July 2019 “In My Kitchen”

The summer is flying by here.

We had a tremendously wet and cool June.   I am afraid July is going to be hotter and drier.

Welcome to July’s “In My Kitchen.”   IMK is hosted each month  by Sherry’s Pickings.    It’s an international group of food-minded bloggers who highlight new items or produce or recipes from their kitchen each month.   (I am always intrigued with what will be posted each month.  As I talk about the heat, the Aussie participants are experiencing mid-winter weather.)

Here’s what’s new “In My Kitchen.”

I have shown great restraint and there are no new cookbooks “In My Kitchen” this month.    There is a new magazine though.

As a perk for donating to our local public radio station, we are now receiving Wine Spectator.    I literally feel like this magazine comes every other week!   I was a little dubious about it.  Don’t get me wrong, we love our wine but I thought the mag would be a bit frou-frou and pretentious.   Far from it.   I love the stories about the family farmers and chefs, the articles about agave and bourbon, and the recipes!

 Although I will continue to donate to our NPR station, this is a nice incentive.

The Hubs declared last weekend that he was cooking dinner and that he had been planning it all day (in his head as we toiled in the yard).  He was inspired by our recent viewing of The Chef Show.  

He grilled some delicious hamburgers with a trio of cheeses.  The best part of the meal might have been these Brioche buns, but his three cheese medley (as inspired by said Chef Show) made the burgers delicious as well.  It was a great combination!


There was no brand marker, only this name and address on the back of the buns.   Not the best marketing plan—to put your name right below all the additives.  🙂

When my mom and sister visited in May, Sis brought me a tub of Citrus Lavender tea that was delicious.  (Truth be told, she was bringing it to me because she did not care for it.)  I loved it and have sought out some of the other flavors.   The Early Grey Creme is delicious as well.  I picked up a peach flavor that was not my cup of tea, however.

You might remember a couple of months ago, I mentioned some pickles that were delicious and gourmet-ish.  I bought them at our local farm and ranch supply store.

Again, here’s another great food find from that same store:  Dot’s Pretzels.   These have just the right amount of spice.  (I was introduced to these pretzels by the same person who put me on to the pickles!)

Besides these items, there’s lots (I mean LOTS) of frozen berries and jam in our kitchen and cupboards.   See my last post for all the berry good details. 

Please stop by Sherry’s Pickings to see what everyone around the world is posting up for July.


I hope all my stateside friends had a wonderful Fourth of July!   To all the rest, Happy (belated) Canada Day and Happy Bastille Day.   Just for fun, I researched some other “holidays” we might want to celebrate this month:

July 5:  National Apple Turnover Day

July 6:  National Fried Chicken Day

July 7:  Chocolate Day AND National Strawberry Sundae Day

July 8:  National Blueberry Day

July 9:  National Sugar Cookie Day

July 11:  National Blueberry Muffin Day

July 12:  National Pecan Pie Day

July 13:  National French Fries Day

July 15:  Tapioca Pudding Day

July 16:  Fresh Spinach Day

July 17:   National Hot Dog Day AND Peach Ice Cream Day

July 18: National Caviar Day

July 19:  National Daiquiri Day AND National Raspberry Cake Day

July 20:  National Ice Cream Soda Day AND National Lollipop Day

July 21:  National Ice Cream Day AND National Junk Food Day

July 23:  Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24:  National Tequila Day

July 25:  Culinarians Day

July 28:  National Milk Chocolate Day

July 29:  National Chicken Wing Day AND National Lasagna Day

July 30:  National Cheesecake Day

Mark your calendars now!





14 comments to July 2019 “In My Kitchen”

  • Mae

    Burgers cooked on the grill with good brioche buns — what a great thought! It’s amazing how many little things you can do to make burgers better (or how many little things a husband can do! Mine is also working on burger technique.) Trader Joe used to have a good brioche bun, but I haven’t looked for it recently.

    Have a great July. Looks like a lot of celebrations are on.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • Hamburger with a trio of cheeses…that sounds right up my alley!

  • Those buns look so good. I’ll have to look for those.

  • Glenda

    The buns were great as well as all the other delicious food you prepared on our 4th of July visit. The blueberry cobbler (Donnas 50th birthday cake) was delicious. Loved being in your tropical paradise with banana trees and plumeria flowers.

    • Thanks, Mom. We had a great time. I didn’t take any photos of the cobbler but wish I had. Maybe I will remake it and post it soon. (Thanks for helping with the blueberries, too!!!!)

  • oh no i saw palm oil on the list! we can only hope it was from a sustainable source. thanks so much for joining in IMK again. lovely to have you here (there):-) Wow all those beautiful berries. and how about all those food ‘days’. i wonder who thinks them all up? thanks debra Have a great month. cheers

  • Oh that haul of berries looks incredible! Berry season and stone fruit season are my absolute favorite time of the year. I loved Teavana when I was last in the States. Brioche buns on burgers are the best! =)

  • The 4th of July burgers sounded deliocus even with all the additives in the buns. Those berries look wonderful and thank you for the calander national food days… did not realize there were so many 🙂

  • I’m actually getting rid of cookbooks (and loads of other books) rather than adding to my collection. We’re decluttering in a major way — how did we acquire all this STUFF??! Anyway, great stuff in your kitchen. We wouldn’t get rid of any of it! 🙂

  • It was a great week to be in your kitchen. I love brioche buns for burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. But you are right – bad marketing on the package.

  • Ha ha – I did see the photo and read it as Lamburger Buns and thought ‘that’s very specific’. We have a tea club at work (I don’t drink it bust most do). I think they would love ‘Earl Grey Crème’. I would love to live in a berry growing area but alas, it is too tropical. Strawberries do OK but can be variable. It’s a shame because we love berries and gorge on them when we visit milder climates. Thanks for the tour.