Photography by Alli Sheperd, New York
Watercress was what inspired me to make this dish. I've been reading up on superfoods and recently watercress came in as number one. This soup is a delicious way to get some of those watercress nutrients.
My favorite things to cook with in the summer are peaches. I use them in everything from ice cream, pizzas and salsas!
Photography by Megan Mahon, Ohio
I was looking for a desert dish to take to our annual family reunion and being my first time trying out this recipe, I luckily got the satisfied approval from the family! With my second try I actually removed the cake not five, but ten minutes before the clock. I found that this moistened it to the right amount. Then I whipped up a cup of lemon lavender glaze from the lavender buds in my garden and made lemon lavender shortbread cookies as a side. Truth be told, the next day after work there was nothing left to bring back home.
My favorite things to cook in the summer are typically fairly simple to make since most of my time is spent outdoors. That being said, a plate of hummus and cucumber on pita wedges is an easy lunch or quick snack after coming in from the heat. Easily garnished with your option of a light pesto sauce, fresh spinach or tomato, dill, paprika, feta cheese, or extra virgin olive oil.
Photography by Amy Swinn, Pennsylvania
What inspired me to make the crumble was its ability to let the fruit be the star of the show. Your original recipe called for pears, apples, and cranberries, but its stone fruit season on the east coast, so I decided to substitute with my personal favorite, peaches! The peaches and ginger worked so well together, the crumb topping was just sweet enough with subtle hints of maple and coconut. What also makes this recipe so fantastic is that it works for lots of different eaters, its gluten free, vegan, and uses maple syrup as a sweetener, because I have friends who fit into both of those categories its the perfect dessert to make and share with others.
I try to let the farmers market be my guide in the summer. I live just a few blocks from the oldest publicly owned farmers market in the country, so I am very lucky to have an abundance of locally grown produce, fresh and cured meats, and cheeses. I keep my meals really simple, with lots of fresh flavors. This week I feel like I've happily eaten tomatoes with every meal! This past week has also brought in the first of the local melons, including the french heirlooms, so I no longer have to worry about hitting the gym, because my strength training is juggling a market bag full of melons.