It does not take long to fall in love with Ohio State and the city of Columbus. For me, it happened as soon as I landed last summer.
Summer is a great time for arrivals and welcomes. Ohio State’s 15th president, Dr. Michael Drake took over the reins last week and I was delighted to help welcome him. From what I have seen to-date, President Drake “feels the love.” Totally at home in Buckeye Nation, he is fully engaged in putting his visionary leadership skills to work on its behalf.
I enjoy being on campus and living downtown at all seasons, but never more than during summer.
With summer comes a (relatively) slower pace, sunshine (most days) and seasonal foods—no qualifiers here—fresh produce abounds. I purchase mine at the Farmers Market just outside North Market every Saturday morning.
I love to eat and to cook and this is my favorite time of year to do both. I have been working my way steadily through the succulent strawberries, raspberries and blueberries; asparagus, lettuces, peas and green beans and impatiently await that glorious fruit—and my favorite—tomatoes.
When they appear, I often make the perfect summer supper—caprese salad—lovely, perfect tomatoes; fresh mozzarella, basil, a little salt and pepper and olive oil—the colors of the Italian flag—beautiful to look at, pure heaven to eat!
I grew up in a home with a fantastic backyard garden and thus the freshest possible produce. That combined with my father’s trips to the farmers’ markets has influenced how I cook and eat. Along with the occasional donut with our students, I find this a simple, satisfying, healthful way to eat.
Our choice to live in downtown Columbus was based on the desire to have a vibrant, big-city experience that was within walking distance. I have not been disappointed. I still delight in my neighborhood with its small, locally-owned shops, skyscrapers and business bustle, riverfront and bike paths, theaters and restaurants, unique galleries and sports and entertainment venues—and just a quick commute to campus.
One of the first things I discovered last summer? The city’s best view of Red, White & Boom was from our own balcony. I watch those incredible fireworks and know we made the perfect choice in joining Buckeye Nation.
Life is good.