I recently had the pleasure of speaking with one of my childhood heroes and Food Network Host, Mr. Marc Summers, who shared details about Old Navy's "Wish You Were Here" summer road trip and of course tips on making some great meals this summer!
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about Old Navy's "Wish You Were Here" summer road trip?
Marc Summers: "I'd be happy to do that, Candace. You know when I grew up in the midwest, Memorial Day weekend moving into summer was my favorite time of year because we'd all get in the car and head to the nearest beach and what we're trying to do at Old Navy is bring back that nostalgia fever and flavor to America. We're going to beaches and we're going to have games, discounts, certificates and old photo booths. You can go to Facebook.com/OldNavy to find out when we're going to be near you.
Fashion is important. Food is really important to me as a matter of fact and I want to give you some tips that you can use throughout the summer, starting with watermelon. You a big watermelon fan, Candace?"
CR: Love it!
MS: "Well, we're going to talk to you about the fact that 92% of watermelon is actually water. We've got some basil with some little tomatoes and some watermelon, little sea salt or I like this balsamic vinegar spread all over that – really, really brings out the flavor and the sweetness.
And I've got some bing cherries, they pop out this time of year from the Pacific Northwest. Lots of antioxidants. The way to keep them fresh, not necessarily is on the counter but put them in the freezer. Freeze them for about 4 hours, put them in your freezer bags – you can eat them all year long. Really, really tasty.
Now lobsters are different on the east coast and the west coast. Do you ever have lobster in California?"
CR: No, actually I haven't.
MS: "It's really, really good. You want to get it from Maine; you want them live and you want to get them feisty. Most mistakes that people make when cooking their lobster is cooking it whole. What you want to do is cut it up because the claws only take 2 to 3 minutes to cook and the tails about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. Do it that way, it's going to be a home run every time.
All-American food is right here, it's hot dogs – 7 billion will be served between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We've got the ones that are all natural with the all natural casings, that way you're going to have a lot of snap to your dog. Make sure you grill them, that brings out the best flavor.
And of course the thing I love is desserts. We've got sno-cones here, sometimes they're called water ice, sometimes they're called shave ice – if you go to Hawaii.
We've got fried dough, churros, funnel cakes. These are called elephant ears (shown below) – put some Nutella, maybe some whip cream and cherries, it brings out the flavor.
And finally we have salt water taffy from Atlantic City. The way it was named about 100 years ago, the Atlantic Ocean flooded a candy store, a man walked in the next day and said 'hey can I have some of that taffy?' The lady says 'do you mean salt water taffy?' But believe it or not, Candace, zero salt water in salt water taffy. Did you know that?"
CR: I had no idea. I love it but I had no idea!
MS: "That's pretty cool. So if you want to go to our Facebook.com/OldNavy site – more tips and also all the locations we're going to be this summer, so you can have fun with Old Navy."
CR: Do you have any additional information you'd like to share?
MS: "You know, just that our friends at Old Navy are actually out there trying to help the community sort of come together and be with your moms and dads and kids and have a great summer. And the most important thing is to have a safe summer. So we appreciate your time, Candace and hope to talk to you soon."