June & July Favorites

It's a double helping of favorites this month since last month and the one that came before it seemed to be all consumed with our big move and some serious traveling. No sooner had I just started unpacking that it was time to jet off to Las Vegas and then Atlanta for work, and then off to Aruba for vacation. It's been a busy and exciting few months here at the Humiston household, but there has been plenty of fun and even more food along the way. So let's get down to what I've enjoyed the most over the last two summer months, shall we?

Farmer's Market Fare
Spring and summer mean the inevitable fresh fruit and vegetables that I crave so much. And getting them from a local farmer's market is just the icing on the cake. This summer, Shaun and I have indulged in everything from zucchini and Jersey corn to fresh strawberries, cherries and peaches.

Moka's Red Velvet Cake
I really could go on about this forever and ever until the end of time. Is it wrong that one of my major fears is that somehow it won't be there next July?

Iced Coffee & the Cold Cup
The extreme temps in New York and New Jersey have caused a virtual frenzy each morning for iced coffee. It's really the only way I've found to semi-combat the heat and keep myself from overheating before even getting to the office each morning. With iced coffee costing about $2.50 each day, my mom was wonderful enough to purchase a sweet Copco cold cup for me which should help cut some costs while looking super chic to boot.

BBQ Fare
Since our very first home purchase during our first weekend in the new joint, Shaun and I have taken just about every opportunity we could to use our beloved Mr. Weber for grilled burgers, juicy hot dogs, tender summer squash and crisped ears of corn. Nothing says summer like grilled meat and veggies. And bonus, I get a free pass from cooking after work since Shaun is always on grill duty.
Seaweed Salad
I discovered this wonderful concoction while dining at Deep Blue Sushi, a restaurant in the Jet Blue terminal at JFK (while waiting for my plane to Vegas, no less). I had heard the tales of seaweed salad but was admittedly a bit skeptical of its potential due to its seemingly gelatinous nature. My take? A resounding yum and I can't wait to try it again.
Truffled Mac & Cheese
Not since my trip to Otto and discovery of truffled honey have I really gotten the whole truffle thing. Sure, I enjoy dipping a bit of Amy's Bread into a bit of truffle oil. But added into macaroni, cheesy goodness? It doesn't get much better. I enjoyed this gluttonous plate at Knobhill at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Oysters
I know I already did the raving and most of you are probably wondering if I've been living under a rock. Even my own sister asked after reading my article, You've really never had oysters? Nope. But now that's basically all I want to eat.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
I could really make like I'm in third grade and bring a good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch everyday of my life if I thought it was remotely healthy. Put it into a dessert bar and I'm pretty much set for life.

Almond Milk
Making your cereal better by the second, almond milk has fully replaced my love for soy milk. Vanilla flavored and sweet, this milk added to anything just screams YUM!

Banana Pudding
This banana pudding that I enjoyed during my trip to Atlanta was nothing short of fabulous. Creamy banana custard, real whipped cream (which can't really be beat in my book) and soft yet crunchy bits of pie crust come together in this out-of-this-world concoction that left no regrets on passing over some Georgia pecan pie.

So there you have it - a not so succinct round up of a few of my favorite Summer things from June and July. But what I really want to know is...what have you been enjoying over the last couple of months? Dish!