Friday Favorites #84
June 12, 2020
Summer Eating
"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."
— James Beard
Joanna and Teri
I love the ease of summer eating. Whether it’s the warm weather or the abundance of produce at the farmers market, there's something about summer eating that just feels celebratory. A wise woman once said to me, “There's a difference between following a recipe and learning to cook,” and summer is the perfect moment for that kind of cooking.
Summer Grilled Shrimp and Chorizo Mixed Grill
Let the summer produce lead the way. Summer eating evokes dishes like a Caprese salad with mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, olives, and Marinated Red Onions.
Simple Summer Roasted Tomato Pasta
Summer is a simple pasta that starts with a tray of fresh, ripe tomatoes roasted in the oven with garlic, herbs, olive oil, and salt.
Grilled summer vegetables
Summer is a plethora of vegetables, like zucchini sautéed in olive oil till browned on one side, flipped till browned on the other side, and topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan.
Grilled steak
Summer is certainly the time to think about the grill. I love to grill 365 days a year on the little gas grill right off my kitchen, and if you happen to have a grill and you haven’t gotten it out yet, now is absolutely the time. Grilled skirt steak, pork chops, Heroine Chicken, and a shrimp platter are all divine options. (If you don’t have a grill, many people love to use the Lodge Cast Iron Grill Pan.) 
Teri's Pork Chop Platter
A lovely platter easily put together includes these skinny grilled pork chops—it comes together in no time. Enjoy any of these with the bounty of the season: corn sliced off the cob sautéed and served with feta cheese, summer tomatoes, and a store-bought crisp cracker (though the ones pictured above are homemade crisps made from a baguette).
Perfect Summer Breakfast
Doesn’t summer fruit just restore your faith in the world? Breakfast can be as easy as a smoothie or a breakfast bowl with fresh fruit, oats, and nuts in a halved cantaloupe. Luscious fresh fruit can be served with skyr and oatmeal (pictured below).
Simple Summer Breakfast
These easy to do soft serve skyr with cookies are a cool sweet treat that will make your favorite eaters happy.
Soft Serve Skyr Cookie Sandwiches
My very favorite breakfast on repeat when I’m not doing Whole30 is toasted bread with feta or mozzarella, tomatoes, and Marinated Red Onions. When doing Whole30, the ease of a jammy egg, sliced tomatoes, Marinated Red Onions, and fresh basil is a great way to start your day.
Easy Whole30 Breakfast with Jammy Eggs and Marinated Red Onions
Now is a pretty spectacular moment to find these early vegetables: baby carrots, baby pattypan squash, and baby zucchini. Sauté with herbs until brown and finish with browned butter. Lovely as is or served over rice or cauliflower rice.
Preserved Meyer Lemons
Then there's the ease of salad dressings to dress your gorgeous summer greens. Don’t forget your Preserved Lemons! They make a fabulous dressing when macerated with olive oil. There’s nothing better or easier than using this delicious Magic Elixir to dress your salad.
Delicious Summer Fruit Platter
For a summer vinaigrette, think two parts olive oil to one part sour (citrus juice or vinegar), whisked together. It’s that simple. Feel free to blend in a bit of summer fruit: a couple of blueberries, a strawberry, or blackberry. If your vinaigrette needs more sweetness, add a drop of honey and a sprinkle of salt.
Corn Sauté with Shrimp and Chorizo
Here's another summer celebration of goodness that I love: in the height of corn season, cut corn cut off the cob and sauté with pieces of sausage and bits of red pepper. With slivered garlic and fresh herbs like julienned basil, this is a pretty delightful way to enjoy the corn that’s been basking in the sun all summer long.
Grilled Summer Vegetable Platter with Pistachio Pesto
Whatever it is you choose, get cooking. This week I’ve invited some friends and influencers to share their favorite summer recipes.

Teri Turner, founder, nocrumbsleft
Author:  No Crumbs Left, Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous
Podcaster:  nocrumbsleft Table Talks
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Summer Eating Inspiration
From This Week's Contributors
Spectacular Summer Cooking
Ana's Summer Shrimp Dish
One of my favorite summer activities is cooking—while everyone wants to get out and explore, I just want to stay home and use those fresh and vibrant summer ingredients. I use all of my senses and feelings rather than following or coming up with a recipe. Often times I come up with a meal plan, only to change my mind depending on how I feel or which ingredients need to be used before they expire. I create food out of any odd combination of pantry and fridge ingredients on short notice, and I seize the moment. It’s exhilarating, nourishing—just like summer.

Click here for Ana's Summer Shrimp Recipe.

Ana Pozo, Home Cook
Ana Pozo
Scrumptious Lemon Pillows
Sherrie's Lemon Pillow Cookies
These Lemon Pillow Cookies are truly the best—close to my heart and legit my favorite lemon cookie recipe in my baking repertoire. The recipe went viral on my Instagram, and I was surprised how many people made and enjoyed them. Not only is this cookie easy to make—it tastes as good as it looks. Every bite is bursting with bright citrus flavor.

Click here for Sherrie's Lemon Pillow Cookie recipe.

Sherrie Tan, Blogger
Sherrie Tan
Blueberry Cornmeal Crumble Bars 
Phillip's Blueberry Cormeal Crumble Bars
Summer in Nashville means the perfect fruit is just a farm hop away. Picking fresh blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and strawberries is just about the only thing that will coax me out of bed before the sun is up. There is something extraordinary about being able to grab berries at their best before the heat hits. I freeze some, but I also have my go-to favs, and Blueberry Crumble Bars are where it's at, y'all. Bonus points for this one, since you can swap the blueberries for pretty much any summer fruit. Click here for the recipe.
Phillip Fryman, Blogger & Commercial Food Photographer
Phillip is using his platform for positive change by selling French macarons in support of The Brennan Center for Justice. Click here for more details.
Phillip Fryman
Beautiful Blackberry, Avocado & Arugula Salad
Beth and Lexi's Blackberry, Avocado & Arugula Salad

We love a refreshing summer salad with a little bit of everything: peppery arugula, sweet, tart blackberries and blueberries, creamy avocado, refreshing cucumber, salty vegan feta, crunchy toasted hazelnuts, and a lime mint vinaigrette. You can add a grain and/or protein for a more complete meal, but we love this as is! Perfect as an appetizer, light lunch/dinner or a side dish to bring to your next bbq.

Beth Sinclair and Lexi Harrison, Mother-Daughter Co-Founders 
Beth and Lexi
Sweet Potato Stir Fry
Erica's Sweet Potato Stir Fry

Easy summer cooking means spending less time in the kitchen, yet still being able to eat something delicious. It means more time to be outside enjoying the weather with family, friends, and neighbors. A simple dish, stir-fried sweet potatoes does not contain a lot of ingredients, and it comes together quickly. Best of all, sweet potatoes are readily available and enjoyable any season of the year. I like to give it a spicy kick by adding some hot chili oil. (In the recipe I used a spiralizer, but with updates I am now using a vegetable peeler. I like the outcome of the peeled potatoes better.)

Erica Nkansah-Therman, Food Blogger        

Erica Nkansah-Therman
Chicken Burrito Casserole
Nicole's Chicken Burrito Casserole

When I think of hot summer nights, I think of dinners spent outside with a glass of rosé in hand, grilling. But another thing that comes to mind are meals that can be put together quickly, so that more time can be enjoyed connecting over food and engaging in conversation. My Chicken Burrito Casserole recipe may not be quite the summery meal you had in mind, but it’s quick and easy and a major crowd pleaser. The best part? Most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry.

Nicole Modic, Founder of KALEJUNKIE      

Nicole Modic
This Week in the Shop
Rainbow Marinated Onion Bowl
I know many of you love rainbows for so many different reasons. For me, as a very proud mother of a LGBTQ+ daughter, rainbows mean celebrating. I'm delighted to share this Rainbow Collection with you!  They come in Marinated Onion Bowls, Everything Bowls, or if you want to splurge, the Nesting Bundle. If you order the Rainbow Nesting Bundle, you get a purple Crum-bowl for free!). Click here to view the shop.
This Week's Giveaway
This week we want to give away a Rainbow Marinated Onion Bowl! Click below to enter and good luck!
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This Week's Table Talks Podcast
S2 E2: I Get it From My Mama
Teri and Dr. Carrie Kholi-Murchison
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Carrie Kholi-Murchison @kholi, Whole30 Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and co-creator of, an entrepreneurship that offers progressive education for the global business world. We talk about families, food, and how influential our mothers have been in shaping the women we have become. She shares how she pivoted from English major to change-maker and schools me on “soft skills,” why equity and personal peace matter, and how she works daily to make a difference in the world.

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Dunni Odumosu
I just finished a 21-day, plant-based detox. I truly enjoyed cooking from scratch, felt so much better physically, and was inspired to continue my healthy journey in a sustainable way. After seeing Myleik Teele post about Teri’s cookbook a number of times, it was the first thing that came to mind (and is the first cookbook I’ve ever purchased)! 

Dunni Odumosu, Newly converted healthier eater
Philadelphia, PA
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