A Final Farewell to Fave Summer Foods

Get ’em before Fall arrives!

I love the fall, but the moment I detected the crisp breeze and a certain je ne sais quoi in the air last night, I got a sad reminder that summer’s end is nearing.

Then I saw my co-worker’s list of “10 Foodie Things to Do Before Summer Ends,” and I snapped out of my funk and got re-energized with warm weather pep to knock these all off my gastronaut to-dos!

A few of my favorites:

Upgrade your water: Place fruit in a pitcher with coconut water instead of tap water—try combos like orange and blueberry or raspberries and lemon, or just lime or strawberries. Chill and serve with ice.

Get creative with tomatoes: Panzanella is a classic Italian salad that’s long been dominated by juicy, ripe tomatoes—it’s a mix of the red beauties, day-old bread, and olive oil, salt, and herbs. But paninihappy.com’s Kathy Strahs made Panzanella better, with firm grilled cheese cubes instead of bread. You can also add chunks of bacon and lettuce and call it a BLT salad.

Put strawberries on Bruschetta:We love tomatoes, but give strawberries a chance—they’re fantastic tossed with a little balsamic vinegar and basil, then spooned on goat cheese-topped bread slices.

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