At the start of every summer, I like to do some serious recipe research of things I’d like to tackle with some extra free time on vacations. After looking through Pinterest boards and what some of my favorite bloggers are cooking, I create my summer cooking bucket list. It’s so easy to get stuck in a recipe rut so this gives me a little opportunity to make sure I’m stepping out of our usual comfort zone and trying really spectacular food all summer long.
Previous summer cooking lists:
This year’s list has a little bit of everything (sweet and salty, healthy and not-so-healthy) so you can pick and choose anything you want from here. Of course, there has to be lobster. It wouldn’t be summer without some delicious Maine lobster!
2017 Summer Cooking Bucket List:
- As I’ve said a million times before, I love Ina Garten’s recipes so we’ll definitely have to try her Lobster Cobb Salad recipe when we’re in Maine. Lobster is much cheaper there (usually around $6 per pound) so it’s not a huge investment to make something like this. Paired with a piece of homemade bread and a light glass of wine, this is the perfect summer dinner on the porch.
- Continuing down the avocado route, this Corn and Avocado Salad (again, it’s Ina!) has been on my Pinterest board forever. I haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but I really need more ways to cook up corn because it’s so cheap this time of year, and the avocado really makes it delicious!
- For something really healthy, I really want to try a cauliflower crust pizza, like this one from The Stay at Home Chef. I think this is less of a traditional saucy pizza and I’d love to top mine with some grilled veggies.
- I’ve been dying to try this Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon-Sugar Dippers from The Small Things Blog. I really wanted to make it for a pool party we went to a few weeks ago, but just ran out of time so I bought a pre-made salad at the store (yes, I call myself a food blogger). It just seems really healthy and I can put the leftover salsa on top of oatmeal the next morning.
- This Strawberries and Cream with Graham Crumbles from Smitten Kitchen really strikes a nice balance with me. I love that you get a nice, sweet dessert, but it’s not laden in a ton of sugar and fat. I definitely love my sweets, but its all in serious moderation these days.
- Lastly, I really want to perfect some homemade ice cream. I keep the insert to my ice cream machine in our freezer at all times (in case there’s an ice cream-making emergency), and I really need to use it more often. I want to do more research on flavors (so I can make all four Gowan’s happy with what I pick!), but this will definitely come in small batches!