Making jam and canning fruit aren't the only ways to preserve summer fruits while they're in season: There's also the freezer! Cobblers, pies, and "fresh" fruit smoothies in the dead of winter? Game on. Here's the best way to freeze those fruits so they stay in perfect condition for months to come.
We have reached the tipping point of summer when we stop longing for our favorite fruits and vegetables to finally arrive and start wondering what the heck we're going to do with it all. Those of you with CSAs definitely know what I'm talking about! If you're new to the canning and preserving party, never fear: We have ten fantastic recipes that teach you the ropes — and help you take care of all that fresh produce.
BLT sandwiches have been a common occurrence around here lately. As have tomato salads and crostini — I can't seem to get enough. Local tomatoes are still a touch early in Seattle, but if you get to the farmers markets first thing, you can nab some. So I've been doing just that —stockpiling and hoarding and making big plans for tomatoes this season. First up, besides the common and obvious choice of eating them raw on just about everything: poaching them.
Here's a delicious and versatile recipe to add to your end of summer rotation: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and loads of basil are tossed with hearty and healthful farro to create a perfect pairing for any time of day.
Shell spoons are a lovely way to remember your summer days at the beach. They're not really suitable for eating — ragged edges make for dangerous soup slurping! — but they're beautiful as mini scoops for sugar, salt, tea, or dry herbs.
I've always meant to plant a fig tree. All the cool kids — at least around here — have them. Somehow, I never got around to it. Thank goodness for the kindness and figs of friends. I'm not the only one who enjoys the fruits of other people's labor; a local restaurant owner trades meals from his kitchen for backyard figs.
What is it about lemons and summer? If you happen to live in a citrus-growing region, you know that it's possible to find ripe lemons on trees year-round, but that they are actually in peak season in the dead of winter. I think it's thanks to the summertime tradition of lemonade stands that makes me associate the tangy flavor with the hot months.
Pizza on the grill is my number one way to entertain outdoors. Just ask any of my friends and neighbors, and they'll tell you there is always a fresh pie on the grates. I love creating new flavors using up the last of my farmers market finds, and cherry tomato, corn, and goat cheese pizza is one of the best. This grilled pizza showcases some of my favorite summer ingredients, and the glorious taste of that summer goodness will please your dinner guests completely.
This week I've been sharing the backyard S'mores party we threw for my sister's birthday, and today I'm going to show you how the whole soiree came together! We aimed for a simple yet pretty outdoor party, with little stress and preparation, because who needs that, especially on a birthday?
We launched our Gatherings from The Kitchn series this year to bring you party ideas that were fun and gracious, and yet always accessible in budget and details. This S'mores fête turned out to be our easiest party yet — with almost no cooking ahead, and just a few hours of setup. Want to see how we transformed the backyard and threw our S'moresgasbord for a crowd of twenty?