The giant yellow squash was sitting on my counter, goading me. “Your sister gave me up for you,” it seemed to say. “Do something with me already.” She just didn’t want you, I thought. You were superfluous.
Until we ate at Panera recently, all the pictures I’d seen of watermelon feta salad hadn’t persuaded me to try it. It just didn’t appeal to me. Now I am sorry I waited. I loved Panera’s version, with an arugula base, dotted with juicy watermelon cubes, crumbled feta, a handful of toasted almond slices and a sprinkling of ancient grains. I was eager to see what I could come up with at home.
I often use turkey instead of regular fat-laden kielbasa to cut calories. I have found few instances when it isn’t a great substitute. You can’t get away with cooking it quite as long as regular kielbasa because it can get tough. The same goes for smoked sausage.
My favorite thing about summer is the produce. Yellow, sweet Rainier cherries, refreshing watermelon, farm-fresh corn and tomatoes, and peaches.