Victoria Cake with Strawberries
This dessert (best eaten within 2 days) is ideal with flavorful small local berries. If using big supermarket berries, cut them into halves or quarters and sprinkle with a bit of sugar to bring out their flavor.
Peach Cornmeal Cobbler
The cornmeal crust and sprinkling of almonds add texture and flavor to this extraordinary peach cobbler.
Fresh Summer Panini
You can use any kind of summer vegetables you like in this fresh grilled sandwich.
Pesto-Smothered Grilled Chicken Breast
What better way to use a bumper crop of basil than to make delicious homemade pesto?
Rosemary Kale Chicken Soup
This Chicken Soup is a great way to get kids to eat nutrient-packed kale.
Fresh Strawberry Granita
Fresh, local strawberries are best in this granita for the best strawberry flavor.
Green Tea-Passion Fruit Spritzer
Green tea pairs well with a multitude of flavors, and passion fruit is one of the best. An ounce of amaretto, the liqueur of love, won't hurt either. This recipe can be easily doubled.
Iced Mango Tea with Lemon Syrup
This interesting tea combination is wonderful for picnics. The lemon syrup gives everybody a choice about the final flavor of his or her tea.
Smoky Eggplant and Chickpea Spread
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) add loads of texture and fiber to this dip.
Summer Vegetable Tian
Originally from the South of France, a tian is a dish in which summer vegetables —similar to those used in a ratatouille — are layered and baked slowly in a low-heated oven. The result is melting layers of flavors and scents that transport you to the Mediterranean.
Skewered Lemon-Rosemary Cherry Tomatoes
These summertime skewers are wonderful with whatever small ripe tomatoes you can harvest from your garden or gather from the grocers.
Wood-Grilled Spring Onion, Brie, and Kalamata Olive Pizza
A kiss of smoke deepens and enriches the flavors in this pizza, which goes well with a glass of red wine or craft beer.
Grilled Green Tomato “Sandwiches” with Herbed Cream Cheese
If you like fried green tomatoes, you'll love them grilled. There is no breading and very little oil, but plenty of tangy flavor. You can make the sandwiches by spreading the creamy filling between two grilled tomato slices or you can serve a platter of the grilled tomatoes with grilled bread and the Herbed Cream Cheese on the side.
Citrus Basil Shortbread Cookies
A hint of basil and a blast of lemon and lime make these shortbread cookies a hit.