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Great End-of-Summer Recipes

With summer produce still freely available, it’s nearly time to make the most of it. Even if we don't want to spend a ton of time over a hot stove when it's warm out, we still want to make the most of the season's bounty. Plus, we're always happy to fire up the grill while it’s still relatively nice outside. With the fall and winter looming over our shoulders, what better time than now to enjoy the fruits of a summer’s bloom before the more heavy and hearty food options of the forthcoming seasons dominate our dinner tables?

End of Summer Desserts

  • Tomatoes Cobbler: Think cobbler is only for traditional fruit? Think again. This dish, with savory biscuits atop a bed of perfectly blistered cherry tomatoes, makes a perfect summer side. Or, if you want to make it a full meal, simply fry or poach an egg and top your cobbler.

  • Towering Strawberry Shortcake: Why not impress your guests with a delicious strawberry shortcake? Easy to create, and what screams end of summer more than the delicious burst of flavor that summer strawberries provide? Make your own homemade whipped cream to top off your shortcake to emphasize your domestic prowess.

Healthy Eating

  • Grilled Eggplant Burger with Halloumi Cheese: There are more options for veggie burgers than the ones from the freezer case or a stuffed portobello mushroom. Grilled eggplant slices are a welcome change, and the cilantro pesto and halloumi cheese give it a delicious Mediterranean flair.

  • Sweetcorn Risotto: This risotto really puts sweet corn front and center and uses a rich and savory homemade chicken or veggie stock for extra flavor. This is how you capture summer in a bowl, and it’s a one-pot meal – minimal clean-up!

  • Nicoise Salad: A traditional French dish, this salad displays each flavor individually, thanks to the fact that everything is served somewhat segmented. The salad includes oil, lemon juice, shallots, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, olives, potatoes, onion, butter lettuce and tuna. Make sure your tomatoes are really ripe, as that's the key to a perfect niçoise.


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