Stephanie McGee

Posted on April 28, 2014

Editor's Commentary

Student set to savor summer

Every season brings unique tastes and traditional recipes.

When the sun starts to come out from hibernation, so do our taste buds.

There are so many tastes that can be a smash around the pool, out on the patio or on a beach towel. Here are my picks for the coolest foods to enjoy during the lazy days of summer.

Snow cones

Snow cones are overflowing with cool flavors and have an icy crunch. You don’t even have to be a kid to love them. If you head to Cheyenne Frontier Days in July or Super Day at Lions’ Park in late June, you’ll see loads of grown-ups standing in line for snow cones of their very own. This simple luxury consists of ice shavings topped with flavored sugar syrup; how fun is that?

Ice cream

Summer wouldn’t be nearly as cool without having your favorite ice cream to enjoy in the smoldering sun. Whether it’s in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone or a simple paper cup, it can be a nice refreshing treat. If you have an afternoon to spare, try making your own ice cream inventions. You’ll be a superhero–cape optional.

Grilled meat

There’s nothing like meat on the grill to turn a meal into a recreational activity. Whoever the grill master is at your house may not think he is into performing arts but sit back, watch their routine, and you’ll be surprised.

You’ll make the neighborhood jealous with the delicious smell of burgers and brats. I love outdoor cooking, not just because the food seems to taste better, but also because it keeps the heat and mess out of the kitchen.

Salad

Summer is the best time to indulge in a big, beautiful green salad. All the ingredients will be fresh, and most of them will probably be available nearby or straight from the garden. You can add more variety to your basic dinner salad by using spinach or a variety of colored peppers. Yum! The more colors you add, the more interesting and flavorful your simple salad will be. (Did I mention that green things are good for you?)

BLTs

These sandwiches are a big ol’ party of salty, smoky and garden fresh flavors all rolled into one. The classic BLT relies on very flavorful ingredients, so make sure you have quality bacon, crisp lettuce and a flavorful tomato. Seriously, these summer sandwiches are so delicious and so quick to make, that you might never want to go back to Subway. I have a secret, between you and me: I don’t even like tomatoes, but making a BL sandwich is just as tasty.

Fresh fruit

Who doesn’t like fruit? If you don’t, you are weird. Eating sun-kissed fruits is one of the perks of summer dining. You may love chilled slices of watermelon, chocolate-dipped strawberries, fresh-picked blackberries (my favorite) or those first-of-the-season cherries. Whatever your fruit fix of choice happens to be, wash it thoroughly and dig in for a great summer snack.

Fair food

OK. I know this isn’t the healthiest category, but come on, we all have at least one guilty summer food pleasure. It’s not as if you get to eat fair food every day, so enjoy yourself!

Maybe your heart aches for elephant ears, funnel cakes, pulled pork sandwiches, golden corn dogs, cheese fries, turkey legs or candied apples. Maybe something more exotic stirs your taste buds. How about deep-fried everything? If you can fry it, you can eat it. Oreos, candy bars, Twinkies, butter, you name it. My arteries are clogging just thinking about it.

Corn-on-the-cob

This vegetable is probably my favorite during the summer. Sweet, fresh and buttery corn-on-the-cob is a side dish worthy of its place on my paper plate. Take a trip to the Mile High Flea market this summer and find roasted corn-on-the-cob. Here’s a yummy tip: Dip your corn in mayonnaise and sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese and paprika. Sounds odd, but do it; it’s good. Whatever cooking method you choose or whatever you put on your corn-on-the-cob, it’s as close as you’ll ever get to tasting sunshine.

 


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