My Southern Summer Kitchen

7.25.2016

Summer in my southern kitchen means lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I wish we had our own garden,but after trying out one in our yard a few years ago Mr. Savvy decided not to do it again. That's okay the fresh goods from the farmer's market work just fine for us.


I love July in Georgia because that means peach season. Peaches are my favorite and I love them sweet and juicy with the juice running down my arm while I eat it over the sink.

The other day I brought this fresh produce home from the farmer's market. Our other favorites in the summer are fresh Georgia tomatoes. Slice them and slap them between two pieces of bread with mayonnaise and salt and pepper and man oh man! It may need to be eaten over the sink, too. 

I picked up two different kind of peaches. The large ones are Loring peaches which are in season now and the smaller ones are white flesh peaches which I love. They are sweeter to me.

Silver queen corn......don't get me started plus yellow squash, cucumbers, zucchini and lettuce. I am tired of buying prepackaged lettuce at the store that starts going bad within a couple days.


I picked up some green beans and they are cooking while I'm writing this along with a turkey breast in the oven.

Crape myrtle clippings from the yard. I just wish they weren't so messy.



One of my recent purchases from the antique shop in Florida is this French tian bowl that I have wanted for ages. They can be pricey, but this one wasn't way out there so I bit the bullet and bought it.





I better get busy and make a peach cobbler before the peaches go bad.


If you want you can find try  my fried squash recipe from a few years ago is one of my most popular pins.

Happy eating and have an awesome week!

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39 comments:

  1. Yes, we love our fresh veggies and fruit year round! We are lucky in that one of our local produce markets (there are 2 I frequent, plus a Saturday farmer's market) goes to Florida and Alabama during the winter months so we are still able to get some fresh produce then. We do plant a few things (tomatoes, cukes, sometimes peppers/squash), but buy a good bit of it. I love silver queen but it is getting harder and harder to find around here. Peaches and cream is the big seller here. Do you mean the bags of lettuce? I always buy a head and cut it up. The bags can have preservatives and to me the lettuce always smells like plastic LOL. If you will place a folded white paper towel in with your lettuce, it absorbs moisture and will help it last longer. Love fried squash but we very, very rarely eat fried foods. I have had fried okra a couple of times this summer! Thankfully we love roasted or grilled squash too. And squash casserole!

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    1. We don't eat fried foods normally either, but in the summer I have to make this a couple times for hubby.

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  2. I love summer and all of the fresh fruit and veggies. I miss my garden and can't wait to sell this house and have a garden again. We went to the mountains this past weekend and on the way home stopped at a produce stand and I picked up zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peppers and blueberries.

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    1. Penny, I know you miss your garden. Can't wait for your next chapter!

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  3. Oh yum! The tastes and smells of summer.....
    Love the pics....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  4. I hear you, Kim! We try to eat healthy most of the time, but sometimes you just have to stick with those southern traditions. A little fried squash never hurt anybody.

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  5. There's nothing that says summer better than a kitchen full of fresh fruits and vegetables! I am drooling over your squash Kim, I've got to try that!
    Jenna

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  6. I could almost taste the tomato sandwich. One of my summer favorites!

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  7. Kim, you eat your peaches like I do, juice running down my arm, and over the kitchen sink! Summer is all about the fresh produce, we grow our own tomatoes, squash, and okra, but everything else comes from a local farm...hard to beat good Southern food! Loved seeing your Southern summer kitchen! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  8. The photos look great, love the peaches. Your fried squash looks yummy.
    Have a great day.

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  9. Beautiful summer kitchen with all those fresh veggies and fruit so beautifully displayed and why did I know that you bought that great French Tian bowl....looks wonderful on the table...
    I am off to our "tomato man" as our neighborhood calls him...he is down the street and has acres and acres of fabulous tomatoes...oh how I love the summer produce and fruit too!

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  10. Kim, I live in NC and peaches are grown here I in the Sandhills, where we live. Peaches! Our favorite time of the year is when they are ready. We have a home at Oak Island where we spend most of our summer, and our friends and neighbors always look forward to us bringing a couple of bushels to share with everyone. So good!

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  11. I'm big on buying from the local farmers market as well! Your kitchen looks so inviting no matter the season Kim, and the fruits are a big plus!

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  12. Kim, I'm sure you aren't old enough to remember a comic by the name of Brother Dave Gardner. He had a saying about tomato sandwiches -- "you have to lift and eat fast lest it fall through the crust." Very true. You probably can't mention food brands, but our tomato sandwiches in South Carolina have to be with Dukes Mayo.

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  13. Your kitchen is so pretty! I love the eating area and all your pretty summer touches! So inviting!

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  14. Bonjour chère amie,

    Une très jolie publication...
    Des photos magnifiques, merci pour ce délicieux partage.

    Tout comme vous, je me régale en ce moment avec les légumes et les fruits de l'été.

    Gros bisous de Ramatuelle où j'expose en ce moment mon travail.

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  15. You are speaking my language! All is delicious . I know we don't eat much fried foods anymore, but you have to splurge just a little. my 95 year old mother use to say,"your body needs a little grease to keep everything moving smoothly." Who am I to disagree with her!?!? I'm sure you have tried fried green tomatoes, as well....love them and squash. We do know how to cook our veggies in the south!

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  16. Love your French bowl. And I am a veggie girl...so I am right there with you for summer veggies. They just taste better!

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  17. Fresh, fresh, fresh, it's what summer is all about and you cannot beat it. We have peaches and plums and an abundance of tomatoes in the garden, I love to eat them all, straight from the tree or vine, still warm from the sun and failing that then the farmers market is a must, we are so spoilt here in France with our choice of produce from the market, all fresh and all local, it really is a foodies paradise!

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  18. Pretty pictures of fresh fruit, vegetables, and your new French Tian bowl! I saw one on Etsy from a shop in France. Do you ever order from overseas shops on Etsy? I've been leery - Thanks!

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    1. Yes, Patti I have ordered from overseas shops many times. Takes a bit longer to arrive, but have never had a problem with it.

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  19. What don't you do? You do the yard, cook the food, clean the house. That man better appreciate you!
    Brenda

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  20. Oh, yes. We are eating many tomato sandwiches! And on Friday I posted a recipe for a tomato tarte tatin (tomato upside-down tart). Can't get enough! We are more for nectarines than peaches, and put them in everything. And apricots. We had kilos and kilos of apricots from a tree no taller than me (i.e., not very). Besides gorging on them, I made apricot clafoutis. YUM.

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    1. Well, I didn't know the French ate tomato sandwiches!!

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  21. Oh I hear you on the squash!!! But we will eat it other ways, but fried is the only way we do okra. Tonight we are having fresh green beans - white half runners - my fav, tomatoes

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  22. I can't imagine nOT loving the fresh fruits and veggies of summer! I do the same thing and slice the tomatoes and make a sandwich. YUM!!! I usually saute some zucchini, mushrooms and onions for a great veggie at dinner. I have a nectarine, strawberries and blueberries every morning in summer. I wish I could get some GEORGIA peaches!!! LOVE the gorgeous bowl you got.

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  23. Oh, gosh, I would give my right arm---well maybe not the right one, the left one then since I"m right-handed! Anyway, I would give a lot for some of those peaches you can get down there. You cannot get decent peaches in the super market up here in MI. They are hard as a brick and if you leave them out to ripen they don't, they just rot! We live in the middle of the state, but if we lived further north and west near Lake Michigan we would be near the Michigan peach-growing area. Guess we'll have to make a trip up there soon.

    One veggie I have enjoyed this summer from my own plantings is chard. I really like it before it gets as big as you find it in the store, so I like growing my own. That and three tomato plants and some spinach is the extent of my gardening tho' this year. The spinach was good while it lasted but it's been so hot here that it pretty much all bolted.

    Enjoy all your fresh produce, Kim. It's so good for you!

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  24. My Dad always planted Silver Queen corn and Big Boy tomatoes!! Love this time of year for all the fruits and veggys.

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  25. Love all of the fresh produce during the summer. I miss having a garden this year but we're excited to start one at the new house next year. Enjoy your bounty!

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  26. Everything looks great in your summer kitchen.

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  27. Your kitchen looks absolutely delightful with all of your delicious summertime produce.
    Mary Alice

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  28. Wish I had some of your Georgia peaches! My crape myrtles are gorgeous, hot pink in color ... but the tiny buds come into the house on our feet ;) I think I'll snip some and bring them in to enjoy, thanks for the inspiration.

    Mary

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  29. My mouth is watering from seeing those peaches! Yum! They also make the perfect accessory to your beautiful kitchen!
    Shelley

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  30. Aaaaaahhhh summer's bounty. As I type I too have a couple of bowl of fresh produce. Peaches, also my gave. NOTHING like Georgia peaches!! Fresh tomatoes, avocados, melons, and some limes. A colorful bounty tempting us to eat fresh!! Plus they make a bright pop in our décor.
    Fried squash... hmmm, will have to try that.
    Thanks for the idea. Now you are making me hungry as thoughts of tomato sandwiches dance in my head. Another summertime fave of mine.
    Hugs, Gee

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  31. Kim, Your kitchen is such an inspiration. In fact, I recently pinned your silver champagne bucket filled with kitchen utensils (which I featured on my blog). I just love that idea! The new/old bowl was a great addition to your already great space.
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

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  32. I am a Georgia girl too and I love those fresh veggies and fruit in the summer. We used to have a garden but age and a landscaped backyard have limited our ability to grow our own. So, we hit the farmers' market also. I thought I was the only one who stood over the sink eating peaches and tomato sandwiches. I also love doing an uptown sandwich with tomatoes and Vidalia onions sliced very thin, with mayo and salt and pepper on a dense whole grain bread. Take is up a notch but nothing beats the drippy plain "mater" sandwich over the sink! I'm going to try your squash recipe. Looks good and is the way I make my fried green tomatoes.

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  33. That bowl of peaches on your table looks divine! And I think I may have to fry the last of our squash tonight after seeing your photo!

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  34. I noticed we have a small Farmers Market by our new hood. Going to try and get by there in the next week or two. Always love seeing ics of your kitchen Kim. Hope your week is going well!

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  35. Your peaches remind me of my childhood summer in the South where peaches were so delicious.

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