It’s August. Zap!

Is there anything better than the bounty of August? We have been feasting on fresh, local produce every day. 

My daughter Kira suggested this zucchini gratin recipe from the July issue of Food and Wine magazine. This is before baking. Isn’t it pretty?

I was concerned that I would lose patience with that coiling design so I had my sous chef work on it. Actually it was surprisingly easy. 

Super delicious. Tastes great with a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio, I might add. 

I’ve also spent some time reading on the porch with a big bowl of cherries. The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It’s mostly a love story but also about the disturbing allure of virtual worlds and the isolation of computer gaming. I’m almost finished and so hoping for a happy ending.

I was really looking forward to today. I was up early and decided to just do 30 minutes of gardening then take a shower and go to Calico Cutters Guild meeting. Linda Poole was the speaker and I wanted to hear about her painted appliqué. I started to cut back some phlox and zap! wasps stung my hand, which now resembles a stubby-fingered football and throbs like a mother…..sting. I developed a bad attitude and missed the meeting. But it is such a beautiful day, I recovered my perspective and took a long meadow walk at Longwood, on the watch for those death-wish August wasps. 

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  1. Lynne Laino says

    What a bounty! That dish looks amazing both before and after! I think I need to renew my subscription to F&W. For a second, I thought Joe Biden was your sous chef! Your hubby is a very handsome guy! Sorry about the wasp – they hurt like the devil!!!

  2. Christine says

    Oh dear about the sting! Too bad you missed the lecture as well. The zucchini dish looks GREAT! I am now getting Food & Wine free but have been too busy to look at it. Shall do soon. I’m making a note about book: I’m glad quilting is not isolating…unless one needs it to be at the moment.

  3. Denise McCaffrey says

    Oh I feel you sister! Last month I got stung by two killer wasps at the same time. They had taken up residence in the arm of my beloved backyard swing. Sneaky devils. I sat down to relax and enjoy a good book and ZAP! No. Double ZAP! I wasn’t sure I was going to make it the 20 steps back in the house my arm and hand hurt so bad. I frantically grabbed some Afterbite I had lying around from years earlier. WOW! Like the stings never happened. Pain and swelling relief in seconds. I am a huge fan. I highly recommend having a tube handy for any summer Zaps! Hope you heal quickly!
    P.S. Our wonderful brother exterminated the wasp’s nest on the swing. That guy is awesome. And fearless!

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