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How’s about cooking somethin’ up with me? Take II

Since being back from my recent trips to San Diego I haven’t tried any new recipes just keep making myself chicken and shrimp tacos.  So I went back to review some of my past new recipes favorites to get some inspiration and motivation to try making something other than chicken or shrimp tacos or blueberry bread.

Here are some of the favorite new recipes I’ve tried since April of this year that I highly recommend to anyone looking to try something new:

04_06_Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur – I love a good Croque Monsieur and when I see it on a brunch menu it’s usually what I order or at least something I consider ordering but never tried it at home.  I finally broke down and decided to try making my own.  I tried this recipe and it was delightful even thought I couldn’t get the cheese sauce to thicken up it still tasted like a Croque Monsieur.  I was too lazy to cut off the crusts of the bread but that didn’t hurt the sandwich one bit, will definitely make again.

04_17_Oven Baked Crab Avocado Wontons

Oven Baked Crab Avocado Wontons – These were amazing, and so easy to make.  I only used 1 avocado and didn’t use the full chili powder amount but OMG they so good, I’ve already made them a few more times and even made them for my parents while in San Diego and they ate them all up.

04_20_Onion Ring Sunny-side Up Eggs

Onion Ring Sunny-side Up Eggs – Why I never thought of doing this on my own and had to see a recipe on Pinterest to give me the idea is dumb on my part.  They were super easy and I’ve made them for brunch a few times since.  I topped mine off with fresh chives, black pepper and hot sauce.

04_20_Peep S'mores

Peep S’mores – I tried the baked kinds and broiled kind, preferred baked better and enjoyed with Hershey’s special dark and Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker ChocoPod delicious these have been made multiple times for multiple people who all enjoyed them.

05_10_Baked Tomato and Egg Cups

Baked Tomato and Egg Cups – Another attempt at brunch that was a success.  A great easy brunch dish, next time I make them I’ll cook them closer to the 8 min mark vs the 10 min mark so the yolk does not get hard and stays a bit runny like I like them.  I served mine with toast and fresh strawberries, topped off with fresh Parmesan and chives.  Would be a perfect dish when inviting people over for brunch who you want to impress.

05_18_Asian-Style Chicken Soup

Asian-Style Chicken Soup – This soup was awesome, even after eating it for lunch and dinner for a week I was still excited for it.  Each day I freshened it up by adding different veggies to it, will be making again once the weather cools off some.

05_26_Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs

Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs – Holy Cow these were amazing!  The sauce was so spicy, so good and made my mouth on fire in the best way possible.  I have ribs in my freezer right now that I’ll be doing a repeat of this recipe soon.

06_08_Pickled Red Onions & Soft Boiled Egg

Pickled Red Onions – I’m officially addicted to these they are amazing, and I’m constantly remaking them and put them on anything and everything and nothing at all.

Soft Boiled Egg – You are probably thinking, soft boiled eggs Mitzie come on but see I was afraid to try them and now I’m kicking myself for never trying them myself.  They are so good, I’ve been making these and putting them on top leftovers, in soups and everything else I think they’d be good on.  I let my eggs sit out for 15-20 minutes before starting to boil the water, and I boiled them for a little over 5 minutes and perfect every time.

05_30_Turmeric prawns with kaffir lime leaves

Turmeric prawns with kaffir lime leaves – This recipe reminded me how much I love turmeric, it’s such a distinct flavor and may not be for everyone’s palate but mine sure adores it.  This dish was so spicy and flavorful but I think I used too many red chili peppers my eyes and nose wouldn’t stop running while eating it.

06_08_Mexican Chicken-Hominy Soup

Mexican Chicken-Hominy Soup – The soup base was pretty weak in flavor, but after adding some of the homemade blender salsa I made and some pickled red onions it was delicious.  I’ve made it a second time and just kicked up the broth a bit and it was incredible will be making again many times this fall and winter.

06_09_Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread – Safeway gave me free bananas and I honestly hate eating bananas but I got them anyway because they were free and I knew I could possibly make banana bread or muffins.  It was my first time baking something from scratch after 10+ years or avoiding baking and it was a big success, very enjoyable and perfect quick weekday breakfast.

06_14_Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs – This is probably my favorite brunch recipe.  I’ve made it with Spanish chorizo, green onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper and they were delicious, though the cook time needed to be longer than 10 minutes because the whites weren’t cooked all the way through.  Each time I make it I mix it up with whatever I have in the fridge crack two eggs on top and in a little over 10 minutes my mouth is in heaven.

06_15_Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup

Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup – Another mouthwatering soup.  This was lovely; I added some chicken, spinach and extra Thai red chilies it was a more flavorful tom ka gai.  The leftovers were incredible as well and this will definitely make it on my fall and winter soup rotation.

07_23_crispy asian drumsticks

Crispy Asian Drumsticks – Hands down one of the best chicken dishes I made in a long time.  Will be baking more chicken like this; using thighs because I love thighs more.  The chicken was crispy yet not greasy and tasted like fried chicken to me.

07_24_Blueberry Lemon Bread

Blueberry Lemon Bread – My second baking attempt and yes another bread.  Blueberries and lemons area beautiful combination.  This too was a perfect and quick weekday breakfast.

07_25_Pasta with Bacon, Jalapenos, Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions and a Fried Egg

Pasta with Bacon, Jalapenos, Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions and a Fried Egg – So many components to this dish but each was necessary and made it what it is.  The combination of everything was like a party in my mouth can’t wait to make it again.

08_16_Garlicky Goat Cheese Grits

Garlicky Goat Cheese Grits – I think I used more garlic then the recipe called for because I LOVE garlic and I didn’t regret that one bit.  They were good but a little on the thick side and I couldn’t thin them out but they worked, I served them with some shrimp, blistered cherry tomatoes, jalapenos and a fried egg the leftovers were just as tasty.

Writing this post worked last night I finally tried a new recipe and it felt good and tasted good as well!

It’s not a homeless life for me

I thought I’d share some of my most recent San Diego observations:

  • Everyone likes to back in to park but not everyone is an expert at it.
  • Males wear 10x more cologne than females wear perfume.
  • Guys don’t care if you’re fat if you have boobs they will flirt with your boobs not necessarily your face.
  • There is always room for ice cream it’s a requirement to keep cool.
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  • Hillcrest has delicious brunches.
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  • Cupcakes are sent from heaven.
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  • Mexican food is essential to stay alive in San Diego.
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  • It’s pretty creepy when doves cry.
  • Jeans are the bane of my existence, sweaty knees suck.
  • San Diego is lacking a Slurpee delivery service. Scratch that my father is the best Slurpee delivery service ever.
  • The homeless in San Diego have some of the best signs ever.
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  • San Diego spells country KSON.
  • Animal Planets “Finding Bigfoot” marathons are painful to watch. If they’ve had ‘sightings’ why hasn’t one been caught or at least remains of one found?  Why oh why does my father love this show.
  • San Diego’s airport Terminal 1 is old and the bathroom are disgusting Alaska Airlines please make them clean it up, the recent remodel did nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig and bring back Rubio’s.
  • San Diego water filtered through a Brita filter taste nothing like Seattle water filtered through a Brita filter.
  • Chorizo corn-dogs are the shit.
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  • Google image search has nothing on what Cellulitis actually looks like in real life, this is yet something else my mother has.

Pink Macaroons and A Million Balloons and Performing Baboons

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So in case you weren’t aware or didn’t see my post on Facebook  this morning today is National Macaroon Day since I prefer the French Macaron with just one “o” to the coconut macaroon with two “o’s”  I decided I’d celebrate with French Macarons instead of the shredded coconut Macaroon’s because shredded coconut in my mouth is a bad idea.

Before meeting Ashley for brunch at Macrina Bakery & Café I stopped in at Bakery Nouveau and picked up four macarons for us to split: mint, peanut butter & jelly, salted caramel and blueberry, more on these later.  Macrina Bakery had chocolate coconut macaroons so Ashely and I ordered one to split because it was National Macaroon Day after all and upon splitting it and trying it, it was reconfirmed I’m not a fan of the texture of shredded coconut in my mouth it brings on a gag reflex, so I didn’t even eat my half but at least I tried it.

Our next stop was Le Fournil were I tried a raspberry and Ashley tried a chocolate, these were both of our least favorites, they tasted like they’d been sitting around in the fridge for a long while, I wasn’t a big fan.  Next up we headed to Honore Artisan Bakery where we both tried their hazelnut which tasted amazing and much better than Le Fournil.  After that we headed to Le Rêve Bakery where they only had two flavors to pick from vanilla and lemon, I chose lemon and Ashley chose the vanilla.  They were great, I really like the texture and the very fresh lemony flavor of mine, Ashley liked hers as well but it was after all just a plain vanilla macaron.

OK back to Bakery Nouveau’s see I meant to bring them in for brunch but left them in my car and with Ashley driving we had to wait to try them after all others were tasted and even after sitting in my car and the fillings melting they were both our favorites I had the mint and blueberry with the mint being my winner of the day.  Ashley had the peanut butter & jelly and salted caramel and she also agreed these were her favorites too.  Now on UFC fight nights I have a feeling I’ll be tasked with picking some up on my way over…

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Bakery Nouveau’s blueberry, peanut butter & jelly, salted caramel and mint macarons

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Le Fournil chocolate coconut macaroon

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Le Fournil chocolate and raspberry macarons

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Honore Artisan Bakery two hazelnut macaroons

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Le Rêve Bakery vanilla and lemon macarons

And in case you were wondering five French macarons and 1/4 macaroon is a lot of sugar for one person in one day.  🙂

I’ve been living so long with my pictures of you; That I almost believe that the pictures are all I can feel

I meant to post this back on the 2nd of January but it somehow got lost or I forgot I don’t know which.  But I wanted to show my top 20 most liked Instagram pictures of 2013, they were a nice mixture of my favorite things to photograph: food, sunsets, and water.

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My #1 photo, of course it’s a sunset.

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My #2 photo, oh surprise another sunset

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My #3 photo, oh look a man standing on water, heh

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My #4 photo, The Cleveland Dam in Vancouver, BC

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My #5 photo, my San Diego happy place the Imperial Beach Pier at sunset

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My #6 photo, one of my most favorite places ever Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

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My #7 photo, Art at the Ballard Locks

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My #8 photo, oh look cloud porn from Constellation Park

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My #9 photo, delicious blueberry scones from Shaughnessy Restaurant at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, BC

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My #10 photo, my favorite flowers Gerber daisies!

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My #11 photo, beautiful cherry blossoms!

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My #12 photo, a crane chillin’ on the sound at Constellation Park

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My #13 photo, another sunset with bonus surfers from the Imperial Beach Pier

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My #14 photo, money, money, money after a trip to Snoqualmie Casino

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My #15 photo, Foodporn at it’s finest, Mexican funnel cake from the Del Mar Fair, I mean San Diego Fair

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My #16 photo, Oh look it’s my San Diego happy place again the Imperial Beach Pier

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My #17 photo, playing with my fish eye lens at Jack Block Park

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My #18 photo, Lady Liberty in at Alki Beach

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My #19 photo, more foodporn, my favorite Cabo combo from Rubio’s

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My #20 photo, oh look more food, Grilled Pork & Eggroll noodle bowl from Saigon Bistro Cafe

 

Say hey, good lookin’ – what ya got cookin’?

Since I put myself on a ‘budget’ I’ve been forced to cook more and eat out less and I’ve had more success with new recipes this time than I have in the past and I’ve saved money…Go Me!

Some of my favorites have been:

Shrimp Satay: I forgot how much I like turmeric and this recipe thankfully reminded me.  I didn’t have any coconut cream so I just used some half-n-half.  I didn’t bother with the Thai peanut sauce just ate the shrimp with some whole wheat pasta.  It was rather tasty, a super simple yet very flavorful recipe to try, I highly recommend it.

Mac And Beer Cheese Soup: I didn’t change anything about this soup and it was delicious, warm and comforting like beer and mac and cheese should be.  When I reheated it I did it in a small saucepan on the stove and whisked in a little chicken stock each time and the leftovers were perfect.

Smashed Potatoes:  I wanted a simple side one night and this was my pick and a good pick it was.  I loved the crispiness on the outside and the softness on the inside of the potatoes.  I excluded the parsley because I’ve never been a fan of it and trust me it wasn’t missed.  A new fun recipe to change the way you make potatoes.

Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs:  The easiest way to make perfect chicken thighs.  The skin was super crispy and the chicken super moist.  I will definitely be making more chicken thighs like this in my near future.

Tom Yum Gai: I cheated with the lemongrass and used the stuff from the tube and trust me it worked just fine and I used ginger instead of galangal.  I was sad this only made two servings after it was gone I still wanted more.  A super simple yet packed with flavor soup, if you like Tom Yum from your favorite Thai place you’ll love this.

Pea and Pancetta Soup: A different twist on split pea and ham soup. Holy cow is this a fantastic soup.  I bought the mint but totally forgot to you use it and it wasn’t missed, the soup along is silky and full of flavor.  It took forever to blend the soup and reach my desired consistency but it was totally worth it.  If you like pea soups try this one.

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup:  This is fall in a soup.  When I read the recipe I was intrigued, the spices seemed more sweet than savory but I gave it a try anyway and so glad I did.  It was delicious.  The only thing I might do different and use my immersion blender once it’s cooked to make it a bit creamier consistency I failed at chopping the onion into even pieces.  If you are seeking a soup for Thanksgiving or maybe just a new fall soup give this one a try.

Dragon Noodles:  I’ve mentioned this one before but I seem to make it a few times a month when I want Asian for dinner but won’t allow myself to go out I make these and add some protein and extra veggies to make it a full meal deal.

A few new recipes I plan on trying in the upcoming weeks:
Corn & Cheddar Pudding:  Only because I have two bags of frozen corn in my freezer I don’t know what to do with and it also sounds kind of tasty.
Mixed mushroom spaghetti: Because I love mushrooms, it will be part of my meatless Monday menu.  Though I plan on using fresh thyme instead of dried tarragon because I think thyme goes better with mushrooms.
Pork Bulgogi:  Because after having Korean BBQ a while back I’ve been craving it so I figured I’ve be brave and give it a try.
Chicken Khao Soi: Because it reminds me of Seven Elements Soup from Wild Ginger which I love and miss from working downtown.  Plus it has turmeric in it.  Fingers crossed that it tastes as good as I imagine it to taste.

You can call me queen Bee

This post is brought to you by Pho, Whiskey, Skee Ball, Deviled Eggs, Lorde, Roar and Orange is the New Black

This past weekend will go down in the history books as one of the craziest funniest awesomest interesting weekends ever, for both Ashley and me.

Where do I begin…?

First off the night started with delicious Pho Ga from Pho Shizzle my nizzle!  Skip the calamari it was kind of chewy but the Pho was pretty tasty.

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Next up was the No Bull Saloon where within 15 minutes of being there intoxicated “Shane” fell backwards in his chair and put a hole the size of a grapefruit in the wall, which made his eyes roll back in his head.  Next thing we know there’s a yelling match almost fight taking place in the corner, crazy I tell you.  Paramedics were called to look at “Shane” but he refused to go with them and just drunkenly stumble his way around until he just disappeared.  Not to outshine “Shane” we have “Whiskey” who was a drunken dead zombie (his words not mine), cut off and passing out money.  He did ask me to marry him that night than get an annulment the next morning, I broke his heart and said no.  No sooner had “Whiskey” left than toothless drink “Adrian” came over to ‘party’ with him.  I’m not sure he was toothless and slurring his words.  We disappointed him by leaving I think he might have cried a little because he really didn’t want us to leave.

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After leaving the No Bull Saloon we headed down the road to Katie J’s which was lacking in excitement like the No Bull Saloon offered and the bartender was MIA they have 5 minutes and we were gone, thankfully or unthankfully she appeared but not before the drunk skeleton necklace man at the bar tried to engage us with conversation.  We got our beverages; mind you this is only our second drink of the night, and head over to the SKEE BALL machine!  We had so much fun playing Skee Ball embarrassed to admit it but the both of us broke a sweat.  It was about 10:30 at this time, yes so much fun and excitement so early in the night, and we headed back to Ashley’s for wine and a few episodes of Orange is the New Black.

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We woke up Saturday morning and decided to do brunch at Chance’s Pancake Corral about 5 minutes before heading out the door Ashley’s place lost power…duh…duh…duh.  We arrive at Chance’s Pancake Corral and were told it would be a 30 to 35 minute wait well that ended up being almost an hour the pancakes weren’t worth and hour wait but they were tasty.  We head back to Ashley’s to watch a few more episodes of Orange is the New Black before we begin the Deviled Egg Day train only to find out power is STILL out.  So we head downtown anyway and decide to check out the new SAM exhibit Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon, not that exciting but we were inside out of the elements and killed some time.  To kill more time I introduced Ashley to The Tasting Room in Post Alley where we each enjoyed a glass of wine before our deviled egg adventure.

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We walked up to The Whiskey Bar, which per their menu online had deviled eggs only to discover that menu was old and they no longer have them so we left and head to our next stop Local 360 where we had BACON deviled eggs!  They were delicious and ended up being my favorite of the day.  Next stop was Taste at SAM where we had deviled eggs with smoked paprika again these were delicious and more of a pure deviled egg than any of the other places.  These ended up being Ashley’s favorite.  After Taste we headed up to Sazerac for their Deviled Eggs with Smoked Ham, Jalapeño these were the ones I was most excited about trying and they were OK but way to mustardy for the two of us and that’s saying a lot considering I’ve been known to make 7 mustard deviled eggs.  After Sazerac’s we headed down to the Yard House to try their Deviled Eggs topped with spicy tomato sauce, sweet chili sauce & minced chives let’s just say that combination did not work at all plus they were so messy you kind of needed to use a fork and knife to eat them.  Out last stop and another one I was excited to try was Palomino for their Truffled Deviled Eggs these were by far the most disappointing of the day.  You could tell they were premade and stuck in a fridge until someone ordered them.  They were small and sad and blah, don’t bother with them.  After that it was back to Ashley’s for more wine and Orange is the New Black.

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Sunday we woke up and were trying to figure out where to go for brunch and decided to do the Salish Lodge and boy was that a good decision.  It was a drive but well worth it.  We were smart and made reservations before we left and were seated right away at a nice window table.  We shared the biscuits and honey from heaven which was pretty much to die for delicious!  Since Sunday was National Sandwich Day I went with the classic Croque Madame which was rich and delicious and served in this cute little skillet.  After brunch we walked over to grab a quick picture of Snoqualmie Falls than headed back home to finish up the last of Orange is the New Black.  We watched them all and now I’m sad we have no more until sometime in 2014.

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And that is what makes for an awesome weekend, great friend, good food, entertaining bars and good TV.

Summertime And The Livin’s Easy

There’s so much food and beer to try and some other cool things to do this summer and I can’t wait. Who wants to go eating and drinking with me?

Festival Dates
From/To
Taste of Tacoma 28-Jun 30-Jun
Seattle Pridefest 30-Jun
Seattle International Beerfest 5-Jul 7-Jul
Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki 6-Jul
Wooden O summer Shakespeare 11-Jul 11-Aug
West Seattle Summer Fest 12-Jul 14-Jul
Shakespeare in the Park 12-Jul 17-Aug
Ballard SeafoodFest 13-Jul 14-Jul
Seattle Chinatown-International District Dragon Fest  13-Jul 14-Jul
Bremerton Summer BrewFest 13-Jul
Bite of Seattle 19-Jul 21-Jul
Sequim Lavender Festival 19-Jul 21-Jul
Alki Art Fair 20-Jul 21-Jul
Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair 26-Jul 28-Jul
Olympia Summer Brewfest 3-Aug
A Taste of Edmonds 9-Aug 11-Aug
Everett Craft Beer Festival  17-Aug
Evergreen State Fair 22-Aug 2-Sep
Chehalis Garlic Festival 23-Aug 25-Aug
Bremerton Blackberry Festival 31-Aug 2-Sep
Puyallup Fair 6-Sep 22-Sep
St. Demetrios Greek Festival 13-Sep 15-Sep
Fremont Oktoberfest 20-Sep 22-Sep
Northwest Chocolate Festival 20-Sep 22-Sep
Everett Sausage Festival 4-Oct 6-Oct
Anacortes Oktoberfest: Bier on the Pier 5-Oct 6-Oct
Cashmere Apple Days 5-Oct 6-Oct
Northwest Tea Festival 5-Oct 6-Oct
Oysterfest 5-Oct 6-Oct
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival 11-Oct 13-Oct

The craziest thing is this is only like a fourth maybe a third of the festival type stuff that’s going on this summer.