Hot weather, fresh produce signs, kites, swimming pools, bathing suits, flip flops, tank tops and shorts, swimming at the lake, cookouts, watermelon, cold sweet tea and fresh lemonade, fireworks and summer vacations are all signs that it's SUMMER TIME! Your favorite time of the year, come on, you know it is.
So, starting today, along with our weekly wedding blogs on Thursday, we will be starting a series on Summertime Fun! Posts will consist of everything from fun parties to plan with your friends to exciting vacations to take to recipes to make with that good summer produce. Beginning June 29th, they will be posted every other week on Monday's.
To start off the series, I thought I would show you guys how to make one of my favorite summer dishes...stuffed zucchini boats. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a hint yesterday.
The first thing is to take fresh zucchini from your local farmers market, produce stand or back yard - wash it and slice lengthwise. Scoop out the center of the zucchini and place on a rack in a pyrex dish with a thin layer of water in it. Don't put too much water that it soaks the bottom of the zucchini, just enough to provide a steam. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Then cook 1/2 to 1 pound of ground sirloin (depending on the number of zucchini) with a small onion - chopped fine. Drain properly.
Chop up two large homegrown tomatoes into small chunks and add to the ground beef. Add salt and pepper to taste. Hint: I didn't add any salt at al. Then add the mixture to the center of the zucchini boats that you created.
Put in your oven for an hour...depending on whether you want it chewy or not. I like mine crunchy. With about five minutes left to go, add shredded cheddar cheese to the top.
I served it last night with homemade mashed potatoes and cut up homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers marinated in Italian dressing. Dessert was cut up watermelon. You can't get much better than that.
For those of you that were wondering...you know who you are...I can cook, although some of my friends think I can only bake.
Next week, we will talk to Nicole at Sawyer Family Farmstead and in our next #summertimefun blog will talk about fun ideas for your July 4th celebrations! Until then, we will be sharing more #summertimefun ideas on Instagram.
Stay cool and hydrated and be sure to share your love on Facebook!