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Top 5 Goon Eats for Summer

#1 – Corn

You would be surprised how much corn has already been consumed in our house this summer.  Our goons like to go after 2-3 ears straight up from the cob.  Just boil the corn for three minutes and slather it in seracha mayo. Redic.

#2 – Maters

The garden is busting at the seams with perfect maters this time of year. Sungolds, Cherokee Purples, Ramapos, Pineapples.  We have them on everything – bagels with cream cheese topped with a slice of mater, mater sandwiches, mater salads…You get the point.

#3 – Pizza

Can someone please tell me why pizza tastes so good when it’s so hot out?  It’s too warm for us to make our own pies, so we’ve been all over the pizzas at Vace and Sorriso.  I’m not sure if it’s the humidity, but their dough rocks right now.

#4 – Gruner

When it’s August in DC, there’s nothing like an Under Armour t-shirt, a box fan, and a cold glass of Gruner on a Friday night. Seriously. Try it.

#5 – Anything from the grill

It’s way too hot to cook in doors.  We have been gooning out on burgers, tri-tip, sirloin, chicken thighs, and fresh veggies.  Oh-so-Paleo (except for the burgers).



Better off Red

In preparing to entertain goons, it is imperative to have enough hooch on hand.  I shop strategically so that I am stocked up on a mix of reasonably priced wines to quench both the highly refined and non-discerning palates.

One of our beloved goons has been known to wash his food down with *several* bottles of wine.  He drinks it down his gullet it like Welsh’s grape juice.  I cannot stress the importance of being prepared for such a scenario.  We recently witnessed him drink another couple out of house and home, which included several expensive “keeper” bottles, some of which were wedding gifts.  We have learned from experience that it’s best to decant the cheap stuff, and tell him that it’s a Chateauneuf du Pape.  A true goon would be happy drinking sawdust, and would not know the difference.

Here are my top three recent goon-approved red wine purchases from Trader Joe’s.  These are slightly more expensive than “2 Buck Chuck”, but surprisingly drinkable.  Stock up on a case (or 2)!

$5.99 Bordeaux and $4.99 Nero d'Avola

$10.99 - Trader Joe's 2008 Reserve Cab