This time of year is undoubtedly the most exciting with regard to seasonal produce. Farmer’s Markets are bursting at the seams with exciting, fresh fruits and vegetables; often introducing new and exotic varieties to compliment standard favorites. The bounty of the harvest is almost overwhelming in its volume with the tugging desire to freeze, pickle and can as much as possible to save it for the long winter months when root vegetables become the main stay.
Any food gardener, foodie and chef will admit to certain vegetables which are never the same flavor when grown in mass production. The tomato is probably the most common though I argue certain berries; strawberries for instance fall in the same category. Taking advantage of the chance to create dishes showcasing the fantastic flavors is a must and there never seems enough time to try them all with fall nipping on the heels usually by the latter part of September.
There are certain dishes I look forward to making each summer at this time. I don’t make them at other times of the year both because the produce isn’t at its seasonal prime but also there is something rich about only having a recipe for a few months of the year. They are anticipated with excitement and satisfying in a way having them each day doesn’t offer.
I’m sharing some of these favorite recipes with you today. They are focused on the produce at their prime now which will be whisked away by colder weather before we know it! This selection encompasses main dishes, desserts, sides, starters, liquor infusions and food keeping to maximize the end of summer and save some for later! You’ll note a handful of these are earlier posts I did with font a bit too small, and photos from a cruder era of my beginning blogging! They are a testament to the staying power of those favorites I’m delighted to share with you today.
STARTERS, SIDES and EXTRAS