I’ve been getting a little sucked in to other people’s summer vacations. As I write this, someone is Instagramming either a lobster roll, a beach photo, or a big fat ice cream cone against a scenic backdrop.
When I look at these photos, I crave these experiences for myself. If only I could drop everything and drive to that lobster shack (no traffic, please!), sit on the beach and finish off the day at a wooden picnic table with a mound of ice cream piled impractically high on a sugar cone.
It wouldn’t be impossible, but the summer fantasy I’m describing would require a lot of good fortune from the weather—not to mention, a pile of cash and paper napkins to keep me fed and clean. It’d have to be a special occasion.
Luckily, there are ways to savor summer, even when we’re not celebrating special occasions. Sometimes we just need to stay put, so instead of taking you to the lobster shack, I’m going to share a recipe for a summer fish chowder with sweet corn on the cob. You can make it at home and allow its flavors to transport you to the summer fantasy of your choosing. Or, because it holds up so well, you can pack it in a thermos and eat it at the park, or the playground, or your favorite picnic spot….