And I’m back! Did you miss me?
I’m going pretend you’re all collectively nodding your heads in affirmation.
My trip was totally awesome. And as badly as I want to formulate a better opinion than that, my brain just isn’t allowing for me to do so at this very moment. As I sit down to write this post, I’ve only been home for a single full day. So naturally, I need a little more time to decompress and organize my thoughts (and I’m going to need a lot more time to finish doing my laundry!). But hopefully, I’ll be able to share some recommendations and photographs here relatively soon-ish. In the meantime, you can check out the pictures I posted on Instagram. Portugal is a wonderfully beautiful place, with vibrant cities and breathtaking beaches, and I highly recommend adding it to your travel bucket list!
Summer was still very much alive in Portugal. But here in the states, I’m already catching whiffs of back-to-school and pumpkin mania. Ummm…nope! It’s still hot as Hades outside. And late Summer produce is at it’s peak. So I’m in no rush what-so-ever to start Fall. Which is why I’ll be face-planting into this Easy Skillet Peach-Basil Cobbler for the foreseeable future.
I tested out a couple versions of this cobbler before I left for my vacation, and they were all a big hit. Honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong with peach cobbler during peach season. It’s an easy target to hit, even if you don’t consider yourself to be a “baker”, per se.
The basil adds a subtle herby undertone and makes this recipe feel kind of sophisticated and fancy. Even though it’s totally not either of those things. This cobbler is 100% rustic. And if you wanted to just dig straight into the skillet (after letting a big scoop of vanilla ice cream get all melty in the middle) and forgo bowls all together, I think no one would fault you for that. That’s totally what I did.
I streamlined the recipe as much as possible to cut down on the number of dishes (only 2 bowls and one skillet!) and ingredients (only 8!) required. Because I wanted as few obstacles as possible standing between us and this Summer dessert. In short: there are no excuses not to make this easy recipe before Summer is over. Go do it!
Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit
On Sunday, I leave for a 14-day trip to Portugal.
Please know that I tried to write that first sentence for about 10 minutes. But nothing poetic or eloquent ever came from my keyboard. I also didn’t want to risk “burying the lead”, as they say. So I just put it out there. A simple statement of fact. And I couldn’t be more excited.
Portugal is a place that I’ve never visited. And this trip is for a duration of time I haven’t “allowed” myself to take off in years. My only recent vacations have been work-related. And while those can certainly be fun and relaxing in their own way, let’s be honest, they aren’t true vacations by any measure.
So. Portugal here I come. I’m meeting a girlfriend and we’re taking in the whole country. I can’t wait to eat the food (obviously), see the beaches, learn about the people and so much more.
My goal is not to work while I’m overseas. But I will be around on Instagram, sharing tidbits here and there when the Wi-Fi allows. I hope you’ll follow along. And if anyone has any last minute must-see/must-do/must-eat suggestions, please drop me a line and let me know. I’d love to hear about them!
With my trip fast approaching, my mind has become an exceedingly busy place. I’m consumed with all the usual everyday stuff. Plus, I’m trying really hard not to forget anything essential, like my passport or camera. Lists and sticky notes have become my life.
The only other thing taking up real estate in my brain these days is this Corn, Zucchini and Cantaloupe Salad with Prosciutto and Fresh Herbs. It’s a recipe that I created a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t stop making it, eating it and thinking about it. It’s the best of Summer, filled to the brim with wonderful seasonal produce. And it has just enough salty prosciutto to make it feel kind of luxurious. Prosciutto is an item that I don’t buy often, as I’ve given up most pork products over this last year. But I must admit, it tastes mighty fine in this salad. It was certainly worth the splurge.
I’ve recently become kind of obsessed with this buttermilk dressing from Stonewall Kitchen, and it’s what I used in my version of this salad. But any buttermilk or ranch dressing would provide an excellent creamy component. So just use your favorite homemade or store bought version. It’s all good!
This Corn, Zucchini and Cantaloupe Salad with Prosciutto and Fresh Herbs is a snap to toss together, so I’m sharing it as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday recipe round-up (links below for more quick and easy recipes!). I hope you get the chance to give it a try before Summer’s over.
OK, friends. I’m out for a couple weeks. Stay cool and safe. I’ll be back towards the end of August!
Guacamole Pita Pizzas from She Likes Food
Italian Chicken Salad from Pumpkin N’ Spice
Quinoa Corn Chowder from The Recipe Rebel
Teriyaki Salmon Foil Pockets from Life Made Sweeter