Enjoy the freshest flavors of the season with a summer cooking bucket list! From sizzling grilled dishes to fresh salads, and sweet desserts, savor these 60 gluten-free recipes while you can.
Despite the $18 price tag on the Santa Claus melon I was semi-tricked into buying at the grocery store earlier this week, summer has clearly ARRIVED!! Not technically I suppose but June 1st + 90+ degrees + perma tank tops on this swelling mom bod = we made it.
So this freaking melon. The little boys and I went grocery shopping earlier this week and out of nowhere Lincoln decides he wants to buy ALL THE THINGS. At one point I practically had to pry a bag of celery from his tiny fists as he attempted to Peyton Manning it into the cart. In the spirit of trying something new though, I said yes to his request to bring home a Santa Claus melon that we randomly found by some cantaloupe. We’d never heard of it, the $4.99 price tag seemed a little steep despite it being melon season, and I was certain that nobody in the family would like it, but sometimes you just have to say yes. Plus, with a name like “Santa Claus melon”, there was no way we were going leaving the store without it.
Fast forward 20 minutes later and we’re checking out. Cam’s squawking, we see a friend at the end of the line and start chatting, the cashier is asking for my rewards card – bottom line, things are hectic. I’m not sure what made me snap my attention back to the monitor with the list of items that had already been rung up, but there it was at the bottom in bold, angry letters: Santa Claus Melon. $4.99. A pound.
TIMES THREE POINT EIGHT POUNDS.
That’s an $18 melon you guys!!! I practically had to hold back the throw up and should have immediately asked the cashier to reverse the charge but like I said, I was already a little frazzled and didn’t want to add a squawking 4 year old to the crazy mix, so we left the store with a near $20 whimsically-named melon. Yeaaahhhh.
Best of all (being sarcastic here,) the boys hated it. Ok I can’t blame them – it basically tasted like nothing. Scraped the meat into a bag then into the freezer it went. That’s going to be one expensive batch of popsicles! Oh well, you live and you learn…then you only buy $0.99 cantaloupes for the rest of the the summer.
Anyway, unlike our expensive, taste-free melon, the recipes on my Summer Cooking Bucket List are in-season and filled with flavor! I think I say this every time, but this is officially my favorite recipe roundup ever. Stamp that ish.
Over 60, gluten-free, summery recipes filled with the most craveable flavors of the season. Strawberries, steak, and sweet corn. Baked beans, blueberries, and BBQ. What a great time of year to eat! I’m so glad to have this list handy so I can refer back to it when I’m attempting to make spaghetti – AGAIN – next Monday. That said, pin this post, share it, tweet it, bookmark it, love it, so you can check off all the summer bucket list recipes with me over the next couple of months. Ready to get cooking?!
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