Parting is such sweet sorrow, but the time has come to bid farewell to fresh summer produce. After months of eating piles of fresh corn on the cob, watermelon and other in-season fruits and vegetables, it’s time to move on to apples, squash, Brussels sprouts and more fall fare.
Before Labor Day rolls around, start a mini bucket list of things to cook with your farmers market favorites. Whether you enjoy baking a bubbling stone fruit cobbler or biting into a fresh tomato like it’s an apple, the countdown starts now. Get it all out of your system now so when fall comes on Sept. 23, you’ll have some closure, having given warm-weather produce a proper sendoff. Here are six ideas to get you started with your goodbyes.
Tomatoes: Heirloom Tomato Caprese
Fresh heirloom tomatoes are so juicy that you may want to take a bite of one without bothering to even slice it up. But if you want to be a little less of an animal, make a simple caprese salad with Burrata cheese, basil and olive oil.
Continue Reading Last Call! 6 Ways to Devour Fresh Summer Produce Before Labor Day
When you fire up the grill for summer barbecues, it’s easy to stick to tried-and-true grilling recipes like steaks, ribs and vegetables, but why not mix things up? This season, try putting some char on everything you serve, whether it’s appetizers, sides, desserts or even cocktails. There are infinite possibilities for new fiery flavor combinations, and we’ve rounded up nine new and innovative grilled recipes to wow your guests.
Breakfast: Grilled French Toast with Strawberries and Rosemary
Michael Symon’s genius grilled breakfast is sweet and savory with rosemary-and-strawberry-topped French toast. Feel free to grill up some bacon on the side.
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Winter’s hearty foods and frosty weather have left many of us with an extra layer of padding that it’s time to shed. The good news is that a lot of the spring foods can help you lose weight. Here’s a look at some of my favorite slimming spring foods:
Strawberries: Who knew “diet” foods could taste this delicious? But strawberries really are a superfood for weight loss. All those seeds studding the strawberry’s surface are packed with fiber — one of the most important factors for weight loss. Fiber helps to add bulk to food, filling you up without adding extra calories, and one cup of strawberries gives you three grams of fiber. If you’re wondering just how many pints to devour, women need 25 grams a day, and men need 38.
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For most of the year, I like to eat fruits and vegetables that have been grown locally. But if I can say one thing about January, it’s that it’s a hard time of year to be a locavore in the northeast. Root vegetables and cabbage are pretty much the only things I can get that were grown in Vermont right now, which is why I love that it’s also citrus season. In Spain, California and Florida, citrus fruits are at their peak. The juicy yellow-, orange- and pink-fleshed lemons, oranges and grapefruit, respectively, are like a ray of sunshine in the middle of a dreary winter. While my favorite way to enjoy citrus has to be popping the easy-to-peel, ever-so-sweet clementines and satsumas like they’re candy, I also like to use citrus in recipes. Here are some of my favorites right now:
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Peach and Peppadew Salsa -- Nicole, PinchMySalt.com
Linkage we’re liking:
* Peaches + Peppadew = Perfect Summer Salsa [Pinch My Salt]
* Sexy, Spiked Gelatin Molds — Blueberries and Cream Edition – [The Modern Gelatina]
* A Cool Take On Raspberry Yogurt Popsicles – [Orangette]
What’s your sinful spin on the best fruits of summer?
Alex Lopez's golden raspberry harvest
Fruit is the ideal breakfast ingredient, especially during summer when you’re craving something light. Pair it up with a protein and you have a complete meal.
Alex Lopez shared this pic of golden raspberries growing wild in her garden, “great with honey, yogurt and almonds” — yum! My morning staple is almost identical, except I use fresh blueberries.
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You can pick your friends. You can pick your berries. But you can’t pick your friends’ berries.
Unless you have a friend named Patty who owns a huge u-pick berry farm on the North Fork of Long Island. Or a friend like her.
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Sour cherries, fresh from the tree
I can’t get enough of sour cherries. Growing up in Ohio, I’d spend the first half of June up in the cherry tree, reaching for every last can’t-help-but-pucker gem. Even with my “one for the bucket, two for me” mentality, my family ended up with loads of cherries that would find their way into pies, jam, cobblers, muffins and more.
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Honey-Rich Apriums credit: Felicia Friesema
Linkage we’re liking:
Which of these three are you most likely to try?