Simple summer.

First of all, thank you all for reading my thoughts and lists and everything else here at A New Front-Page Sky. This is my 100th blog post! Here’s to many more words and recipes and photos of the journey along the way.


I’ve loved the simple flavors and ingredients of summer cooking lately. One of my favorite things about cooking is that long ingredient lists and elaborate recipes are not always needed–a fantastic pie crust takes only graham crackers, sugar, and butter. Even a more complicated one is really only flour, sugar, butter, and water.


I made a lemon-blueberry cream pie the other day. It was simple, but not easy. I put the lemon juice in the cream cheese mixture too quickly, I think, and it made the pie filling a little lumpy. Then the blueberry topping was too heavy–it sunk into the filling instead of floating on top, like the photos in the recipe had shown. I panicked a bit.

Confession: I hate when recipes go wrong.

But the multiple willing taste-testers nearby (my mom and sister) assured me it’d still be delicious, so I swirled the berry mixture into the pie filling.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was delicious.


Or maybe it was pretty. It sure tasted that way, and that’s really all that matters.

Here are a couple other simple, lovely ways my summer table has been bettered:

  • Toasting hamburger buns. It’s just better than plain, y’all.
  • Warming leftover pulled pork on a skillet…then placing a slice of cheese on top…then sliding the whole deal onto a burger. Yep. This was for my dad the other night. Not even ashamed.
  • Corn. Thank you, Indiana. This stuff is no joke.
  • Avocados. I made guacamole the other day that was the most perfect shade of green…one of those colors you can’t even believe just exists naturally.
  • Corn and avocado salad. My mom found a recipe for this delicious side. It’s just cooked corn (off the cob), avocado chunks, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced green onions, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Amaaazing. Such a great alternative to potato salad and other typical cookout food.
  • Pineapples for 99 cents at Kroger. What?!

How are you enjoying the food of summer lately? Tell me in the comments!


2 thoughts on “Simple summer.

  1. That corn and avocado salad sounds so summery and delicious! May I come to a Charlton cookout? hehe. My family has taken to grilling chicken ALL THE TIME. Three reasons: California weather is amazing, we want to be outside every second, and we found a grocery store with quality chicken. Don’t you love a good grocery store?

    1. I just saw this! AH! You may come to all the Charlton cookouts. I love a good grocery store! And Fort Wayne summer weather is warm but nothing feels like Nashville warm, so I’m outside all the time too :)

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