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WND – Stupid stupid rain

July 2, 2009

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If I see one more Dunkin’ Donuts ad for iced coffee to “cool you off during those hot summer days”, or get another email from Anthropologie suggesting “sultry colors for spicy days”, or have to watch another episode of Barefoot Contessa where she picnics outside in the sunshine I may snap and do something drastic. Like move to England in search of the sun, it looks lovely and sunny at Wimbledon.

Massachusetts has the dubious honor of having just experienced the cloudiest and wettest June since 1903. I know this because the entire state is starring in a bad pastiche of a Masterpiece Theater movie where all anyone can ever talk about is the weather. Mind you, when nicely brought up Victorian misses were enjoined to talk about the weather so that they didn’t get themselves into conversational trouble, they probably weren’t meant to grouse about it in the kind of language that we’re using these days.

I would love to cool off on a hot summer day, it’s just that I haven’t actually experienced one yet this year. In a fit of optimism this weekend – because surely, I thought, by July 1st it would be warmer than 60 – I planned a Dinner of summer salads and biscuits. In view of the thunder, lightening and general gloom that seems to be perpetually hovering over Boston, I wish I’d planned a beef stew.

Buttermilk Biscuits w/ ham
Curried Chicken Salad
Hard Boiled Eggs
Tomatoes & Mozzarella
Watermelon

The weather notwithstanding I was a good girl and I walked up to the farmer’s market at lunch in search of tomatoes, greens and fruit for Dinner. I’m not sure why I was expecting to find tomatoes at the farmer’s market given that it’s a little too early in the summer for local tomatoes, and that it’s rained just about every day for the last month so when anything has had a chance to grow, much less ripen I have no idea. I’m also not sure what I thought I was going to do if I didn’t find tomatoes at the farmer’s market, since they were a central point of Dinner, but as it happened I did find tomatoes. They were greenhouse tomatoes, and somewhat unexceptional, but better than I had any real right to expect at this time of year.

strawberries

I did, on the other hand, get stunningly peppery arugula and candy sweet strawberries. This makes up for the fact that our fridge has been acting up and froze the hardboiled eggs. Frozen hardboiled eggs are curiously unappealing entities. When you break them open they look as though they should be starring as a weapon of mass destruction in a bad sci-fi movie rather than anything that you’d ever want to eat. Unexceptional tomatoes and frozen hardboiled eggs notwithstanding, we demolished everything on the table.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Recipe previously given: Farewell to Summer Dinner

biscuits

Curried Chicken Salad

Recipe previously given: Farewell to Summer Dinner

chicken salad plate

Tomatoes & Mozzarella

tomatoes - wide angle

Watermelon

watermelon

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