June was brilliant, so much so that I wasn’t ready for it to end. It was filled with so many memorable moments I don’t even know where to start. Wings and caesars on a patio, oysters on another patio, watching the sun set on a different patio overlooking the city – all set to the soundtrack of Florence + The Machine’s new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Are you sensing a bit of a patio theme? I’m a firm believer that soaking up the sun is what summer is all about. I think I would be a different person if I lived somewhere that it wasn’t cold 75% of the year. The month ended off with a bang and a spectacular press trip to Banff, can’t wait to share more later in the week.
June 2015 Recipes
I’m so proud of the recipes I shared in June. I’m 120% back on my recipe game and more inspired than ever. I shared seven new recipes in June, I started out with the flavourful marinated grilled shrimp recipe, green tea ice cream and sausage and leek pasta from the show One World Kitchen. Then I shared a couple of barbecue ready sides, grilled asparagus with sesame dressing and the great Canadian potato salad, and then my go-to vegetarian grilled dish, grilled eggplant skewers and finally, something to keep you cool during the dog days of summer, cold brew iced coffee with mocha ice cubes.
June 2014: Coleslaw with Italian Dressing
June 2013: Barbecue Turkey Meatball Sliders
June 2012: Garlic Smashed Potatoes
June 2011: Curried Quinoa
June 2010: Smoked Salmon Cucumber Boats
Lou Around the Web
I love that I’m able to do some writing outside of this space, in June, I wrote two new posts for Carly over at The College Prepster filled with lots of tips and recipes for summer cooking inspiration- a new recipe for Summer Bean Salad and my 5 tips for summer cooking.
As part of my job, I shared four new pieces on Chatelaine.com – be sure to check them out, they are filled with advice and tips that I’ve picked up there.
How to make the best grilling marinades (this should be required reading for anyone firing up the grill)
5 common grilling mistakes (and how to avoid them) (more required reading for grilling)
It was hard to pick favourite moments from June, but these made the cut.
Opening day at Cabana Pool Bar in Toronto, not only is there the most incredible view of the city and beautiful pools, but the food was delicious. It was the fries that really hit the spot for me and I was so lucky to be able to chat with the chef from Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants for a little while.
That blurry picture may not be the best quality, but it’s one of my favourites from my graduation dinner. A blurry, happy and lovely dinner overlooking our beautiful city with my favourite people in the world. This picture captures all of that.
I headed to NAO Steakhouse for the opening of their gorgeous patio, which is definitely one of the best patios in the city. There were oysters, steak skewers, refreshing drinks and great conversation. It’s always fascinating the people you meet at these events, I met someone who grew up around the corner from me and graduated from my high school a few years before me.
Finally, the highlight of June was definitely my graduation ceremony. A moment that I’ll never forget. I didn’t really think that it would be a big deal for me, but it was. I felt so proud to be up there receiving my degree.
What’s coming in July
There is a lot of stuff going on behind-the-scenes right now and I can’t wait to be able to put these exciting projects out into the world. Here’s a preview of some recipes you’ll be seeing around these parts in the next couple of months.