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July 31, 2009

I've been asked if I had taken a vacation, if I was mad or if I had just given up on the "Cooking Corner." None of those things: in a way it was a vacation but not one I wanted to have. In the 2nd week in June I had a complete elbow replacement done at Mayo. Slowly I'm getting back to doing things.One of the things I find terribly hard is writing but I can use the computer, but very slowly.

I'm still doing therapy which does take time so some of these first columns will probably be shortened.

Those lazy days of summer are upon us and these past summer days have been ideal.I've had the windows open and it's great to wake up to the sounds of birds chirping.It's also a great time to sit on the porch or under a shade tree while drinking lemonade, or sparkling tea brewed by the sun.If not now, but soon time to savor the taste of home-grown vegetables. It's great to enjoy all the pleasures of summer, but in a lazy way.

The best way to enjoy a balmy night or a hot day is to have a cool, refreshing drink. My favorite drink during the summer months is a tall glass of lemonade. "It hits the spot!" is what strikes me with this drink. I like to serve it as a drink with the meal and it is also ideal thirst quencher at family picnics. There are many mixes, canned and frozen lemonades but with fresh lemons at their peak in the summer try making lemonade the way I think it should be made.

This recipe is from an old Amish cookbook, but the old-fashioned flavor has never gone out of style.


6 lemons squeezed for juice (take out seeds)

2 1/2 cups water

2 cups sugar

Grated rinds of 1 lemon

Cook sugar and water 5 minutes. Cool. Add squeezed lemon juice and rind. Stir sugar water and lemon juice together. Then add 4 cups of cold water. Pour over ice in pitcher or tall glasses.

Makes 8-19 servings

"A life without love is like a year without a summer."-Swedish Proverb



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