The weather has been downright glorious the past couple of days. Summer camps are over, but my kids don’t go back to school for a little while yet, so I’m hanging onto the season with a white knuckled grip; I’ll deal with September in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, let’s get ready for Labor Day weekend with a flashback to some favorites from the archives.
Fresh Lemonade-There’s nothing like lemonade made from fresh lemons. This recipe touts an easy to make lemon simple syrup. Just add water and ice and you’ve got yourself some thirst quenching lemonade!
Fresh Peach Iced Tea-This recipe is made with an easy peachy simple syrup with options to use as a clear syrup, as a syrup with the peaches in it or as a peachy puree. Every option gives you great fresh peach flavor so choose your favorite!
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mention a couple of scones. So, while there’s still some wonderful fresh blackberries and strawberries available, take the plunge and join me in my love for them.
Blackberry Fontina Basil Scones-These hearty scones are practically a meal. They’re kind of like a fruit and cheese plate all baked into a rich buttery scone. The recipe is inspired by one of my all time favorite grilled cheese sandwiches, deliciously sweet and savory. Drizzle with a little bit of honey and I. Am. Happy.
Fresh Strawberry Cream Scones-If you’re a strawberry shortcake lover, these scones are for you. Full of fresh strawberry flavor. They are one of my kids’ favorites!
Summer Hummus-This is an easy layered dip that takes advantage of your garden haul. Grill some corn, chop up some cucumber and tomato. Layer it all on a bed of hummus. Top with crumbled feta and fresh basil. Drizzle with olive oil. You won’t believe how tasty this is! You can use it as a dip, but this is one you’re going to want to scoop up with more than just a chip. (Makes a great veggie sandwich!)
Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks-This is a recent post and one of my faves from this summer. My mouth is watering as I write this. Thick, meaty slices of zucchini are brushed with an herby garlic olive oil then grilled. Then you just stack them with some hearty slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella, and layer them with some seasoned panko in between, throw them back on the grill ’til the cheese gets nice and melty. Yum!
Pico de Gallo-Everyone needs a good pico recipe in their back pocket. This one is mine. It’s an easy fresh salsa that has the extra bonus of avocado. It’s the perfect dip or topping for salsa and guacamole lovers! And, seriously, I could eat it by the spoonful!
Asian Peanut Chicken Slaw-If you have a Trader Joe’s, this recipe makes a tasty dinner in almost no time. Tons of cheater short cuts in this recipe. Pre-shredded cabbage and carrots, pre-cooked roasted chicken, and a bottled spicy peanut dressing will give you the head start to this quick and delicious main dish salad. I love serving the cold salad over hot rice. This recipe is in regular rotation in my house.|
Moroccan Chicken-Take advantage of grilling weather to make this dish. This is a recipe for the most amazingly flavorful marinade made with parsley, cilantro, garlic and spices. It transforms a boring chicken breast into an exotic dinner. It’s mouthwatering and a must make!
Strawberry Cucumber Salad-Fresh, sweet strawberries, crunchy cucumbers, zesty orange and briny feta. This is an easy salad to adapt to whatever fruit, cheese or veggies you may have on hand. Just mix them up and toss with the orange vinaigrette and you’ve got yourself one refreshing salad!
Roasted Potato Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing-I pretty much have never met a potato salad I didn’t like. I created this one as a fun twist on classic potato salad. I love the flavor and texture of roasted potatoes in this dish. And where there are avocados, limes and cilantro involved? You just know it’s gonna be good!
Ultimate S’mores Ice Cream-If you make homemade ice cream and you love s’mores, let me tell you this truly is the ultimate-est ice cream you’ll ever eat! The graham comes in the form of graham cracker crust, all buttery and chewy. The chocolate comes in the form of a rich ganache. And the marshmallows? Totally toasted and delicious, the flavor and texture are perfect throughout. This is my husband’s all time favorite ice cream from anyone, anywhere, EVER. You’ve got to make it!
Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches-These are just too easy and too good not to try. Great make ahead treat when you’re having a group of kids (or adults :) over. I did two posts on these because I loved them so much! One post uses vanilla wafers and different ideas for fillings and toppings. The other uses sandwich cookies, which have convenient “built in” fillings and are perfect for flavors like birthday cake or cookies ‘n cream. Check out both posts for some great flavor ideas. I know you’ll be inspired to come up with a bunch of your own!
Chocolate Turtle Zucchini Cake-This is seriously one of my favorite chocolate cakes! The cake itself is moist and flavorful. Chocolate chips and pecans are baked right into the top. Then, when you pour warm Buttermilk Caramel Syrup over the top, the chips begin to melt and the cake soaks up that buttery caramel sweetness. Trust me…it’s a heavenly bite for sure!
So there you go…a few extra ideas to prolong the glory of summer. I mean, geez, it’s not even Labor Day yet! And technically, fall does not begin until September 22nd. So what I’m saying is, “Hey all you people talking about back to school and fall recipes and all you stores stocking up for Halloween…that’s right, I’m looking at you. Summer is ending but it’s simply NOT over until it’s over.
And, I’m here to tell you that it’s absolutely, positively not…over. #summerwishes
Monday 29th of August 2016
This time of year always makes me feel wistful but this post reminded me it's a fleeting and beautiful and DELICIOUS time of year. LOVE those grilled zucchini caprese stacks.
Monday 29th of August 2016
Jessie, I've always thought that I feel melancholy at this time of year, but I think wistful is a more accurate description. The flurry of getting the kids ready for school is an almost welcome distraction, as is keeping the flavors of the season in play. The zucchini stacks were so simple but so good!
Saturday 27th of August 2016
Thanks for talent and the samples! YOU have food magic in you. Thought of a cookbook? Alway available for 'free taste testing'
Saturday 27th of August 2016
Rosemary, you are so welcome for the samples! It was fun baking for you guys. I have a couple ideas for a cookbook, but haven't decided to go down that path quite yet. Right now, I'm just enjoying free wheeling food blogging :)