Happy 4th of July to you all! I don’t have any new recipes to share, unfortunately, but I do have news! I’ve enrolled in an online writing camp for the month of July called Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s an online writing community that gives you the tools and support you need to reach your goal of writing 50,000 words in 31 days. I learned about NaNoWriMo from Meg, my good friend from graduate school, who participated last November to write a novel, which is actually what the writing community was created for. But lucky for me, they’ve created a camp in July where they invite you to work on any project that you like.
I’m finally working on my cookbook and this project has perfect timing because I am off for the summer and though my business Popcorn Queens keeps me very busy, what I’m learning from this experience is that you can get so much accomplished in a single hour. Or, as the "writing sprints" that we’re encouraged to participate in have taught me, in just 15 minutes you can type a lot of words. So I’m finding the time somewhat effectively, but this is only day 3. 2,535 words so far 47,465 words to go. I’ll report back at the end of July and post any significant dishes on the blog throughout the month.
In the meantime, I decided to share some of my favorite summer recipes today in case anyone needed inspiration. Another thing I learned while working on my cookbook is that I have so many recipes on here. I never thought I measured up to other food bloggers but this is my 66th post and about 50 of them have been recipes. Regardless of what anyone else is doing, I think that’s a lot! It’s time for the cookbook. Anyway enjoy the Sides, Soups and Sweets!
My Summer Sides
I sent this to my Aunt’s 4th of July cookout last summer because I couldn’t go. Halfway through the day I got a text: “Your Slaw is a hit! It’s almost gone!” I have to admit this dish is a labor of love (slicing and dicing a ton of apples) but it’s so refreshing and healthy, your guests will appreciate it!
My roommate told me that one of her co-workers had her dying lauging because she was complaining about how much she hates the 4th and what she hates the most: Potato Salad! It sits out, gets runny and gross, I get it. Make this German version instead! Mayo free, best at room temperature and has tons of flavor.
Wont say too much about this except, like my Apple Slaw, my family really loves it. My Mom even asked me for the recipe yesterday. Corn is just one of those vegetables that everyone loves and grilling it, only makes it better.
My Summer Soup
This recipe has been in my family for years and I just love it. I’m even planning on making this in the next couple of weeks because it’s HOT out there! Another refreshing, healthy option for you all!
My Summer Sweet
Please make one or all of these during your holiday weekend or any time this summer! And Share! Share! Share! (@the_single_cook on Twitter & IG -- The Single Cook on FB)