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What's your summer guilty pleasure?

I have a couple. I LOVE the frozen strawberry lemonade at McDonald's that's only available in summer. I try to limit myself to 2 or 3 over the summer.

I also love fried dough at summer carnivals. I haven't had one in several years so I think this may be the year to indulge. And I know, it's carbs fried in oil, but the best way to eat it is spread with BUTTER and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Yes fried food spread with butter. It's why I have it only once every 10 years!

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  1. Turkey Hill Farms' - Southern Lemon Pie Ice Cream. Lemon ice cream swirled with marshmallow, and dotted with pieces of shortbread. It's a limited run seasonal item, so I'll stock up to plead guilty all summer long. :)

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      That. Sounds. Amazing. Lemon Meringue is my favorite dessert ever. Is Turkey Hill Farms a commercial brand, or an ice cream shop?

        1. re: LindaWhit

          i've seen turkey hill in florida and virginia. i'm going to look for that flavor!

          holy cannoli, batman! look at these special edition flavors on now! http://www.turkeyhill.com/products/li...

          1. re: alkapal

            It's just a matter of whether those special edition flavors are being sold in your area. I'd love to try the Mango, the Key Lime, or the Lemoni Biskoti.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              better for me if they weren't. LOL.

              but i just saw a recipe for the old fashioned lemon icebox pie (made with condensed milk) and i could taste it! maybe the ice cream will be like that!

              (we finally turned on the a/c, as my allergies were over the top. cold treats don't seem so crucial now…)(yeah, we'll see how long that idea lasts. ha!).


              1. re: alkapal

                That pie sounds amazing! And so far, we haven't yet needed the A/C up here in New England - although Monday is supposed to get up to around 75°, but I think that ceiling fans will keep the house cool enough.

              2. re: LindaWhit

                i didn't find one single special edition flavor of turkey hill at the first store i checked. did see a breyer's special banana cream pie flavor that is calling to me, though. ;-).

                1. re: alkapal

                  I'm still waiting for the first appearance of the Lemon - it usually turns up in June or July.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    the turkey hill had a special flavor at another store -- pumpkin-pecan pie flavor. seems that is for fall, but…there it was!

                2. re: alkapal

                  Why-oh-Why do they have to louse up beautiful Banana with Peanut Butter?

                  Don't get me wrong, I like PB pn toast, even the occasional PB&J (even though it no longer likes Me). But I pass on any combo acts: Chocolate & PB especially. Nein, nein, nein!

                  1. re: mcsheridan

                    You don't like chocolate and PB together??? You might be the only one. ;) I'm not sure I can think of any other two things that go so well together

                    1. re: JeffroCGC

                      Oops, I think Mcsheridan said banana and PB not chocolate and PB.

                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                        "But I pass on any combo acts: Chocolate & PB especially."

                        I don't think so. Sounds like he/she hates chocolate and PB.

                        I can understand enjoying flavors in their pure forms the best (I'm the same way) but choc/PB is heaven sometimes.

                      2. re: JeffroCGC

                        Nope. Don't want Reese's PB Cups, Reese's Pieces, or anything with the chocolate/PB combo. My uses for PB are limited to putting it on toast, the occasional PB&J, and various Asian peanut sauces for noodles, satays, or salads. That's it.

                    2. re: alkapal

                      Although not listed on the page, there's another Limited Edition I just bought today: Peaches & Cream - peach ice cream with peach slices. I'll update after I've tried it.

                      (Yes, I really can restrain myself for a few hours.)

                      1. re: mcsheridan

                        i've had the chick-fil-a summer peach shake and it is really delicious -- real peach chunks and all. BUT a calorie bomb!

                        1. re: alkapal

                          I had a taste of the Arby's orange dream and it was pretty dreamy, but lactose intolerance prevents from consuming too much.

                        2. re: mcsheridan

                          TH Peaches and Cream was pleasant and creamy enough, but tame in peach flavor.

                    3. re: mcsheridan

                      UPDATE: Turkey Hill Southern Lemon Pie Ice Cream just showed up in supermarkets for this weekend's shopping. Give it a try! Stock it up!

                    4. Ice cream from Leo's in Carlisle PA.

                      Caprese salad made with burrata and tomatoes or peaches.

                      Bourbon slush or real lemonade with iced tea vodka

                      Macaroni or potato salad especially with grilled meat where the meat juices start to mix into the salad

                      1. Coke Slurpees.

                        Boardwalk food. Cheese steaks, Sausage sandwiches, Clams on the halfshell, Zeppoles, Funnel Cake, Kohrs swirl cone, fudge. I know I am forgetting some.

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                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                          Taylor Pork Roll sandwich with an iced mug of PA Dutch Birch Beer, Copper Kettle Fudge, Johnson's caramel corn...or maybe these are long gone. *sigh*.

                            1. re: Jerseygirl111

                              Brain strain has not come up with the place on the O.C. boardwalk that had the fresh lemonade and the hot, salted fries served in the big paper cones. It was near Kohr ice cream and Johnson's popcorn not far from The Flanders.
                              Any ideas?

                                  1. re: melpy

                                    Not important as they are likely long gone (I was 4 or 5) but I recall a place with huge glass jugs of iced tea and lemonade and deep fryers with fries. They'd dump the hot fries into a stainless steel bin, salt them and then make a large paper cone out of newspaper stock and fill it with hot (yeee-ouch!) fries. Balanced with the iced lemonade - what a treat!

                              1. re: Chefpaulo

                                We get down to the south Jersey Shore every couple of years and we always bring home a few packages of Taylor Pork Roll.

                            2. What we call “scones” in Idaho. I was about 50 before I realized that what I’ve been calling scones my whole life is a whole ‘nother animal than what most people call scones. I love my Idaho Scones and make them once in a great while. The must be dipped in honey butter. Pretty sure it’s a law! Hubby does like them shaken in a brown paper back with sugar and/or cinnamon. It’s just not normal! :)

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                              1. re: AngelaID

                                Now I'm curious. What are Idaho scones?

                                1. re: Jpan99

                                  Apparently, in the rest of the country, it's called Indian Fry Bread. They've always been "Scones" on the menus up here.


                                  1 1/2 cups of warm water
                                  1 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
                                  1 Tbsp. Yeast
                                  1/2 tsp Salt
                                  1 Tbsp. Butter
                                  3 1/2 Cups All Purpose (important!) Flour


                                  Throw everything into your bread machine, and set to the dough cycle (around 1 hour 30 minutes)
                                  You can make the dough by hand (Mix, Knead for 15 minutes, and let rise for an hour).
                                  Break off pieces of dough, flatten by hand, or rolling pin to about 3 inch rounds.
                                  Let rise on floured cookie sheets for about another hour
                                  Deep fry in oil until golden brown (around 350 degrees).
                                  Serve with honey butter.

                                  Honey Butter:


                                  * 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
                                  * 1/4 cup honey

                                  1. re: AngelaID

                                    That pretty much sounds like the fried dough I get at carnivals. Funny how they call that a scone since it's nothing like a traditional scone which probably originated in Britain.

                                    1. re: AngelaID

                                      That sounds like what's called a Beaver Tail in Ottawa.

                                      The best way to eat it is to toss with cinnamon sugar, add a squeeze of lemon juice, and eat it while wearing ice skates and standing in a snow bank on the Rideau canal. With hot apple cider (soft) as a chaser.

                                2. thick sliced of dead-ripe tomatoes on fresh sourdough with basil, salt and (preferably homemade) mayonnaise.

                                  also, white peaches. fresh. cold. crisp.

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                                  1. re: rmarisco

                                    I have absolutely ZERO guilt for enjoying those things.

                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                      I might feel guilt for the sourdough and the mayo.

                                      1. re: melpy

                                        Totally unnecessary. Sourdough is really good for you (and even white sourdough has less of an impact on your blood sugar than whole wheat yeast bread), and homemade mayo is even healthier -- all those excellent egg yolks and good oil (so don't use vegetable oil).

                                    2. re: rmarisco

                                      Ya, I don't feel guilt eating healthy.

                                    3. Del's Lemonade with vodka and elderflower liqueur

                                      1. To me, fresh tomatoes and peaches are not GUILTY pleasures - they are summer joys any critic would proudly endorse. My guilty pleasures for summer are pretty low-brow - Slurpees and those freeze-pops in the plastic sleeve that you freeze at home. Just water, sugar and coloring, but you can't beat the nostalgia factor!

                                        1. 1.) Italian Ice. I LOVE Italian ices in the summer.

                                          2.) Because of the above and the lack of any good home version I like those icee sticks (known locally as that) the liquid in the cleat tubes you stick in the freezer. That is as close to Italian Ice I can get for home.

                                          3.) VODKA, but that's actually my year round guilty pleasure.

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                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                            Libby's Italian ice in New Haven, CT vanilla with nuts or lemon, after an early lunch gorging ourselves at Pepe's.

                                            1. re: melpy

                                              What ?!?!
                                              And no mention of those beautiful cannolis ?? I know they're pre-filled, but come on, you have to have at least one ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/franzph...

                                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                We don't like the pastries or cookies at Libby's. We prefer Lucibello's.

                                                Best cannoli is still Vaccaro's in Baltimore Little Italy, we actually bring them unfilled to CT to eat when we visit.

                                                1. re: melpy

                                                  OMG, Vaccaro's has an AYCE on Monday nights ... ayce dessert and coffee. Now THAT has to be a guilty pleasure.

                                                  Look --> http://vaccarospastry.com/promotions.jsp

                                          2. Hawaiian shave ice...I never get tired of it. And Italian ice is wonderful too. Sadly, neither are readily available here unless you're at a fair or something.

                                            I love popsicles too, and those are available pretty much everywhere. :)

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                                            1. re: love2bake

                                              If you don't mind me asking, where are you located? I didn't think there was anywhere domestically (USA) that either Rita's Ice or Ralph's hasn't hit.

                                              They are not the Italian Ice of my youth, Gino's but they are both pretty dam good.

                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                Rita's is barely Italian ice in my book. Here they call it water ice (which I never understood).

                                                I am not a fan o Rita's but when I used to live next door to one the gelati of mint choc chip ice and chocolate soft serve would really hit the spot when it was too late to make it to any other shop before they closed.

                                                  1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                    Ha!! From my hometown of Edison, I'm personal friends with several members of the family. Traditionally they were just at fairs etc. with their portable carts, I don't know of any stand alone locations that carry them.

                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                      They have a cart setup in Merrill Park I believe, if you are so inclined this summer.

                                                      When I was in school, they had a store on Rt 27, but no longer.

                                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                        Correct 27 is where they were based out of I was unaware they sold retail out of that location. Not far on 27 from Flowers by Maria, another Maglione family business.

                                                  2. re: jrvedivici

                                                    I'm in Milwaukee. We have plenty of frozen custard...but no fruity iciness.

                                                    1. re: love2bake

                                                      Really? Well take my advice reach out to Rita's or Ralph's Ices and open up the first franchise in your area! (I get 10%)

                                                1. ice cream and fried clams on the cape. lobster rolls.

                                                  1. There was no greater summer culinary treat for my dad than a huge bucket of steamed clams with melted butter, thick ripe slices of sliced Jersey tomato with salt and pepper, several ears of buttered silver queen white corn, a couple of ice cold Heineken's and ice cold ripe watermelon for dessert. Served poolside on a warm August evening, that made for one very happy camper.

                                                    1. Sapphire and tonics
                                                      Watermelon Marg's
                                                      Grilled corn on the grill
                                                      Grilled Caesar salads
                                                      Grilled pineapple, nectarines, peaches
                                                      Tomato sandwiches with gobbs of mayo and Lays chips squished together

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                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                        I have to say I am surprised that so many people find fresh fruits and veggies as "guilty pleasures". Is it because you are normally low carbers??

                                                        ETA- didn't mean to reply directly to beachchick. It was a general "you" question.

                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                          I don't think they feel guilty, I just think they are interpreting the original question as which summer foods are their favorites. Either way, fun to read what other people love to eat!

                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                            Yah, I don't really get that at all, either. Maybe people just read over the "guilty" part, and all they saw was 'pleasures'.


                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                              LOL, I think so. Summer and food pleasures and off they go!

                                                        2. i refuse to have guilt about food, so i have no guilty pleasures. ;-)

                                                          favorite summer treats, though...
                                                          peaches and cream (ripe peaches, heavy cream poured over top, yum)
                                                          rainier cherries
                                                          watermelon salad (i make this only when 'melon is in season: it's watermelon chunks, thin red onion, and mint marinated in lemon juice, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, top with feta or another tangy crumbly cheese to serve)

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                                                            1. re: wapfcat

                                                              not wise - just someone who spent 16 years in the clutches of an eating disorder, that required residential, intensive outpatient, and many, many months of regular therapy visits to overcome. :-)

                                                          1. Water Ice
                                                            gin and tonics

                                                            the rest of my summer pleasures have no guilt cookouts and fresh tomatoes I feel perfectly good about

                                                            1. I don't feel guilty, but when August gets here and the Houston heat is unbearable, I break out the frozen Thin Mints. The only Girl Scout cookie that makes it till summer in my house.

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                                                              1. Lots and lots and lots of buttered fresh, local corn on the cob.

                                                                Vodka and lemonade - my "summer drink". Had the first one a few days ago.

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                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                  Vodka and Lemmon flavored Pelligrino is a very refreshing combination.

                                                                2. I love to prepare a plate of sliced tomatoes and cucumber, maybe onions, sprinkle with salt, and sometimes a splash of oil and vinegar. The longer it sits, the better. Here lies my guilt - when the plate is empty and no one is looking, I drink the juice straight from the plate.

                                                                  Even worse - sips of ice cold pickle juice straight from the jar.

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                                                                  1. re: Tara57

                                                                    "sips of ice cold pickle juice straight from the jar."


                                                                    Also the juice from a jar of sauerkraut.

                                                                    1. re: Tara57

                                                                      There's a bar that serves a martini made from vodka and pickle juice, i'm blanking on what the name is now....!

                                                                    2. In the summer i want frozen boozey slushies!!
                                                                      Mike's hard lemonade is awesome frozen, although i'll usually make my own version with fresh fruit and such with vodka.
                                                                      Somehow wine coolers also sound like a good idea......well, until the next morning anyhow !

                                                                      1. REAL summer tomatoes her in NJ... WAY in future. Plain white bread, THIN slices od tomatoes, plenty of real mayo and S&P.

                                                                        REAL Jersey corn! Passed a field where it's maybe an inch or 2 high. HAS to be slathered with butter and liberal amount of S&P, or I could just pass!?!

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                                                                        1. re: kseiverd

                                                                          I'll be haunting a local farm one town over late next month, just to see when the corn looks promising. I plan to do some advanced corn cooking beyond the cob. :)

                                                                          Nothing wrong with your "recipe", either. Most years, that's as far as I get.

                                                                          1. re: kseiverd

                                                                            When the corn is super fresh and sweet in the summer i just chop it off the cob to use raw for corn black bean salads... So amazing.

                                                                          2. BLT's - lots of mayo. Also, tomato sandwiches on buttered bread with thin sliced sweet onions and a little sprinkle of vinegar.

                                                                            1. Has to be all the bacon I eat in August and September on BLT's…all blame goes to the local tomatoes for this.

                                                                              1. Taiwanese shaved snow

                                                                                Actually, it's not that guilty. Just a pleasure.

                                                                                1. First, for lunch, gazpacho made fresh from my garden, served with egg salad sandwiches on good white bread.

                                                                                  Then a trip to the frozen yogurt place for a cup of four flavors with two maraschino cherries on top.

                                                                                  1. mine is gorging on garlicky bruschetta from our grill topped with fresh garden ripe tomatoes and basil with olive oil & salt.

                                                                                    chik-fil-a also has a delicious but calorie-laden peach shake in the summer. wow!

                                                                                    1. Fresh corn on the cob with lots of butter.

                                                                                      Strawberry shortcake

                                                                                      Tropical, fruity cocktails if I'm at a place on the water. This is the only time I really venture away from my much lower calorie rum and diets.

                                                                                      Fried seafood, crab legs.

                                                                                      Hot dogs at a BBQ (I'm not a big hotdog person unless it's from the grill, and usually that only happens in the warmer months).

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                                                                                      1. re: SaraAshley

                                                                                        Forgot about strawberries! Strawberry shortcake with real everything. Strawberry pie, the kind with the cream cheese layer and then the whole berries and the homemade gel.

                                                                                        Also peach cake from the Silver Palette cookbook. Hot out of the cast iron skillet withe real whipped cream or just cold cream poured over it. It is hard to get me excited about non-chocolate desserts but these have to be some of my favorite fruit ones.

                                                                                      2. Guilty: ice cream truck orange push-up, oh how I love those.

                                                                                        Otherwise summer is a virtuous and healthy time for me, all the wonderful vegetables and greens. I just can't feel guilty about slathering mayonnaise on a warm from the sun tomato-and-onion sandwich.

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                                                                                        1. re: Teague

                                                                                          Do they still sell the fruit push-ups? I used to love the Flintones orange ones.

                                                                                          The rocket kind with the vanilla and chocolate swirl going through were always great.

                                                                                        2. A chilled John Daly (arnie palmer with gin) screams summer afternoon to me. With a bit of mint for a garnish if we are being fancy

                                                                                          1. Wow, lots of people like their alcohol in the summer!

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                                                                                            1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                              Pimm's Cups, G&Ts and Margaritas. Yeah, baby! Bring it, Summer!

                                                                                              1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                Nah, any drinking is a guilty pleasure in my book.

                                                                                                1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                  It's really an all seasons indulgence for me :-D

                                                                                                    1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                      Sangria, watermelon marinated in vodka and lime juice, ice cold rose wine.....

                                                                                                      It's hot and you want a nice cold vacation-y beverage!

                                                                                                      1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                        Pimm's cups! Dark and stormies! BEEEEER :D

                                                                                                      2. Margaritas at the sidewalk cafe closest to 5 o'clock
                                                                                                        Pirozhki eaten greedily on the boardwalk at Coney Island
                                                                                                        Tiki drinks in the middle of a Saturday
                                                                                                        Red Hook lobster rolls

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                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                          LOL! I *love* the tiki drinks in the middle of a Saturday choice. Perfect for a summer afternoon.

                                                                                                        2. McDonald’s ice cream
                                                                                                          Beaver tails
                                                                                                          Funnel cake
                                                                                                          Jello shooters (always make an appearance at BBQs)

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                                                                                                            1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                              Another fried dough creation.

                                                                                                              In Connecticut we just call it fried dough, so much simpler. I miss the autumn fairs that sold the fried dough pizza, instead of sugar etc. you put on a thin layer of red sauce and sprinkle with parmesan. So good! Really a fall treat in my head though.

                                                                                                              1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                Exactly it!

                                                                                                                Only time I get it is when I go to CNE / Ontario place or the Toronto Zoo - which are always in the summer for me!

                                                                                                          1. Haagen-Daz, irresistible when it's on sale in the summer, but also ice-cold gazpacho, which isn't so guilt-making except that when I make it I end up with at least half a gallon so I have it instead of preparing meals. I peel 4 large tomatoes and put them through the Cuisinart with an onion, a cucumber, and a green pepper. Mix this with a 46-oz can of tomato juice and season with salt, garlic powder, and cumin.The longer it sits in the refrigerator, the better it gets.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                              When i visited spain my jaw dropped at the huge array of various premade gazpachos sold in quart containers for about $3! I tried no less than four different kinds and each better than the previous....
                                                                                                              Gazpacho has always been my favorite part of summer!

                                                                                                            2. BLT sandwiches and fried green tomatoes

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                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                  Ultimate BLT tip;

                                                                                                                  (use thick sliced tempura fried tomato)

                                                                                                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                    Wow, i never thought of a tempura tomato.

                                                                                                                    Sadly my one attempt at tempura was disappointing so probably won't be one i will be trying anytime soon.

                                                                                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                      Holy crap. Double crunch with tempura batter and bacon? Heaven.

                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                        Yes and some crisp lettuce, perhaps a few chucks of crumbled blue cheese now you are talking Ultimate BLT!!
                                                                                                                        I use to serve that at one of my restaurants.

                                                                                                                        Another tempura tomato dish was a Filet Mignon Pomodor Picante'. Which was a tempura fried tomato slice, topped with a petite filet mignon, plate drizzled with buffalo style wing sauce and the filet topped with creamy and crumbled blue cheese!!!!

                                                                                                                        Shit I"m starting to drool........................

                                                                                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                          And you're making my tummy rumbly. STOP IT! LOL

                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                            Actually I should clarify for my Ultimate BLT mentioned above I didn't use thin cut crispy bacon, I used thick cut steakhouse style bacon.

                                                                                                                      2. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                        So many of my summer guilty pleasures are attached to a sense of place like the seashore or idling in weekend getaway traffic that I forgot just how unhealthy I can be at home in the summertime. Particularly when tempura fried squash blossoms stuffed with mozzarella are on the menu.

                                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                          Love the squash blossoms. Wish I could buy them since I get my vegetables from the CSA.

                                                                                                                        2. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                          Fried green tomatoes in BLTs are also delish, esp if/when you're waiting for the others to ripen.

                                                                                                                    2. More visits to a local Milwaukee-style soft serve with dog in tow (they get a puppy frozen treat, too!).

                                                                                                                      1. Fried green tomatoes, for sure.

                                                                                                                        This is a little weird, but I got it from my mother- on hot summer days, growing up, I remember, clearly, my mother making a "light" easy meal, eating at the kitchen table, with the windows and screen door open, ushering in a cooling breeze as evening approached.
                                                                                                                        Mom made mashed potatoes, put servings into bowls, and poured buttermilk around them, like a moat.
                                                                                                                        Man, she enjoyed the heck out of that, and somehow, thought it refreshing.

                                                                                                                        1. I seldom eat deep fried food. But while back in Maine for the summer, I gorge on on deep fried full-bellied clams, haddock, and scallops. Lobster and crab rolls, loaded w/ mayo too.

                                                                                                                          1. What is it about a tan making me feel slimmer?

                                                                                                                            Somehow, I don't feel the calories of my indulgences!

                                                                                                                            1. Sitting out on the porch with a tall bubbly glass of Prosecco, mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto, and creamy gelato on a hamburger bun.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                  Yes! I should say IN a bun. I like to use soft potato buns, but in some areas of Palermo they use a brioche.

                                                                                                                                  It helps with 'the drip'. LOL

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                    It's pretty great on Hawaiian sweet rolls

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                      I could get behind brioche maybe but the gelato/bread combo sounds like an acquired taste.

                                                                                                                                2. My favourite summer treat is passion fruit green tea, half sugar, lots of ice. It must be made with fresh passion fruit pulp, not syrup. It's a guilty pleasure because I usually avoid sweet drinks.

                                                                                                                                  Also mango shaved ice - shaved ice topped with fresh mango and drizzled with condensed milk. It's only worth eating in mango season, and the better stores only sell it then.

                                                                                                                                  1. Right now NJ asparagus is coming in, and I don't CARE about "aromas" it causes! Used to be a spring delicacy before we could get nice stuff from other parts of the world during their spring.

                                                                                                                                    When Jersey corn is truly local, I can eat it every day... as long as it's dripping with butter and LIBERALLY sprinkled with S&P! It's gonna make me CRAZY when I see signs at local road-side stands touting "local" corn WAY before it could remotely be possible. I passed a field today and it's no more than 1-2" tall, but somebody's gonna "con" people traveling to the shore for Memorial Day Weekend... outta town/staters beware.

                                                                                                                                    When Jersey tomatoes are great, I can make a meal outta just slices (again S&P) alond side a few ears of corn. REAL Jersey local tomatoes are pretty much NOT available until LATE in July, but stands will be claiming they have them SOON!?! Pretty much NEVER buy tomatoes that aren't local and ini season... have almost ALWAYS been SO disappointed that I just pass on them.

                                                                                                                                    Have a favorite little mom & pop stand that always has THE best melons! Massive cantaloupes that perfume the car in the short 2-3 minute drive. When I mentioned how GREAT they were, owners said PLEASE tell us if you ever get ones that are less than satisfactory. They don't grow them, but get them from someplace in NJ. Same goes for their "cannonball" watermelons.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: kseiverd

                                                                                                                                      Jersey produce- so, so good.
                                                                                                                                      I load up when I visit- usually beginning of Sept. so corn and tomatoes are still around.
                                                                                                                                      In fact, last year I bought a bushel and made marinara that will last the year.

                                                                                                                                      What I hate more than the "local" sign when it's obviously not, is seeing corn etc. at a certain farmers market near me.
                                                                                                                                      Why? Just, why?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: kseiverd

                                                                                                                                        I really miss Jersey corn. Ain't the same up here in Massachusetts.

                                                                                                                                      2. speaking of summer drinking -- here are some nice ideas for yourself or a party! http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/din...

                                                                                                                                        1. fresh field peas cooked up with bacon and eaten with a cast iron skillet-fried corn pone. i could eat my weight in those two things together!

                                                                                                                                          white acres, black eyed peas, cream peas, lady peas…you name it

                                                                                                                                          also -- garden-ripe tomato sandwiches -- with copious mayo and salt and pepper on white sandwich bread. since wonderbread has gone, i had to move to sunbeam buttermilk bread. arnold's country white isn't too bad -- but it is firmer.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: EM23

                                                                                                                                                (seeded) Beefstake Rye is the best. So glad it's finally back

                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                              Oh my!! You and I are two peas in a pod!!! Yum!!

                                                                                                                                            2. and this summer i am going to drink more of the persian drink "doogh" -- http://mypersiankitchen.com/doogh/

                                                                                                                                              and keep buttermilk in my fridge for a slurp every now and then. and for making fresh salad dressing with the herbs out of the herb garden.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                My mom's favorite summer drink is similar but from the Indian kitchen...

                                                                                                                                                yogurt/buttermilk & dilute with water (we eyeball it)
                                                                                                                                                Chopped fine bits of Serrano
                                                                                                                                                Crushed bits of ginger
                                                                                                                                                Fresh chopped coriander
                                                                                                                                                Optional: season with some mustard seeds & pinch or two asophoetida and/or toasted crushed cumin seeds

                                                                                                                                                See Spiced Indian Yogurt (Chaas) from seriouseats.com

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ceekskat

                                                                                                                                                  That sounds delicious; I love sweet/savory flavor profile and LOVE hot peppers

                                                                                                                                              2. I'm not understanding why people feel guilty for eating summer produce, why the guilt for eating corn with butter? Is it the butter that you feel guilty about or the fact that it's on corn??

                                                                                                                                                I eat ice cream year round and don't limit myself on anything I really want to eat to a specific season, unless I can't get access to it. The only thing I feel slightly guilty about is that I adore chocolate in all of it's many forms and sometimes have issues controlling myself,

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                  Corn and butter are both pretty guilt ridden...the butter more than the corn.

                                                                                                                                                  My husband likes to make a meal of corn in the summer and will eat six ears with butter and call it dinner.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                                    Depends on your general diet. There are plenty of people who would look at it exactly the opposite way.

                                                                                                                                                    I try to avoid sugary/overly starchy stuff for the most part, but have no qualms whatsoever with using butter.

                                                                                                                                                    That said, I eat as much freakin' corn (generously slathered in butter and just as generously salted) as I damn well please in the summer. Season's short 'nuff.

                                                                                                                                                    No guilt, no thanks.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                                      I could sit next to your husband and do the same, melpy!

                                                                                                                                                      it's like... I know I'm only going to get this for a short time, so I'm going to enjoy this as much as I can, while I can till next year!

                                                                                                                                                    2. Ice cold beers ... June, July, and August.

                                                                                                                                                      1. I am not guilty about eating lots of watermelon. Seeded! Great way to cool off. Even better with a pinch of salt and a squeeze o lime

                                                                                                                                                        1. Food and drink really don't make me feel guilty. But, I have this neighbor who has a pool . . . and sometimes we hang out there and drink lots of beer and . . . his bathroom is really, really far from the pool, you know?

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                            i guess you want us all to go "eeuuuuw," right?

                                                                                                                                                            so you and your neighbor piss into his pool? geesh! i'm guessing he's single.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                              Nah, alka, I was mostly looking for a few chuckles, maybe an errant guffaw, at least a smile or two. I guess it was just those early morning mai tais to start summer talking.

                                                                                                                                                              Oh, and by the way, she's married.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Sangria. I love a nice glass of sangria -- preferrably white, when it is hot out.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Disneyfreak

                                                                                                                                                                That's a year round drink for me. But I usually only make it myself in the summer. Otherwise, it's the drink of choice at a favorite restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Not guilty pleasurea, but summer pleasures:
                                                                                                                                                                Local strawberry daiquiri
                                                                                                                                                                Peach cobbler
                                                                                                                                                                Agua Fresca
                                                                                                                                                                Claflouti with whatever is at its best

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                  Yum, peach cobbler with good fresh peaches is the best. I always make at least one in the summer.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Just had my first S'more of the season..yum!

                                                                                                                                                                  Other favorites- fried green tomatoes, spiked strawberry lemonade, extra sweet tea made in the sun, corn on the cob with dill butter, all of the goodies at the county and state fair that I must have every year including pineapple whip, salt water taffy, caramel corn, funnel cake, elephant ear, and whatever the new fried food of the year might be, love the fried snickers.

                                                                                                                                                                  And my favorites that I don't have to feel guilty about- salted tomatoes still warm from the sun, sautéed zucchini, peaches, watermelon with feta and mint, cantaloupe, Can't wait for all of these to be in season.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: brilynn79

                                                                                                                                                                    That all sounds so amazing and definitely summery.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. There are two for me:

                                                                                                                                                                    - Arcata Scoop's strawberry ice cream made with local strawberries from Deepseeded Community Farm

                                                                                                                                                                    - Homemade spiced peach halves baked in butter and garam masala, whole star anise, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Peaches are sourced from Grenada, CA (as close as can be to where I live now).

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Was going to say that my guilty summer pleasure would be the Poteet, TX , Strawberry Ice Cream that our HEB's
                                                                                                                                                                      Creamy Creations makes for only a few weeks in Spring
                                                                                                                                                                      as strawberries are early here in South/Central Texas BUT............I ate the half gallon that I was saving for "summer" so it will have to be my "Spring guilty pleasure". Damn. I'm so mad at myself, but I just couldn't keep from eating it and now there's NO MORE until next Spring. Rats.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Champagne mangoes diced into my tequila.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                          After some time in the garden , under the sun, an ice cold 24 oz bottle of Corona, two hot dogs with mustard, onions and relish.
                                                                                                                                                                          Then a nice snooze in the shade!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. My fake street corn...white corn slathered in mayo, lime juice, and Sriracha and grilled.
                                                                                                                                                                          Cherry clafoutis.
                                                                                                                                                                          Of course, home grown tomatoes, either with a little grey salt or a dollop of tart mayonnaise.
                                                                                                                                                                          Cucumber sandwiches...home made white bread, more tart mayo, salt, pepper, and sliced peeled cukes...lots of them.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. No guilt -- but only crave these in the summer.

                                                                                                                                                                            Strawberry Lemonade
                                                                                                                                                                            Blackberry Cobbler & Peach Cobbler
                                                                                                                                                                            Silver Queen Corn with lots of butter and salt
                                                                                                                                                                            Big chunks of ice cold watermelon
                                                                                                                                                                            Ranier Cherries -- can make myself sick with these
                                                                                                                                                                            Tomato and Mayo sandwiches

                                                                                                                                                                            These are mostly nostalgia for my childhood in the south when we ate veggies from the garden all summer long.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. I made it today. A box of Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Mix with a whole pint of blueberries added and extra cinnamon and sugar on top before baking. I don't know how many carbs per slice this has but I probably can't count that high. It is so lovely with a mug of hot tea.