, So happy to hear you’re loving on the oat bran. Honestly, I love every brand I’ve tried. I usually just buy Kroger’s generic or get if from the bulk bins at Whole Foods.

Canned pumpkin is usually available year round, but there was a bad crop this past year, making it more difficult to find. Libby’s seems to be everyone’s favorite brand, and it is nowhere to be found, at least not in the Southeast.

fitnessandsunshine July 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I love peaches, apricots, and berries in the summer. :) So fresh and delicious, over greek yogurt or in cold smoothies.

Have fun at the workshop! :)

Erica @ ericaunmasked.blogspot.com July 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm

that pudding does look deelish – and I can’t seem to find pumpkin here either – even at HT. I did find some at Whole Foods a few weeks ago – perhaps I will have to go back again b/c I am out. Have fun in your class. xoxoxo

Alisa July 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Yes! I just trialed Polly’s crumble for breakfast! I used peaches and figs (fresh!) for the fruit. The crumble was a wee bit on the dry side for my tastes, but loved the concept – I will be messing around with that recipe more! Thanks for bringing it up!

Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit July 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Your last post is still driving me insane! Must consume chocolate & PB!!!

BroccoliHut July 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I am SO lucky that my mom stocks up on pumpkin every year for her pumpkin bread baking bonanza–she always has at least 5 or 6 cans leftover (some of them the super huge ones!) that I gladly take off her hands:)

livingfreeforever July 11, 2010 at 4:31 am

Your ice cream always looks so good and creamy. I have to use an ice cream maker if I make ice cream–no vitamix for me.

Can’t find pumpkin here either–at least last time I checked. Hope you had fun at your class :)

lpskins July 11, 2010 at 7:01 am

does the pudding really taste like butterscotch? I read the recipe of squash, banana and almond milk…….. this sounds too good to be true!!??

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 11, 2010 at 8:25 am

lpskins, Well, it’s not quite like my mom’s old fashioned butterscotch pie, but it was still pretty tasty!

kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com July 11, 2010 at 7:50 am

i always get inspired coming here! pumpkin in peanut butter!?!

Polly always has some incredible recipes! mmm and i love how you put cinnamon ontop too! its so irresistable not to :)

<3

Melissa @ For the Love of Health July 11, 2010 at 8:38 am

I love summer like you! I love fresh fruit and vegetables and you seriously cannot have a better selection or quality than in the summer. :-)

Rachael July 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

I love getting away with wearing as few clothes as possible, so summer works for that. I’m currently enjoying Maine’s version – warm days with a slight breeze and comfortable nights. Plus, the whole salty sea air thing makes my hair look somewhat presentable, so I’m down.
Have you tried cucumbers with lime juice, a bit of rice vinegar and salt? Serve chilled, and it’ll keep you cool and happy.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

Rachael, I have not, but I have all the ingredients on hand to make some. Thanks, and enjoy some of that Maine weather for me. My dad is up there right now, and I wish I was with him. Nashville is so humid!!!

winnie July 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

First time visitor to your blog. Everything looks so good. I want those pb cups right now! I notice you use chia seeds in your recipes. Where do you get it?

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Winnie, Thanks for visiting. :) I order my chia seeds from http://www.chiaseedsdirect.com. The only place I can find them locally is Whole Foods, and they cost $20 a pound there. Much cheaper online, and they ship priority mail at no extra cost. So, you usually get your seeds in 2 days. Great deal! Again, thanks for reading…and you should make those pb cups. So good! :)

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