Here’s Some Of What I Liked In August. What Rang Your Bell?

Yup, August has come and gone. And in a few blinks of an eye, 2023 will have arrived. Zoom! I tell you, there’s no doubt that time flies at accelerating rates the older we get. And being genuinely old, I ain’t happy about that. To say the least. I don’t know how many grains of sand remain in the upper part of my hourglass. But, whatever the number, a shitload more would suit me just fine.

Anyway, there’s nothing I can do about it. So, to steer my mind away from the above paragraph’s depressing direction, let me mention some things that brought a smile to my crinkled face during the month that waved goodbye to us a handful of days ago.

First up are peaches and corn on the cob, without which life wouldn’t be as sweet. It being summer here in the USA, the harvesting season for those fine forms of produce, my wife Sandy and I would have been fools not to indulge in them during August.

I’ve loved peaches for nearly all of my life. I think, though, that their deliciousness began to make truly deep impressions upon me somewhere in my 40s. Man, what a treat it is to bite into a peach. A good peach, that is, not one of the mealy ones that have become more commonplace in recent years. Such beautiful flavor, as luxurious as you could hope for. And a texture, in the happy zone between soft and firm, that was made to seduce. I had some real good peaches in August. And tossed aside a couple of very sub-par examples too. You win some, you lose some. In any case, the peach season in the States hasn’t all that much longer to go, a damn shame.

Likewise, fresh corn’s availability already has peaked. Last month, getting while the getting was good, Sandy and I chomped down on boiled ears of corn at dinnertime three or four times. We gave them a thumbs-up. Helpful public servant that I am, I’d like to give you a tip for dressing corn on the cob: Peel back the paper a bit on a stick of butter, then rub the exposed butter all over the corn while twirling the cob. This method is much better than attempting to place pats of butter on the corn with a knife. Those pats, as we know, usually end up skidding all over the f*cking place. I’ve already accepted your thanks in advance!

Now it’s time to talk about television series, a media format that has pleased the hell out of me since the start of the pandemic. Hungry for entertainment, I began watching series in earnest at that time, something I hadn’t done in years. Sandy has been my viewing companion. And, even though Covid’s roar has lessened, we haven’t slackened our pace, for during August we devoured two limited series (We Own This City and the scripted version of The Staircase, not the documentary by that name) and one season each of multi-season productions (Capitani and Never Have I Ever). The first three that I mentioned are very much worth watching, but they are grim. Ergo, I’ll limit my commentary to the sole smile-inducing series among August’s fare.

Never Have I Ever, a thoughtful comedy on Netflix, tells the tale of Devi Vishwakumar, an Indian-American public high school student in California. Devi, smart as a whip but fairly low in the self-confidence department, isn’t one of the cool, popular girls at school. She has a loving family, fortunately, and several trusted, loyal girlfriends. Thus, her situation overall is quite decent, despite the cruel fact that the death of her father, during her freshman year, was a blow that tests her mightily.

There have been three seasons of Never Have I Ever so far. Sandy and I have watched them all, polishing off the latest run in August. During season three’s ten episodes, Devi loses a boyfriend, attempts to land a new beau, contemplates losing her virginity, and completes her junior year of high school with top grades. And her pals are no slouches in the busy-lives department either. Wow! There’s a lot going on in this show. Cleverly too, partly because of the sarcastic, sometimes-exasperated voice-over narration by, if you can believe it, John McEnroe. He’s the former tennis champ who was known for his verbal outbursts on the court as much as for the beauty of his game. McEnroe does a great job, adding volleys of whams and bams to a coming-of-age story that’s handled with insight and care.

With that, I’ll toss a tennis ball into your half of the court. What rang your bell last month, food-wise, entertainment-wise, nature-wise, anything-at-all-wise?

151 thoughts on “Here’s Some Of What I Liked In August. What Rang Your Bell?

  1. Audrey Driscoll September 6, 2022 / 12:47 am

    We’re still enjoying corn and peaches here in British Columbia. You’re right about the way to butter corn, even though it’s probably frowned upon in etiquette circles.

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  2. Lynette d'Arty-Cross September 6, 2022 / 1:02 am

    I am also in British Columbia and we have also been devouring peaches (I love the white ones) and corn. So, so good. Thanks for the series suggestions. I remember when you mentioned The Kominsky Method; M and I really enjoyed it.

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  3. Sheree September 6, 2022 / 2:53 am

    You can’t beat seasonal fresh produce, particularly soft fruits.

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      • Sheree September 6, 2022 / 5:29 pm

        Apricot tart, apricot jam, stewed apricots, fresh apricots, lamb with apricots…….I could go on, but I won’t

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  4. BookerTalk September 6, 2022 / 3:45 am

    We’ve had mixed experiences with the peaches here in the U.K. some have been juicy but not sweet. It’s the way most fruit seems to be going now that is increasingly grown in poly tunnels

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:16 pm

      Peaches seem to be hit or miss. And sometimes in between — the peach I had yesterday tasted good, but its texture was off.

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  5. Paddy Tobin September 6, 2022 / 3:51 am

    The range of fruit which is easily cultivated in ireland is limited – strawberries early in the year, apples later. So, we rely on what is available in the supermarkets and these locations are the death of taste in fruit. Foreign fruit, for our supermarkets, is harvested ahead of being ripe so that there is time for it to travel and lay on shelves in the shops for a few days until it is bought. The result is the fruit we buy is always immature, always short of being ripe, and never of the same quality of a freshly picked ripe fruit. Home-grown tomatoes, vegetables, soft fruit (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrans), apples and plums show just how superior the fruit which has ripened naturally is. You are fortunate to be able to source good quality peaches and corn – it doesn’t happen here.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:19 pm

      I often find the same thing here in Pennsylvania — that is, many fruits (pears, peaches and others) grown in the USA are picked way before they are ripe. Sometimes they ripen properly at home, at other times not.

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  6. swabby429 September 6, 2022 / 4:53 am

    Unfortunately, the local drought has stunted the sweet corn crops. Thankfully, one of the neighbors religiously waters his fruit trees. He gifted me two dozen luscious peaches. They are like manna from heaven.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:30 pm

      Worldwide, bad weather conditions have harmed crops more than usual this year, I think. As if there wasn’t already enough to worry about.

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  7. Basia Korzeniowska September 6, 2022 / 5:13 am

    Corn on the cob is lovely especially roasted on the barbecue or even in the oven. But I like my peaches out of a tin. Fresh ones can only be savoured in the bath. All that juice running down my hands and face drives me mad. Same with mangoes and oranges. I used to work in a school where one of the teachers used to kindly peel an orange for herself and then pass me the segments. That was bliss. I tend not to eat fruit unless someone else prepares it. No one in my family will!

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  8. vprofy September 6, 2022 / 7:45 am

    Don’t know anything about your TV series but corn and peaches, yes. Plenty of both this past month. Our first choice peach orchard, Manoff’s in Solebury township will have a new variety this week. If the corn is sweet I don’t even use butter. But the best for me is the large mixing bowl of figs from the tree in my garden. First year we’ve had so many.

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  9. Deb September 6, 2022 / 8:20 am

    I tend to be a nectarine person more than a peach enthusiast- the fuzz bothers me. I like early season corn and did have a few ears here and there with that drippy butter! Just finished watching The Sandman on Netflix. I found it very entertaining in a macabre sort of way. Here’s to a delightful autumn Neil!

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    • vprofy September 6, 2022 / 8:40 am

      Bought nectarines last purchase. Used some in salad, lettuce, red onions, pecans, sliced nectarines or peaches. Dressing included processed nectarine. Tasty.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:40 pm

      Hey there, Deb. I’m definitely looking forward to autumn. This has been a way-too-hot summer. And thanks for the recommendation. I’ll look into The Sandman.

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  10. Dave September 6, 2022 / 8:55 am

    Raised on peach pie, the fruit has only ever appealed to me as a dessert – go figure. On the other hand, boiled corn is one I cannot get enough of, especially compared to the more convenient packaged kernels. Finally, I almost dismissed your Never Have I Ever review until you mentioned John McEnroe. Whoa, now where did THAT come from? If he’s anything like his live commentating, the narration alone should make the show entertaining enough to watch.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:42 pm

      McEnroe is a gas as the narrator for this series. Whoever decided to hire him for the job had a brilliant idea.

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  11. Debra September 6, 2022 / 9:03 am

    There’s nothing like a good, fresh Jersey tomato. I used to be a Jersey tomato myself. :-}

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  12. Anonymous September 6, 2022 / 9:38 am

    I also love peaches and fresh corn on cob. I got fantastic peaches at Aldi and 3 times 10 for $2 fantastic corn on cob at Giant. That is why l dropped you the Giant flyer at your door.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:45 pm

      Hi, Joyce. Sandy and I had corn last night. I bought it at Giant. Twenty cents per ear is a bargain!

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  13. Pazlo September 6, 2022 / 10:24 am

    August 27th was Family Farm Day here in Schoharie County, and I spent the day at daughter’s farm. Corn is the star on this day, and I made griddle fritters to sample (cornmeal pancakes with whole fresh-cut kernel corn). We served a new dish called Mexican Street Corn, a unique combination of a salsa and a dip, with corn, sour cream, lime and chili powder. By far the most popular is the roasted corn. The recipe could not be simpler:
    Soak whole corn in its husk for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer is better, up to 2 hours). Shake off the excess water and remove any single leaves that stick out too much but leave as much husk as possible. I remove most of the silk, and lay them on the full flames of the grill. Turn them occasionally as the husk starts to brown and blacken. Elapsed time is probably 20 minutes to half an hour or so. I leave them on until the outside of the husk is thoroughly blackened and suppressing the fires becomes impossible. To serve, I remove all the char and most of the husk until there remains only one or two thin, delicate leaves separating you from the mouth-watering goodness.
    You can drench this in butter or add salt or brush with Mexican Street Corn, but most folks stand beside the grill and eat the corn just the way it’s handed to them.
    From the field to the grill to your mouth. Doesn’t get any fresher than that!

    Take care,

    Paz

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:47 pm

      Paz, you have made me very, very hungry. The corn dishes you describe sound fantastic. I could go for all of them right now.

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  14. Misti September 6, 2022 / 11:07 am

    I just finished Uncoupled on Netflix with Neil Patrick Harris. It was really good–maybe think of it as a gay Sex and the City? Trade writing for real estate for the career but similar vibes. I also really loved the new A League of Their Own on Amazon Prime. From the library I borrowed Atlantic Crossing, about Princess Martha of Norway and her family’s escape from Nazi occupied Norway and their interactions with FDR. Somewhat likeable but not as much as Atlantic Crossing and also from the library was Belgravia. I’m also a Better Call Saul fan and if you haven’t watched that series, do go watch! Maybe watch Breaking Bad first, though.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:51 pm

      Hi, Misti. I’ve never seen Breaking Bad or Saul. I know that both are great, but the high number of episodes deters me from watching those shows. Ditto for The Wire. But one day I might. I think there’s a pretty good chance, though, that my wife and I will watch Uncoupled and A League. Thanks very much for the recommendations.

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  15. eden baylee September 6, 2022 / 11:13 am

    Local Ontario peaches and Ontario corn! – both amazing. A friend brought me a 3L box of them yesterday. They’re the freestone ones, so amazing and sweet. I made peach ice cream as well, since I can’t find a company that does it commercially.

    My marigolds and Zinnia and garden still look great. Butterflies are coming back. As September returns, it’s cooled down, but still a sunny blue sky day today, so all good! Have a great week, Neil!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 12:54 pm

      Hey, Eden. I’m glad to hear that butterflies are returning to your region. I can’t say the same for greater Philly. I’ve seen very few this year. Something bad environmentally must be going on to have reduced their numbers.

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  16. Cristina Crawford September 6, 2022 / 12:44 pm

    I’m so weird when it comes to fruit…love peach pie but don’t like eating a peach. Don’t like apple juice but apple pie is fine. Can’t stomach ripe bananas but will happily eat banana bread…and so on. And yes…Love, LOVE corn on the cob slathered with butter and fresh cracked pepper. As far as entertainment goes; we’ve been watching For All Mankind on Apple+ A science fiction alternative timeline about going to the moon and since we are in Florida and can see Kennedy Space Center launches from our patio we are waiting with bated breath for Artemis 1 to launch.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 3:23 pm

      Afternoon, Cristina. Being able to see the launches is really something. I hope the scientists and engineers correct the problems correctly, so that Artemis can be launched pretty soon.

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  17. Paul September 6, 2022 / 12:59 pm

    We’ve taken to doing corn on the grill. Butter it, put it on the grill and add just a little salt after removing it. We do peaches on the grill also. Great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Peppers, sweet and spicy on the grill are also great options as a side dish.
    In August we watched, The Old Man with Jeff Bridges. Dopesick and Under the Banner of Heaven were good but very dark and depressing. More on the upbeat side was the second season of The Flight Attendant.
    My literary bell was rung reading William Least Heat Moon’s O America, a kind of fictional take off of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Also started on The 1619 Project.
    Great post. Thank you for sharing.
    Paul

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 3:28 pm

      Paul, thanks for your input. Grilled peaches sound great. Not sure if I ever had them. And thanks also for the various TV and book recommendations. Do you like William Faulkner’s writing? Today I finished reading The Reivers, which is his final novel. It’s very accessible, unlike many of his books. I liked it a lot. It’s a long-winded but fascinating yarn.

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  18. Jacqui Murray September 6, 2022 / 1:04 pm

    As always, you are the most entertaining guy I know from Philadelphia. “how many grains of sand remain in the upper part of my hourglass.” Never thought of it that way. For me, less is fine. The world is such a challenge at times! But that comment about fresh corn’s availability. My sister just sent me a picture of the corn from her garden. Big yellow, full ears! Why can’t I be there?

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  19. JT Twissel September 6, 2022 / 1:06 pm

    Peaches are definitely the highlight of August! I just bought some at the Farmer’s Market and when I asked the farmer what they tasted like he said “heaven” and I couldn’t disagree!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 3:33 pm

      You know, as far as I know there are no farmer’s markets within 15 miles of where I live. There are 80,000,000 stores/strip malls/etc., but no farmer’s markets. I wish there were.

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      • JT Twissel September 6, 2022 / 3:45 pm

        Farmer’s Markets are huge here but then they can run all year long. Although in the middle of winter it’s slim pickings.

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  20. Rosaliene Bacchus September 6, 2022 / 2:22 pm

    August has come and gone so fast that I truly cannot say what rang my bell, outside the usual. I totally agree with you when it comes to time flying “at accelerating rates the older we get.” Since moving to the USA, I’ve come to enjoy peaches. I used to enjoyed eating corn on the cob until I learned about all the toxins that go into their creation and cultivation. I haven’t watched any of the TV series that you’ve mentioned. I prefer the limited series. That way, I don’t get trapped in binge-watching a series late into the early morning 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 3:36 pm

      Yeah, I prefer limited series too. But I guess I’ve also watched a fair number of series with multiple seasons and loads of episodes (such as Ozark).

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  21. sniderjerry September 6, 2022 / 2:59 pm

    Hey there Neil, About that peach, the doctor told me to eat more of them. He said I needed some “Peach and Quiet” Hang tough. Jerry

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  22. Ann Coleman September 6, 2022 / 3:06 pm

    Although I’m sad to see Summer ending, what I like best about August is the harvest: delicious peaches, corn, tomatoes, etc. You’re right, few things are better than a really good peach!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 4:54 pm

      Hi. I’m looking forward to pear season. I guess that American-grown pears will be available within the next few weeks or so. In somewhat recent years, pears have become one of my favorite fruits, especially the Bartlett variety. Thanks for stopping by, Ann. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  23. June’s Travels September 6, 2022 / 3:51 pm

    I had the best and the most peaches in Missouri this year!! Possible because of the hot summer of 2022. I love peaches and fresh corns on the cobs!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 4:55 pm

      Hi, June. Thanks for adding your thoughts. Do you like nectarines? I bought one today, the first time I’ve bought one in quite a few years.

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      • June’s Travels September 6, 2022 / 5:47 pm

        I am ok with the nectarines. Actually I haven’t eaten them for a few years too. My favorite is the yellow peach🍑!

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  24. kegarland September 6, 2022 / 4:26 pm

    Neil, we were in PA a couple weeks ago, and our daughter took us to some fancy ice cream place, where they had buttered popcorn flavored ice cream. I didn’t try it, but the kids thought it was the best ❤ I'll have to ask where it was.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 5:27 pm

      Hi. I’ve never seen that flavor of ice cream. Ice cream makers have become very creative and experimental over the years. Ditto for beer brewers.

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      • kegarland September 6, 2022 / 6:19 pm

        Gah! I meant hot buttered corn…but yes, you’re so right about the creativity.

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  25. selizabryangmailcom September 6, 2022 / 5:22 pm

    Peaches! Love them. They go in our oatmeal every day, spicing up an otherwise very boring breakfast, haha.
    That series sounds fun and enlightening.
    We’ve been watching Reservation Dogs, about native Americans, a dramedy.
    It’s really nice to see so many different shows cropping up about different peoples. Dark Winds was another good native American one–sort of a cop show/mystery/thriller.

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  26. Cindy September 6, 2022 / 5:53 pm

    Ah, yes—peaches and corn! I’m not a fan of summer weather, but I do love its produce. These are a few of my favorite things: white donut peaches (luscious!); watermelon; Sun Gold cherry tomatoes; and best of all, local strawberries, blueberries, or black raspberries topped off with massive clouds of Reddi-Wip, a rediscovered childhood treat!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 7:11 pm

      I remember that you told us about Reddi-Wip a month or two ago when we were out together. It’s a golden oldie!

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  27. Paula B September 6, 2022 / 6:56 pm

    We were fascinated by “We Own This City” but also reached back in time just a few years and watched an excellent British detective series called “Unforgotten,” which spun us out into “Last Tango in Halifax” because of actress Nicola Walker, and then “Last Tango” spun us out into “Julia” (about Julia Child) because of actress Sarah Lancashire. Meanwhile, for really silly fun, we enjoyed “Loot” with Maya Rudolph. I’ve got to check out “Never Have I Ever.”

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 10:28 pm

      Coincidentally, my wife and I watched the first season of Unforgotten recently. Liked it a lot. You might like a limited series called River. Nicola Walker is in it. It’s a detective show with a very different twist.

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  28. tanjabrittonwriter September 6, 2022 / 7:18 pm

    I’m completely with you, Neil, when it comes to peaches and corn on the cob. They are among the culinary highlights of summer. Highly anticipated each year, we enjoy peaches from Palisade, corn from Olathe, and cantaloupe from Rocky Ford, all grown in Colorado by Colorado farmers. 👍

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  29. Robert Parker September 6, 2022 / 7:34 pm

    I’ll go grab my Allman Bros CD and Eat a Peach! I love peaches, in every form – fresh, jam, pie, cobbler — delicious and they smell great, too. I think Georgia and the Carolinas probably have the best but Penna. is right up there, juicier and sweeter than the ones in NY.
    My granddad would get 3 grills going for a big family cookout, and one was just for corn, he’d soak the ears in water and then rotate them 1/4 turn at exact intervals so they’d come out perfect and just enough roasted to give them extra flavor. I don’t eat that much real butter but you’re right that’s a must for corn on the cob, boy I could go for a couple ears right now!
    And now we’re looking forward to apple season, also a big favorite! Cheers Neil, good idea to celebrate the great stuff in season.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 6, 2022 / 10:31 pm

      A three-grill cookout . . . That’s living! And I’m with you about apples. Do you have a favorite variety? Mine is McIntosh.

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      • Robert Parker September 7, 2022 / 9:08 am

        I like Macs and Cortlands but I think my favorite is the Empire. But there must be 3 dozen varieties that are great in their own way, including some of the old-time ones like Winesap, Jonathan, Northern Spy, etc.

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  30. talebender September 6, 2022 / 8:16 pm

    Funnily enough, I was also listening to McEnroe, but while watching the US Open…..and still watching.
    Glad you enjoyed August.

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  31. Kim Smith September 6, 2022 / 10:34 pm

    Ah yes, peaches and corn…and tomatoes! My friend gave me some wonderful tomatoes from her garden last week…yum.

    I’ve been watching more Netflix than ever before lately, and just spent the Labor Day weekend binge-watching the last season of “Better Call Saul.” I’ve enjoyed that series and “Breaking Bad” so much, and regret how I waited so long to watch them all when everyone was raving about them early on. The characters in both series are fascinating and the drama is incredible.

    I have to admit that I tend to rewatch things I like over and over. I’ve watched the entire “The Office” series multiple times, for example. Still cry when Jim and Pam get married — every time, LOL. The show I’m most surprised to like is “The Great British Baking Show.” I’m not at all interested in baking, but the show is so uplifting that I turn it on whenever I’m having a bad day and it lightens the mood instantly. Unlike so many competitive tv shows, everyone is friendly and kind on this one, the hosts and judges are funny and generally kind (sometimes the judges’ comments seem unnecessarily harsh). When I first started watching it I needed to turn on the closed captions to understand some of the British accents, but now I’ve gotten used to most of them and can do without.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 7, 2022 / 7:22 am

      Hi Kim. One of these days I should start watching Breaking and/or Saul. From everything I’ve read and heard, they are among the best series ever. Here’s a food show that I like a lot: Somebody Feed Phil. Phil is a guy who travels all over the world checking out the food scenes. He’s a really nice, funny, likeable person. The show is on Netflix.

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  32. Helen Devries September 6, 2022 / 11:01 pm

    We miss peaches….as kids in food rationed Britain we had South African IXL peach jam.. then we grew nectarines in France, but here in Costa Rica any imported peach is mealy.
    And corn is no better…we eat the cobs we get here young, but there is no comparison with the corn we used to grow in France.

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  33. shoreacres September 6, 2022 / 11:33 pm

    We were afraid heat and drought were going to do in the peach crop this year, but they pulled through. I bought in bulk, and froze enough to guarantee cobblers and pies through about January. An old Iowa girl, I always associate sweet corn and tomatoes with summer — and an alternate way of buttering that corn. Just slather plenty of butter on a piece of bread and use that to wipe it onto the corn. If you need a little more, just re-use the bread.

    What most of us liked best in August was the arrival of some rain, and a slight diminution of the heat. Not only that, the month was entirely free of tropical systems — first time that’s happened since 1997 (and, before that, 1961). Huzzah and hooray! Now, if we just can get through September.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 7, 2022 / 7:30 am

      Hi, and good morning. It’s amazing that you had no tropical storms systems last month. May that streak continue. And I like your method of buttering corn. I hadn’t heard of that one before. Take care. Have a good day!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 7, 2022 / 7:33 am

      Hey there. I bought a nectarine yesterday, the first one I’ve purchased in forever. It hasn’t ripened fully yet. I’m hoping it will be good.

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      • Life...One Big Adventure September 7, 2022 / 6:01 pm

        I grew up on a farm with plenty of fruit trees. We had a small nectarine tree that would break itself every year it was so loaded with fruit. I was in heaven!

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  34. Suzanne September 7, 2022 / 12:45 am

    I have rung my cycle bell a few times, primarily due to the idiots on the road 😉 Yes, to what Mel wrote regarding peaches and nectarines. It will be interesting to see if New Zealand has a heatwave this summer.

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  35. johnlmalone September 7, 2022 / 6:37 am

    I like fruit, all fruit, Neil but grapes please me most, moon grapes: I’ve written a few posts celebrating them; and as for viewing, I’m into ‘The White Lotus’ on Foxtel. only the second episode so far but that and ‘The Twelve’. a jury duty thriller starring Sam Neill. It’s a ripper 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 7, 2022 / 7:39 am

      Thanks for the TV recommendations. I’ve heard of Lotus, but not of Twelve. I’m constantly amazed by the gargantuan volume of TV series., what with the rise of Netflix, Hulu, etc. These are golden times for TV-viewing.

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      • johnlmalone September 7, 2022 / 5:30 pm

        they are , Neil; all you’ve got to do is find the time to view them 🙂

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  36. fauquetmichel September 7, 2022 / 11:53 am

    I wish to both you and Sandy many peach and fresh corn seasons to come ! 🙂
    In friendship
    Michel

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  37. mjcd2017 September 7, 2022 / 12:55 pm

    What a great peachy post bringing back memories to the best peaches I ever had! From a self-picking apple and peach orchard somewhere in Nevada, Utah or Arizona. (Well it was in the 90s and I was a teen …) I think we were on our way to Zion National Park with our rented motor home. I just remember the orchard was closed in by red rocks and the peaches were huge and delicious!

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  38. mariezhuikov September 7, 2022 / 2:36 pm

    We went to a movie theater (a rarity these days!) and saw the movie, “Nope.” I highly recommend it!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 7, 2022 / 4:31 pm

      Hi. Thanks for the tip. I get the feeling that movie theaters aren’t doing well these days. Were there many people in the theater with you?

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      • mariezhuikov September 7, 2022 / 4:38 pm

        Hi Neil. No, hardly anyone else was in the theater. But then again, we did go on a Monday night. Not the most popular time for movies.

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  39. Sandy September 7, 2022 / 3:21 pm

    I do love peaches and corn on the cob. Have you noticed that corn on the cob is much sweeter than peaches? I thought they were vegetables! Some parts of the world are more enlightened and treat these sweet nuggets for what they are. A favorite flavor in Asia is corn niblets in ice cream.

    Anyways, outside of eating a fresh peach out of hand, I like the combination of peaches with blueberries in open face pies. Hard to believe I just discovered it this year, but it is mighty tasty.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 7, 2022 / 4:36 pm

      Hi, Sandy. Peach-with- blueberry pie! Sounds great. You know, once in a while I put peach slices and blueberries on a peanut butter sandwich. Delicious!

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  40. Lynne September 7, 2022 / 7:12 pm

    Spending more time with family, especially my little 3 year old grandson. Swimming in the ocean. Reading outdoors.

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  41. snakesinthegrass2014 September 8, 2022 / 2:47 pm

    I just finished listening this morning to the Fresh Air podcast with John McEnroe. They mention briefly “Never Have I Ever,” but didn’t really explain much about the show. Thanks for the rundown on it. I’m definitely going to check it out now. – Marty

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  42. Vinny September 8, 2022 / 5:29 pm

    Am I the only one here that thinks corn is the devil’s food? Bloody awful! I never had it when I was a kid it was carrots and cabbage because it was cheap. Didn’t try it till I was in my teens and thought I was being poisoned! I have fruit every day for breakfast and I love it. Don’t mind peaches but that hard bit in the middle is hard to chew. At the minute we are watching ‘The good place’ which is weirdly funny. The first series of ‘The missing’ is very good too.

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  43. cincinnatibabyhead September 9, 2022 / 12:23 am

    ‘Peach Cobbler’ and ice cream. ‘Peaches and Cream Corn’ a type we get up here and it’s delicious. Brothers in food fella.

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  44. J. Kelland Perry September 9, 2022 / 9:49 am

    Hey, Neil. You had me smiling with the sand in your hourglass thoughts. Time is flying for me too. But with it, I find myself savouring good food more and more, like you mention here.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 9, 2022 / 1:05 pm

      Greetings. Right — good food is a big part of life. Tonight my wife and I will head to a restaurant we like in Philly. I plan to order their chicken pesto panini. It’s delicious.

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  45. Little Old World September 9, 2022 / 10:32 am

    I can’t believe how quickly August flew by. Peaches and nectarines are among my favourite things over the summer months, and I always look forward to stone fruit season. Here in Wales, we’ve also had non-stop tomatoes, figs, plums and cucumbers.

    And I love Never Have I Ever. I unashamedly binge-watched season 3 in a matter of days. It’s so clever and all the characters are utterly delightful.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 9, 2022 / 1:09 pm

      Hii. Thanks for adding your thoughts. I read that there will be one more season of Never Have I Ever, and that it will also be the final season. I’ll miss the series when it concludes.

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  46. Ally Bean September 9, 2022 / 1:29 pm

    I’m adding Never Have I Ever to my list of shows to watch. It sounds like one I’d enjoy. My August was lousy so I have nothing to add to your list. I have high hopes for September, however.

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  47. alhenry September 9, 2022 / 5:12 pm

    LOL Neil, you and Ed just might be related. He LOVES corn on the cob. I pick up 1-2 ears every week at the market, and peaches (which I also love). As for entertainment, if you haven’t clapped eyes on it already, may I suggest “A Very English Scandal” with Hugh Grant in the role of UK prime minister-wannabe, Jeremy Thorpe. I think you’ll like it and Grant is superb. Ed and I are on the road again–wandering across France, so I’ll no doubt be sharing some of those highlights in a post later this fall. As for age/time/etc., you are here until you’re not, and after that I suspect you won’t know/care, so all we can do is enjoy today, every day.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger September 9, 2022 / 11:10 pm

      Hey, Amy. Thanks for the TV tip — I hadn’t heard of the Hugh Grant series. I’m glad that you and Ed have been able to see a good bit of the world this year. Enjoy your time in France!

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  48. D. Wallace Peach September 10, 2022 / 10:04 am

    Time does seem to zip by, and I don’t like it any more than you, Neil. Shouldn’t it slow down as we age? That would make more sense. Thanks for the reminder to get some peaches and corn before the season ends. I haven’t had either this summer! And I appreciate the viewing recommendations. My husband and I are always looking for something that will hold our attention and sometimes that’s hard to find! Have a great weekend.

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