Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Fun (& Food)

Okay, honestly. Who has time to blog in the summer? My eldest had swimming lessons this morning (during which the little one and I ran errands), then we had a picnic in the park with friends, now my Baby's napping while my Big Boy plays with the neighbor, and when snooze-time is over we're all headed to the pool. It's 95 degrees today! We might spend the rest of the night there. But then again, I have burgers and brats thawing for supper and I promised we'd go for a bike ride when it cools off since Big Boy just learned to ride without his training wheels. (I see an emergency room visit in our future.) *Sigh.* I love summer. Love it, love it.

Anyway, since I can't think of anything blog-worthy, I'm going to post my favorite summertime veggie recipe. (Still loving our organic vegetables every week! Discovered I'm a sucker for kohlrabi...) I've made this three times in the last week for barbecues, picnics, and just 'cause I love it.

Hope you're having a fabulous June wherever you are! What are you doing to stay busy (and cool) as the weather heats up?

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Vegetable Pizza

1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls
1 envelope dry Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing
1/2 block (4 oz.) cream cheese (I use neufchatel cheese)
1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use mayo made with olive oil)
sliced, diced, or chopped fresh veggies
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

-Unroll the crescent rolls but do not separate. Press lightly onto a baking sheet, sealing all the seams so that you have an even rectangle. Bake according to package directions, though you may need to adjust the time slightly. Watch closely. While the crust is baking, microwave the cream cheese for 20-30 seconds to soften. Add the mayo and dry salad dressing. Mix well. Wash and slice veggies. I use whatever is in season, though I do love vegetables with good crunch and color variation. Radishes, carrots, green, red, or yellow bell peppers, broccoli, etc. When the crust is cool, spread with dressing mixture and top with veggies. Finish with a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately or refrigerate.



  1. Your post reminds me that I really need to start eating healthy. I eat WAY too much sugar and junk food... bleck!

    I love summer too. It's the absolute best... especially as a teacher. I'm enjoying every minute with Brogan, who is crawling everywhere and climbing on everything. Today we went to the swimming pool. Not much else to do when it's 98 degrees out (and that's not including humidity)

  2. I've had this, and it's great. Now I have the recipe! Thank you.

  3. Oh, don't worry, Katie. I eat junk food, too. Did you catch the first part of the post? Burgers and brats? I'm a sucker for grilled meat of any variety, even though I'm told char is a carcinogen. I can't help it, I'm addicted!

    I hope you enjoy the recipe, Carmen! Thanks for stopping by. :)