Summer Gatherings Cookbook and Your Favorite Things About Summer

cookbook giveaway, summer gatherings by rick rodgers

The Delicious Life Cookbook-a-Day Giveaway
Summer Gatherings

The Short: I’m gifting you with a copy of Summer Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy with Family and Friends by Rick Rodgers for my birthday. You have from now until just before “later” to let me know whether you want it (and honey, you want it).

Though technically it doesn’t matter what you say in your comment, let’s make it interesting anyway by commenting on your favorite thing(s) about summer. I need to hear them because I have a love/hate/hate/love relationship with summer and after finishing the first week of June, my instinct is definitely on the not-love side. I will explain just after “later.”

Good luck trying to convince me that summer is lovely. I am doing my best with 10 Things I Love About Summer:

1. My birthday.
2. My birthday. Wait, did I already say that? Just wanted to make sure you heard me the first time.
3. Birthday cake. My favorite kind of cake is birthday cake, even the kind from the grocery store “take a number for faster service” combination deli counter/bakery that always made me feel a little weird that the same counter that serves sliced salami also serves custard-filled chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.
4. Birthday presents.
5. Birthday gifts. They are not the same thing as birthday presents, so you should probably get me both.
6. People taking me out for birthday dinners.
7. Birthday BBQs on the patio, by the pool
8. Do you sense a pattern here?
9. I do.
10. My birthday.

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1 Liz June 9, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Summer will be lovely if we have the current weather through out.

BTW, your gift and present links don’t work. :)

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2 Erin June 9, 2008 at 6:29 pm

While I despise the fact that summer causes my make-up to practically run off my face during the morning commute I do love trips to the ocean, staying at my boyfriend’s family beach house, and drinking lots of mojitos and sangria on various decks and patios.

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3 Sarah Carrico June 9, 2008 at 6:30 pm

The thing I love MOST about summer is fresh sweet corn off the side of the road. The OTHER thing I love most about summer is the mint harvest, which makes the entire Treasure Valley [I live in Boise, Idaho] smell cool and minty-fresh. I do not love the 110 degree months of July and August we get here, but I deal with it for the food.

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4 Tee June 9, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Summer means no more sweatshirts and jackets when I go to bed. Finally, I can rest in normal pj’s. Yes, I live in los Angeles but 50 is way too cold for me so Summer means anything above 75 and that’s niiice!

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5 Tee June 9, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Summer means no more sweatshirts and jackets when I go to bed. Finally, I can rest in normal pj’s. Yes, I live in los Angeles but 50 is way too cold for me so Summer means anything above 75 and that’s niiice!

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6 Ima Wurdibitsch June 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Summertime and the livin’s easy…

Abundant sunshine, cool swimming pools, refreshing beverages, and being outdoors with friends and family – these are a few of my favorite summer things.

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7 Deborah June 9, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Our weather has been pretty mild lately, so I’m not hating summer. But if it starts getting hot, I’ll be hating summer!

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8 MetroDad June 9, 2008 at 7:08 pm

LOVE barbecuing and cooking outdoors with friends on the weekends.

HATE the sweltering armpit smell and insane humidity.

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9 MetroDad June 9, 2008 at 7:08 pm

LOVE barbecuing and cooking outdoors with friends on the weekends.

HATE the sweltering armpit smell and insane humidity.

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10 Robin Marie June 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm

My favorite things about summer are freckles and carrots from the garden (and peas and greenbeans and lettuce and tomatoes!)

I could do without the insane humidity, but it does make for some excellent thunderstorms!

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11 teri48xxx June 9, 2008 at 7:22 pm

What I love about summer is I get to wear my favorite skirts and sleeveless tanks. Also, the sun is a great addition.

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12 b104607 June 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I love summer b/c of the delicious fresh fruits (peaches,plums,apricots, watermelon) & the long days where I can be out & about & not realize it’s 8pm!

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13 Rachel June 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Blackberries! And tomatoes. Tomatoes are my favorite and I only eat them in season so it is highly anticipated!

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14 jkru June 9, 2008 at 8:26 pm

I love not feeling guilty about procrastinating during research because it’s summer vacation-ish… which kind of makes me a loser. Other than that, I mostly love winter because that’s when *my* birthday is.

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15 jkru June 9, 2008 at 8:26 pm

I love not feeling guilty about procrastinating during research because it’s summer vacation-ish… which kind of makes me a loser. Other than that, I mostly love winter because that’s when *my* birthday is.

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16 FranMag June 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm

My favorite thing about summer is I can wear shorts everywhere. Oh wait, I’m in Hawaii, we do that all year long.

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17 Kate June 9, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Floating down the river on an inner tube, gross watery macrobrew in hand. You lose beers to the rapids, doncha know, and nobody wants to waste the good stuff!

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18 maria k June 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Barbeques!

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19 Maggie's Farm June 9, 2008 at 10:10 pm

I do not love heat advisory days and trying to find work-appropriate clothes that don’t end up with armpit sweat before I make it out the door.

I do love sweet corn on the grill, gazpacho, seafood, and summering (I’m from New England where “summer” can be a verb) on Cape Cod with the family. And in hindsight, I loved the freedom of childhood summers. If only I knew that it would all too soon be replaced with 7-day work weeks and homework!

Oh, and flip-flops. I love flip-flops. But again, I’m from New England which means I wear flip-flops in any weather other than snow.

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20 ashley June 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm

I LOVE SUMMER. I’ve been waiting for summer ever since I began my first winter here in Chicago and I can’t wait to get back home to San Diego for summer break.

Summer means beach, sun, warmth, swimming, flip-flops, skirts and sundresses, relaxing, picnics, barbecues, outings with friends and family, theme parks, and MY BIRTHDAY! =)

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21 Linda June 9, 2008 at 10:27 pm

I love summer nights.

And free cookbooks!

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22 Lauren June 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

I love..the fact that in the summer here there can be tornado warnings over most of my state and the next day the heat jumps to 85 degrees..in Oklahoma. Pretty different from that 2 season year in California.

That is also one of the things I hate about summer. I like a constant at around 80 degrees.

I love..my happy mood when it’s nice outside. And sweating.

And the delicious FOOD in season! My basil and mint smells pretty good when I walk outside right now.

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23 H. C. June 9, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Summer b-day here too. And it’s my favorite season too ’cause of the beach-perfect weather and ’cause I don’t have to worry about layering my clothes (yes, even two is too much for me.)

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24 Kaitlin June 10, 2008 at 1:17 am

The heat. The pool. The ice cream.

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25 Mel CH June 10, 2008 at 1:28 am

Al fresco dining.

– Mel CH

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26 Richa June 10, 2008 at 1:40 am

fresh fruits, fruits & more fruits :)

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27 Sensuous Gourmet June 10, 2008 at 2:21 am

Let me count the ways I love summer.

The bounty, from zucchini you can’t give away to the juicy ripe tomatoes everyone wants.

Pool parties and BBQs. People relax and forget about whether or not their places are big or clean enough.

Sunlight. Cheers us all up, keeps us active.

Ice cream and Gelato in all sorts of flavors. Strawberry lavender. Cinnamon basil.

I would love love love this book to keep Summer Summerier.

Lucy

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28 Ari June 10, 2008 at 2:42 am

I love reading outside in a hammock and bbqs/bonfires on the beach. Please, i would love this cookbook, as being in washington i could use a little summer right about now…its still raining

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29 Ari June 10, 2008 at 2:42 am

I love reading outside in a hammock and bbqs/bonfires on the beach. Please, i would love this cookbook, as being in washington i could use a little summer right about now…its still raining

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30 Simply June 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm

I do love summer!

I love that my birthday happens when it’s nice and hot out (though this june seems kinda cold..)

I love BBQing with friends on the beach.

I love that I don’t have to wear a sweater everywhere I go.

I love that I can wear sandals and cute little strappy heels.

I’d love it if I won this book!

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31 Michele June 11, 2008 at 1:40 am

Love the summer sunshine and the freshly brewed sun tea which would go so very well with the refreshing recipes in this nice cookbook.

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32 Michael June 11, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Ok. Let me try. Obviously, you do not work outside. If you did, you would know that the cold and rain just make it insufferable. Even the unbearable, oppressive heat of summer is better than the freezing, debilitating cold. Besides, your birthday is in the summer – one reason to like it (see, I learn quickly).

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33 Carlo July 4, 2008 at 10:22 am

Good Job! :)

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