Figs, Brie & Prosciutto on the grill-- such a simple and terrific appetizer. I'm on the lookout for fresh figs at my local Whole Foods!
Bruschetta every day, and never grow tired of it. This is one of my favorite snacks of all time!
Thawed puff pastry, cheese, fresh basil are the perfect appetizer (or light meal) for summer tomatoes. This Tomato Tart & Three Cheese Tart recipe was adapted from Ina Garten. So good!
Pineapple-Mango Salsa -- I love to serve this with grilled pork tenderloin or any kind of fish.
Antipasto Pasta Salad (Cook's Illustrated) - I particularly love the quick marinated mushrooms that are tossed into this salad. In fact, I could just eat a big bowl of these mushrooms! The creamy vinegar-based dressing, mixed with Italian cold cuts, cheese, roasted bell peppers and a few other pantry ingredients is perfect side dish or a summer meal on a hot day.
I have made this Raspberry Lemon Tart several times. The shortbread crust is the perfect vehicle for fresh summer raspberries. There is just enough lemon balance to the simple egg custard, that bakes to a nice chewy creamy center. You can use any kind of summer berries that you like.
Strawberry Cream Cake is a Cook's Illustrated success story. The cake is very easy to make. The frosting is a silky combination of real whipped cream and cream cheese. I'll show you how to make this beautiful tower with fresh summer strawberries.
This weekend, I plan to make this Apricot Cream Cake (Rahm Kuchen). This is an heirloom recipe from my Bavarian cousin. Her crust is out of this world! The topping has sour cream, heavy cream and a few other ingredients. This is not diet food, but it's a summer treat that's one of our very favorites.
The Monterey Peninsula's true summer is just now saying "hello" with blue skies and warmer temperatures-- in the high 60's. Tourists say it's way too cold here, but I tell them that the best time to visit our beautiful area is during the months of August through October. Still, air conditioning is something that we California Central Coast residents don't have in our homes-- it isn't really necessary. Our average temperatures tend to stay in the 70's. Every so often, we hit higher temperatures.... once, in a blue moon, we might hit triple digits. That makes headlines, because we are so spoiled with our coastal breezes! Feel free to come visit the Central Coast of California, so that you can escape the hot temperatures. However, since I live here, I work and can't play tourist very often. This weekend, I plan to fire up the grill and to enjoy the fresh summer produce from my own backyard-- the Salinas Valley!
If you click on the links to each recipe, you will find how to make these and a printable recipe.
I hope that many of you will find cooler temperatures and that you are enjoying your summer. For me, I'm enjoying the weekend that is to come!