Saveur Magazine’s 2015 Summer Produce Guide

Summer is a great time of year to be a cook. Markets and gardens are bursting with gorgeous fruits and vegetables in their prime: sweet corn, juicy ripe tomatoes, jewel-like berries, and many, many more. In our comprehensive guide to summer produce, we’ve got expert tips for buying, storing, and preparing the best of the season, plus recipes for everything from warm cherry and blueberry cobbler to watermelon salad with cilantro, radish sprouts, and Cotija cheese.

For the full  2015 Summer Produce Guide, click here for the link.

All photos: Vanessa Rees, Saveuer Magazine

Salad Greens

What would summer be without the sweet crunch of lettuces and salad greens? An essential addition to tacos and sandwiches and the foundation of salads from Caesar to Cobb, the innumerable varieties of lettuce lend crispness to all kinds of summer dishes. They vary widely in flavor and texture: Iceberg lettuce, for example, has a sweet, watery crunch that’s at home in a wedge salad with blue cheese; crisp romaine is ideal for adding to sandwiches; watercress has a bright, peppery flavor; and mizuna, a Japanese member of the mustard family, has a gentle spicy zing.

Stone Fruits

Available in the U.S. from late May to early October, peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines are among the most delectable of summer’s stone fruits, so-called because they contain a stone, or pit, at the center that encases the seed. We love to eat them out of hand, of course, but they’re also delightful in an abundance of sweet and savory recipes: think green bean and peach salad, nectarine and plum chicken tagine, stone fruit rosé sangria, and irresistible pies and cobblers.

Herbs

Herbs

While many are available year-round from the grocery store, summer brings abundant fresh herbs that thrive in hot weather, such as basil, rosemary, and thyme, to the farmers’ market. You can use fresh herbs in innumerable ways for every type of dish: Add them to marinades, throw them into salads, purée them into pesto and toss with pasta or vegetables, and use them to infuse oils or even flavor ice creams.


Lime and Coconut Cooler

“You put the lime in the coconut, you drink ’em both together
Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better
Put the lime in the coconut, drink ’em both up”

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You can find the inspiration for food and drink from just about anywhere, especially if you are foodie.

Photo Credit: RCA Victor, and Acy Lehman and Dean Torrence, 1971

This drink may not be original, but I was inspired by “Coconut” which I just recently heard on the radio the other day.It is rarely played on commercial radio these days and hearing it brought back fond memories of my childhood.”Coconut” is a novelty song written and first recorded by Harry Nilsson in 1971 and released on his album “Nilsson Schmilsson” in 1972.

The song was also used as jingle for the 1970s “uncola” ad campaign for 7-Up featuring the late Geoffrey Holder, with his “hearty laugh” and memorable heavily accented bass voice, made it one of the most successful ad campaigns of all time. He  was the pitchman for 7-Up right through the mid 1980s, with the  “crisp and clean, and no caffeine” and “never had it, never will” advertising campaigns. Holder reprised his role as the 7 Up Spokesman in the 2011 season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice, where he appeared as himself in a commercial for “7 Up Retro” for Marlee Matlin‘s team.

Those were the days………………..1970s………………….

Serves 4

Ingredients:
One 14- ounce can coconut  milk with the cream
1 cup filtered water
Juice of 2 fresh limes
3 Tablespoons honey (or agave), or to taste
Ice, for serving
Whole fresh mint leaves, for garnish
Lime slice, for garnish

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a large pitcher and stir.  Serve in glasses over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and a slice of lime.

Ahhhhh, so refreshing! Enjoy!


Food & Wine 2015 Summer Grilling Guide

Summer is almost here……

And even though grilling outside in the great outdoors can take place any time
of the year, from late spring to late summer is the height for grilling season.

Food and Wine Magazine has provided it’s  2015 Summer Grilling Guide, on line.

It is filled with phenomenal summer grilling recipes, plus wine pairings, style essentials, the best types of grills,  tools  and grilling tips from professional chefs.

You can cook just about anything on a grill, not only just meats like pork, beef and chicken, but seafood, vegetables, fruits and even desserts can be prepared on a grill. You can even turn you grill in the ultimate smoker.

    Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers           Corn on the Cob with Seasoned Salts           Grilled Fruit with Honeyed Lemon Thyme Vinegar

I am so fired up an ready to start grilling, most of the recipes this summer will feature mostly grilled appetizers, main dishes and desserts……Yes I am a grill in love with her grill!

 

And you can follow my new blog, “A Girl and Her Grill”, a blog dedicated to anything and all things grilled……