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Welcome to the temps of July

I was speaking to a neighbor early this morning as she was taking out her trashmint iced tea and we were remarking about the July heat. This neighbor is much older and wiser then I am, at approximately  80 years old. We spoke of the times of the past, before air conditioning, before large fan cooling systems and how her grandparents generation dealt with the heat.

She talked about ice house’s, small refrigerators (which was a new concept), shady groves of trees and local water spots to cool off. She remarked that on hot days, the neighbors would be outside waiting for the river breezes and thunder storms to cool things down.

I spoke about how as a child we would go swimming everyday in the lake my grandparents live on in Delran NJ and nights with wet sheets over our bodies in front of a fan, we laughed when I said my favorite thing to do was “sing into the fan, and how it made my voice sound”. We chatted about crickets singing in the heat of the summer night and hearing thunderstorms running up the river- as a sign things were going to cool off.

She told me a story of her grandmother making mint tea in a big pot on the stove in the early morning hours and everyone having to drink it, in the heat of the afternoon. As an herbalist, I knew the old ways are the best ways!

Yes, please make some mint tea today, it will naturally cool down your body. As we both talked about today being 95 degrees or more, she said it was time for her to return to her “refrigerated box of a house”! I think this afternoon I’ll make a container of mint tea, chill it down and drop some off to her!

mint ice tea

Happy July Day

Jeannie

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Welcome to July Summer feasting

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Welcome to the best time of year to eat fresh! I am a New Jersey girl and I adore our fresh produce this time of year. I was asked by a few friends to share some of my easy, healthy and yummy recipes.

One of my favorite things to make in summer is all types of “salsa’s”. They are very versatile and can be used from an appetizer, topping to grilled meats and veggies or use as a side dish. I have many combo’s that I incorporate into my summer diet during the fresh produce season. These recipes I have adapted to make the salsa’s easy to take to church picnics, taking to party’s or using the left overs from the night before in breakfast omelettes.  Most times these salsa’s taste better the second day after all the flavors have married.

One of my favorites is a New Jersey Peach Salsa. I use it as a appetizer with chips, or on grilled fish and it is fabulous with Brie cheese as a grilled cheese sandwich on sour dough bread.

Peach Salsa

4 ripe peaches chopped fine

1 red pepper chopped fine

½ red onion chopped fine

4-6 cloves of garlic chopped fine

½ jalapeno  pepper chopped fine

1/2 handful chopped fresh cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

Chop up all the fruit and veggies place in a large bowl, squeeze the juice of one lime and mix well. Chill for 1 hour and serve.

Enjoy the taste of the season!! Adapt this recipe to your taste and change as you would like. I use other fruits too- pineapple, mango, apple, all make an awesome salsa. Happy Summer

 

peach salsa

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