What are your favourite summer foods? Canoe can’t wait for her mom’s home-made fruit pies and her dad’s Little Chief-smoked salmon back in B.C. Toque looks forward to picking exquisite, sun-warmed strawberries that grow wild in the grassy fields of Nova Scotia’s South Shore. So, tell us, what do you look forward to chowing down on this time of year?

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  1. Liz Tompkins commented:

    There are so many favourite summer foods it’s hard to pick just one. If I had to pick one I’d have to say home grown arugula would be it. I grow pots of it on my porch at all different stages of growth. I use it in salads, sandwiches, and best of all is roughly chopped and tossed in hot pasta with a drizzle of good olive oil, parmesan cheese pine nuts and fresh black pepper. So simple and so delicious. If you really want to be fancy then you can top it all off with grilled chicken or salmon. Fantastic!

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  2. David Tetrault commented:

    Not too complicated. Rack of beef ribs, cooked low and slow, at least 4 hours, with fresh corn on the cob. Fresh prawn salad by the lake. Gazpacho, nice and cold. A nice French wine. A real panini sitting in a sidewalk cafe somewhere in France. More wine.

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  3. Liana Robberecht commented:

    Hot summer days that lead into nights are amazing for food entertaining, I love nice fresh summer salads, grilled stone fruits with grilled shrimp, lemon herb dressing. Of course Alberta’s own Spring Creek beef Ribeye steaks topped with an Arugula pesto butter , there is just not enough time in the day to list summer food favorites . Not to mention pairing them all with a lovely champagne!!! my favorite

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  4. Catherine Ford commented:

    Aunt Marnie’s cherry pie, Grandmother’s homemade lemonade, orange Popsicles — all are reminders of childhood in Calgary. But I’m grown up now (and older than my grandmother was) so my favourite summertime food is something somebody else makes. Nothing beats sitting on the patio at Sage Bistro in Canmore, the sun shining over the Three Sisters, with a mouth-watering lamb burger and sweet potato fries, accompanied by a Grumpy Bear lager or two, brewed in town by the Grizzly Paw micro-brewery. Summer. Mountains. Only bested by Winter. Mountains.

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  5. Julie commented:

    Hands-down, summertime means homemade ice cream and fruit pies – and crumbles, crisps, cobblers and pandowdies – topped with same. Or clouds of whipped cream. Our most memorable summer meal, I think, was tacos and gringas washed down with lime-mint freshies at TacoFino in Tofino, followed by a blueberry-huckleberry crumble made with huckleberries we picked down by the water. I may just try to recreate that tomorrow…

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