You'll be hearing from the staff at Food52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.
It's almost that time again -- that time to kiss our precious tomatoes, corn, stone fruits, and other summer treasures goodbye. But before we get nostalgic, we want to make sure we take advantage of these last weeks while we have the chance. Which brings us to this week's question:
What's on your bucket list to make before summer comes to a close?
Christina: Can I just put in an order for Merrill's blueberry jam?
Maddy: Having just discovered that I can buy fresh avocados at California farmers markets (!!), my plan is to eat as many of them as possible. Also, fresh grapes. They're amazing out here.
Kenzi: Marian you stole my dishes! All of my dishes.
Ryan: Just a simple caprese salad with big thick tomato slices.
Allison: I'm going to eat as many tomatoes as I possibly can.
More: Don't worry about slicing your tomatoes -- we've got the perfect knife.
Lindsay: I'm with Brette, bring on the tomatoes! I can't stop eating tomatoes with ricotta cream, pea shoots, and basil salt -- but I'm going to force myself to save some from my garden for tomato jam and freezer batches of tomato sauce.
Karl: I've enjoyed grilling the heck out of baby eggplants of late, the more caramelized the better.
Hannah: My mom has heirloom tomatoes growing in her garden with my name on them, and I can’t wait to introduce her to this Tomato Crostata With Honey-Thyme Glaze. Sarah Jampel -- I'll always consider this recipe as yours.
Sarah: I made those last night, Kristen!
Merrill: Peaches and Maine blueberries!
Amelia: Growing up, my town had an annual Peach Festival, which celebrated all things peach. (I still think I could have made a pretty good Peach Queen...) So peaches are sort of a nostalgic fruit for me and I can't get enough at this time of year.
Stephanie: Tomatoes. All the tomatoes. I bought some at a market the other day and somehow by the time I got home they had all disappeared. They were like candy.
Christina: I'd like to put in an order for these too, please.
Tell us: What's on your summer bucket list?
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