summertime

fresh squash blossoms spabettie

My favorite farmers market find lately – squash blossoms.

I didn’t plant any squash this year, so I have been chomping at the bit patiently awaiting their arrival at the markets. Because I had the most wonderful flavored cheese waiting to pair with these little beauties. I brought them home and immediately got to work (they do not last long, use them same day if you can find them).

Dijon apricot goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms spabettie

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roasted garlic and raspberry Big Salad

My mom and I have been known to roast two or three heads of garlic and eat them for lunch. All of it, all the cloves. With crackers or bread.

So good.

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Yesterday was our last day of vacation – it was sunny and beautiful and hot and we have sunburns and the dogs are plumper and we are all happy as clams.

It’s time to cool off, and I have fourteen tasty ways to do so. Join me, won’t you?

 

cherry sorbet champagne floats

 

lemongrass ice cream

lemongrass ice cream

 

chocolate peanut butter coffee pops

 

roasted plum ice cream

 

sparkly spiked cran-raspberry granita

 

ginger maple miso ice cream

 

lightened up Piña Coladas

 

strawberry walnut kulfi

strawberry walnut kulfi

 

cherry cheesecake pops with shortbread crumb

 

raspberry lemonade pops

 

blood orange tequila floats

blood orange sorbet – tequila floats

 

cherry lime drop popsicles 

 

blackberry cheesecake ice cream

 

bottles in ice – fun party presentation! 

 

What is your favorite way to cool off in the summertime?

 

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fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

It is officially summer.

Okay, not for another couple weeks, I suppose, but for me? Summertime is here.

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

We are having bright warm sunny days – mid eighties all this week – and light nights where we enjoy some good patio time.

The warmer temperatures bring cravings for lighter foods. What is the phenomenon that hot summer days = lighter appetites? Even if dinnertime is comprised of lighter fare, dessert is still a must, am I right?

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

The farmers markets are again the source of my delights – lusciously sweet Anjou pears eaten in the car on the way home. Several were saved long enough to create a smashingly impressive dessert that is so easy to make, with real simple ingredients.

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Topping things with buttery caramel? Definitely.

Please visit me at Attune to see this summery recipe:

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler

 

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double vanilla ice cream with gingerbread cake swirl

June 5 is National Gingerbread Day.

While I would have thought this day would more appropriately fall during the holidays, I love all things ginger and ginger bread, so I [click to continue…]

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Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

This is absolutely, positively hands down my number one most favorite ice cream ever.

These flavors - sweet and salty, rich and savory, almost french toasty – are just so good together. Combining them into an ice cream has been on my mind for some time, and I am [click to continue…]

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sweet cream roasted peach bruschetta

I think of her nearly every day, but I really miss my best friend Katie on this day.

I miss visiting my favorite city, and the adventurous escapades we had there.

I simply miss my favorite city. Still my favorite, but not the same. Katie no longer lives there, and the twin towers are no longer visible from her apartment window.

sweet cream roasted peach crostini

Eleven years ago on September 10th, I spent my very last day in [click to continue…]

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Are you guys tired of my “I love fall” talk?

I know I’ve been talking about fall a lot, and how much I am looking forward to it…  I really have enjoyed this summer – summer in Portland is generally good and this year has been perfect. We still have very warm days (yesterday’s temperature was 90!), but I am loving the cool evenings that have that smoky scent in the air. Fall is coming.

But! We are still loving summer, still loving grilling. We have enjoyed several varieties of veggie and bean based burgers this summer – and here is another.

Lentils and mushrooms make a deliciously savory and juicy burger. I may have used extra garlic. and I think I used a bit more olive oil. I definitely used a flax egg. Which resulted in a perfect burger.

I made a cheese sauce to top the burgers, following that recipe but using Jack cheese. and we used gluten free buns from this local company. We liked them, we grilled them.

The recipe I followed, from Cooking Light –> mushroom lentil burgers.

We paired these burgers with some fresh pineapple and some crunch, in the form of Plentils

Yes, I made lentil burgers and the chips we ate with them? Made of lentils. It works, right?

Well yes – yes it does. These are our new favorite chip, for real. The ‘margherita pizza’ and the sea salt are my favorite flavors, but I loved all of them. Those sea salt chips? Five ingredients total. All the flavors? Free of gluten, dairy, and all of the common allergens (as the Enjoy Life brand always is).

Your favorite chip? Are you clinging to summer or welcoming fall?

 

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