September Mourn

 Summer may be over, but don't tell the tomato plants.

 I spent the Tuesday after Labor Day successfully scrubbing some of the white trash off our camper.  I don't think it had been washed since 2005, but that Simple Green stuff is miraculous.  The only part I dislike about camping--coming home and having to unload everything, that and the low level griminess that is a result of having to share the shower with a bunch of spiders.  

Sophie was less than happy to return to school, and "had a hard time even running a mile" at her first cross-country practice.  Mother Nature did not get the memo re:summer over and has once again turned up the humidity to extra steamy.  My run on the C&O towpath was moist and green.  The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a snowy winter so I probably should not complain about the slow progression to fall.  My San Antonian friends are still experiencing triple digits despite the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

That summery salad pictured above is quinoa tabouleh.  Here is the recipe:

1 cup quinoa (cooked according to package directions and cooled)

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

salt/pepper

1 cucumber, peeled/seeded and cut into 1/4" dice

1 bunch parsley, minced

1 package of these (optional)

sliced tomato for serving

Mix the cooled quinoa with lemon juice/olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Add snack sprouts, cucumber and parsley, tossing to mix well.  Just prior to serving add sliced tomatoes.

We also had these with dinner: 

Grilled Bruschetta with Figs, Blue Cheese and Honey

Grill bread on each side, top with sliced fresh figs and crumbled blue cheese and grill until cheese is melted.  Just prior to serving drizzle with a little honey.  

Just because you put those white shoes back in the closet doesn't mean you can't keep using your grill.