Rays of Hope.

It’s that time of year again.  When we have all grown so tired of the dreary grey of winter, we’re sick of our coats and hats, and we’re no longer enamored by the snow piles that are now black and slushy.  But just as she seems to do every year, Mother Nature has shown up just in time…

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The sun is out, and if you look close enough – you’ll see promises of spring all around.

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I had honestly forgotten just how uplifting it is to feel the sunshine on my bare arms.  If asked my favorite temperature, I probably couldn’t give a number – I’d just respond “jeans and t-shirts.”

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These little buds of hope remind me that before we know it, all our favorite summertime food will be filling the farmers markets and grocery stores, and we will have long forgotten the grey days of January.

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But to hold me over until then, I will dream about all the beautiful fresh produce that will be here before we know it.  Like giant cucumbers to be used for pickling…

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Or fresh green beans that can be turned into delicious pasta salads.

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Pulling fresh, ripe tomatoes straight off the vine for a snack…

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Or turning them into a decadent (but healthy) tomato pie.

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Waiting patiently for the blueberries to ripen…

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Before adding them to a delightful and refreshing summer fruit tart.

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Those are just a few of the things that I am dreaming about today.

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What summer food are you most looking forward to this year?