Monday, August 01, 2011

Summertime Fare

What's a picnic without a blog post? Summer produce is abundant and so available this time of year. The Lo Mien recipe called for half of the garden veggies that were put into it --- but they only enhanced the flavor rather than detouring it. Carrots, broccoli, sweet onions, string beans, and more were mixed with brown rice pasta, nutritional yeast, a sprinkle of stevia, and soy sauce. Yummy, yummy!

And a salad is always in order in the summer as well. Garden leaf lettuce, sweet onions, tomatoes, and avocado all blended with an organic garlic vinaigrette equaled lots of flavor!

Rylan baked the cake and it was excellent! Super dark and abundant chocolate layered with a frosting that he made from an old-fashioned recipe. There's no powdered sugar in it! I didn't know it was even possible to make frosting without powdered sugar, but he did and it was very good. Marcona almonds and cherries in syrup added garnish and flavor.

And last, but not least, wonderful slabs of local watermelon! So sweet and good. When the watermelon is ripe in the valley you know that summer is really here!


  1. Watermelon! I need some more. So if he didn't use powdered sugar, what did he use?

  2. That watermelon does look amazing. The whole thing sounds like a lovely summer meal. The cake also looks delicious.

  3. Everything looks yummy. I'm asking the same question as Vee. What DID Rylan use to make the frosting if he didn't use powdered sugar? Granulated? Have a wonderful day. Susan

  4. Hello,
    I visited your blog today. Your photos are lovely, and you have alot of fabulous food on here. I have always loved watermelon in the summer, and I think I always will. Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you, and seeing all your wonderful, creative ideas. Hope to hear from you, and have a beautiful week.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  5. It looks SO delicious!

  6. I'm sure I am drooling! YUMMY summer time treats.
    Love, Lady Linda

  7. I would definitely enjoy having a meal over at your place. Always so fresh and organic. Yummo! It's nice that you can actually enjoy summer temps. Hot and hazy here today. :/ Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy


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