Seasonal Sundays (Week 24) Early June

Hello-hello on a lovely summer morning where I imagine you with a cup of coffee, happy it's still the weekend (who else has been mixed up on the days all week???) and ready for a little recipe inspiration, summer-y chicken salads plus lemonades to keep you hydrated and happy plus my first take with summer blueberries which are so-so-so good this year, I haven't even baked blueberry muffins yet! Plus the motley collection of recipes that strike me as "just right" for now, early June.

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Many thanks to all who wrote in appreciation of last week's wail of grief and fury. In this, we are not alone.

One line of Amanda Gorman's Hymn for the Hurting haunts me. "May we not just ache, but act." (See last week for the full poem.)

Early in the year, my Word of the Year also resonated.

Just that one word "Enough" has many meanings – but when it comes to grocery store, school, church, hospital, family funeral and *&*^&& and one-more just-another everyday mass killing in America, it's Enough! Enough!! Dammit, Enough!!! Weapons of WAR are being used against our own people.

"If more guns made us safer, we'd be the safest country on earth." ~ Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Damn straight. And that's from a family who supports gun ownership for hunting, personal protection and even sport shooting; where special guns are passed on from generation to generation; and from someone who was gifted her grandfather's pistol on her first Christmas.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: A gray tree frog, a frequent surprise when we open the gate at our favorite hideaway in the far northern reaches of the Ozarks. He hangs out beneath the flap of rubber that protects the padlock from rain and comes back year after year. We try not to surprise him but honestly, he's pretty implacable.

And this week a baby tree frog popped his head out of the watering can here at home – after I'd filled it and emptied it! We were also surprised by a blue-tailed skink and – YIKES – a four-foot snake skin left behind just outside the garden shed.

Made Me Think ...

  • Agnotology: the Cultural Production of Ignorance The same playbook used by the gun lobby, the tobacco producers, the fossil fuel industry and more.
  • The Greatest Life Hacks from David Brooks at NYT, no paywall, the comments are extra good. Life advice!
  • "This world. I am without words. Or slogans. Or clarity. So I water the garden. Hold my mate's hand. Break open my heart even wider for my sons. All sons. All daughters. I paint. Creating feels like an act of hope, as small as it is. To try and make something beautiful in the face of crushing ugliness and grief. This is what is inside of me." ~ words and the accompanying A Box of Rain painting from my friend Karri who blogs at Gluten-Free Goddess Recipes.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Everything Bagel Breakfast Salad, another easy healthy summer breakfast ♥ A Veggie Venture. High Protein. Low Carb. Easy Weekday Breakfast. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.
  • THE RECIPE Everything Bagel Breakfast Salad
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW Start the day with a salad and all just goes better? Yep, I'm going with that. This week, I added a steamed egg, the first day warm and oozing with yolk from the pot and after that, perfectly hard-cooked, no green ring, no sticky shells.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Favorite Summer Salad recipes ♥, a huge super-organized collection of healthy salads for quick lunches, salad suppers, potlucks and parties.
  • THE COLLECTION Favorite Summer Salad Recipes From sides to suppers, make-ahead to eat-it-now, simple to sumptuous, all special for summer.

  • FYI to RSS READERS After a huge update, I republished this collection of summer salads a couple of weeks back. It went out fine to email readers but dang, not to those who follow Kitchen Parade via RSS. Here's your notification!

Just Updated!

Simple Egg Salad ♥, classic with a twist, perfect for make-ahead sandwiches.

Buttermilk Garlic Ranch Salad Dressing, another healthy homemade dressing ♥

Kitchen Parade's June Favorites

Juicy Pork Chops ♥, my favorite brine for pork chops, adding moisture and flavor to pork that's bred, these days, for leanness.

Rhubarb Cake ♥, simple, rustic rhubarb cake, less sweet to really taste rhubarb's 'sour'.
  • THE RECIPE Rhubarb Cake Simple and rustic, less sweet to taste rhubarb's wonderful "sour".
  • ANOTHER TAKE Rhubarb Muffins Whole grain, less sweet.

Finnish Summer Soup aka Kesäkeitto ♥, perfect new summer vegetables suspended in a milky broth, make it all summer long.

A Veggie Venture's June Favorites

Best Ever New Potatoes & Green Beans, a classic summer combo ♥ Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Budget Friendly. Gluten Free. Rave Reviews.

Feta-Stuffed Zucchini ♥, easy but impressive.

Summer Hydration

Cucumber Lemonade ♥, simple and refreshing for summer.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Lemonade ♥, how to make real lemonade using the oil from the lemon peel for extra zesty flavor.

How to Sweeten Lemonade with Fruit Not Sugar, summer experiments with ♥ using pineapple, watermelon and more.

Everybody Loves Chicken Salad ...

Chicken Salad for Sandwiches ♥, simple, fresh, useful. WW Friendly. High Protein.

Chicken Greek Salad ♥, it's a Greek salad with chicken, extra easy with a rotisserie chicken.

Mexican Chicken Salad, another Quick Supper ♥, just rotisserie chicken tossed with lime-yogurt vinaigrette, black beans, jicama, corn and tomato.


Cornmeal Pancakes with Warm Blueberries ♥, a simple but sumptous combination, special for breakfast or supper.

Pickled Beet Salad with Fresh Blueberries & Mint, another quick and easy summer salad ♥, totally fresh and summery! Quick. Vegan. Low Carb. Gluten Free. WW Friendly.

Summer's Best Melon Ball & Blueberry Salad, another Summer Easy recipe ♥ Beautiful Color. Great for Potlucks & Light Weeknight Meals. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Blueberry Recipes, sweet to savory ♥

Vegetable of the Month: Green Beans!

Chilled Green Bean Salad with Rosemary & Garlic Oil, another healthy summer salad ♥ Vegan. Low Carb. WW Friendly.

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Sautéed Broccoli Slaw, another super simple vegetable ♥ Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Fresh & Adaptable.

Snack Before Supper

Tuna & White Bean Dip ♥, a real crowd pleaser. Low Carb. High Protein. Naturally Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly!

Summer Easy: Less Cookin', More Livin'.

More than a decade ago, I started collecting a certain style of summer dishes that espouse my summer motto, Less Cookin', More Livin'. These are Kitchen Parade's most simple, most fresh, most memorable and most summery recipes, all in one place. I hope you love 'em all! See Easy Summer Recipes!

Easy-Easy Roasted Zucchini, another simple summer vegetable ♥ WW Friendly. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Budget Friendly.

Good to Know

The Miracle of Squash Blossoms ♥

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Fried Egg Quesadillas, another easy summer breakfast ♥ Just Three Ingredients. Budget Friendly. High Protein.

Thinking Ahead

Some of us plan meals a day or two ahead – or reality, right? even an hour or two ahead. But for those who start planning for Easter in February and Christmas in September, this list's for you. Start here!

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Asian Greens ♥, a simple way to cook fresh greens with Asian-style flavors.
  • THE RECIPE Asian Greens How to cook leafy greens with Asian-style taste.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Jubilee Greens How to sauté leafy greens like spinach, chard, kale & more.

Meal Prep

Homemade Bread & Butter Pickles ♥, no canning required, great for sandwiches and charcuterie boards.

Summer = Simple Smoothie Season

Beet Smoothies, more healthy vegetable smoothies ♥

This Week's Summer Salad

Turns out, I've been turning out one one summer salad after another since the beginning, almost twenty years ago now. No wonder that Favorite Summer Salad Recipes will keep all of us (me included!) inspired all summer long. Here's a sample.

Cauliflower 'Potato' Salad, another low-carb salad ♥

This Week's Soup

Sweet-Corn Soup with Shrimp ♥, familiar ingredients combined into something unusual and surprising. Serve chilled in summer, warm in the spring. Fresh & Seasonal. High Protein.

Finnish Food

Finnish Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake ♥, layers of sponge cake, fluffy whipped cream and strawberries, a real celebration cake.

Mexican Food

Jicama-Mango Salsa with Chipotle, another summer appetizer ♥, more smoky than spicy. Super Low Cal. WW Friendly. Raw. Vegan. Whole30. Gluten Free.

Most Useful Recipes, Just One Per Year

When a blogger loves every single one of her published recipes, how in the world does she pick just one favorite? It's stunning, honestly, how each year one Kitchen Parade recipe stands out from all the others that year for sheer usefulness. So that's why I created this collection of best recipes, just one per year, Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade. Here's a sample.

Our Daily Bread: My Easy Everyday Bread Recipe ♥, the one I make again and again, every few days. It's an easy bread to make often, to fit into small spaces of your cooking life.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on highlighting "usefulness". To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. You'll want to dig into this collection, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years.

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

Mint Julep Pork Chops ♥, skillet-cooked pork chops with a wonderful bourbon-mint sauce.

Sweet Potato Wedges with Rosemary & Lime Juice ♥, fresh and light for summer.

Soups & Salads Especially for June

Tired of the same-old salads? Check out Seasonal Soups & Salads for June, a monthly feature ♥ A Veggie Venture

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Coconut Cream Pie ♥, how to move grown men to silence. Super fast to make.


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Afghan Chicken & Rice Casserole ♥, rotisserie chicken, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, great for feeding a crowd. Budget Friendly. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. High Protein.

How to Cook Artichokes in the Microwave, another easy vegetable how-to ♥, dead easy, dead delicious. Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole30 Friendly. Vegan. Low Fat. Gluten Free.

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. When you make my recipes, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below or better still, on the specific recipe's page.

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