Looking for summer recipes? June through September gardens are awash with juicy red tomatoes, thick green beans, purple eggplants and bushy basil. Fresh vibrant foods are in order. We have summer recipes ideal for quick cooking or no cooking at all.
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.
Watermelon, Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Enjoy the flavors of summer in this delicious side salad starring fresh fruits and vegetables.
Lime Cilantro Marinade
This marinade works well on grilled fruits or vegetables to be served on a green salad. Try it on whole ears of corn, pineapple red peppers or avocados.
Korean Grilled Beef
When entertaining, we use rib-eyes. When it’s just the family, we choose flank steak: a leaner, less expensive cut.
California Ripe Olive and Fig Tapenade
Serve this tapenade on crostini spread with soft cheese like feta, goat or blue. Sponsored by California Ripe Olives.
Pasta with Meatballs and Sauce
A classic meat combo for meatballs is about one third each of veal, beef and pork. You can often find this in the meat area of the supermarket labeled “meat loaf mixture,” and if so, your work is done.
Kitchen Sink Chopped Salad
This is a kitchen sink salad. As in, Step 1: Open vegetable bins and peer inside. Step 2: Save any depressing looking vegetables for soup and pull out the rest for this big-bowl salad.
Most American kumquats come from Florida and California, and they are available during winter months. In case you have never seen them, they look like tiny, oval-shaped oranges.