July is here. The summer solstice has come, school is out and officially summer is well underway. Picnics are to be had, parties of every sort, weddings, celebrations and of course, the all American favorite – the cookout! Long days, gatherings at the fire-pit, swimming, lazy afternoons on the hammock, summer at the cape, a good summer read. How do you spend your summer days? The possibilities are endless. Because the days are long, we tend to pack in as much as possible, live life to the fullest, take in every moment. Life is fast and full and wonderful. I’m reminded of a song I love by Michael Franks, “Dragonfly Summer”, the words so soothing and complete, painting a picture of the beauty of summer. This month I will try to keep up with all my favorite summer recipes. Some fun stories and tips here and there. After all, I’m hoping we are all outside and not spending too much time at the computer or ipad – unless it’s on an Adirondack chair at the end of a long dock.