Chez Us’ classic Homemade Hot Buttery Lobster Rolls, made with lemon, celery, and green onion, are the ultimate summer send-off sandwich. Whether you spice them up with mayonnaise and relish, or simply serve yours with butter, each bite will bring you back to warm weather bliss.
Is the combination of historic weather and the dwindling days of summer getting you down? Turn to Fresh Local Best for instant culinary inspiration in the form of a no-cook summer favorite: thick slices of heirloom tomatoes sprinkled with salt and cracked black pepper. Up the flavor ante with an optional drizzle of tangy balsamic syrup and a handful of blue cheese crumbles.
Green Kitchen Stories’ earthy and delicious Beetroot, Zucchini & Apple Salad, topped with macadamia nuts, Queso Manchego, and herb and mustard dressing, is the perfect end-of-summer salad. Marinated, grilled zucchini contrasts with raw beets and apples, giving this healthy creation a great textural contrast.
Struggling over what to serve before the main event at your next dinner party? Sprouted Kitchen presents her Summer Cheese Plate, complete with chevre rolled in fresh herbs, Manchego cheese paired with apricot jam, Parmigiano-Reggiano drizzled with honey, and baby mozzarella coated in a balsamic reduction. Pair the cheeses with crostini, seeded crackers, and plenty of wine for the perfect, pre-fall party platter.
Nook Eatery’s Yoghurt Panna Cotta, topped with roasted rhubarb, is one of those deliciously ambiguous dishes you don’t know whether to eat for dessert, for breakfast, or as a sweet snack. Regardless of when you decide to chow down on this creamy creation though, the sweetness of the vanilla bean and tartness of the Greek yogurt will always be perfectly complemented by the roasted rhubarb (whose flavor is coincidentally the perfect combination of tart and sweet). The colors the rhubarb imparts on the white yogurt also make this dish quite easy on the eyes.
Looking for the prefect treat to satisfy that summertime sweet-tooth? Look no futher! Bakers’ Banter’s Hard Candy Lollies, made with LorAnn Flavors’ candy flavoring, are pure sugar goodness at its best. Give them to your kids or indulge yourself in this easy-to-make, sweet treat.
What do you do with those little, purple flowers that bloom atop chive stalks? Make Jax House’s Chive Flower Vinegar of course! Beyond looking pretty darn good on your kitchen table (check out the gorgeous pink hue of this concoction), the hint of oniony chive makes it perfect in vinaigrettes and great for pickling. We’re loving it as sauce for German-style potato salads.
The name of this sandwich perfectly encapsulates how we feel about it: It’s darn good. The toasted creation, via Seven Spoons, combines grilled bread, egg, thick bacon, overnight tomatoes, Manchego cheese, and crème fraîche vinaigrette for a unique and sassy sensation. Serve it with an ice cold Pilsner and a side of home made fries to create one epic trifecta.
You know how the saying goes: “As American as Apple pie.” Well, Honey & Jam’s Peach Blueberry Pie may not be Apple, but it, like many other pies that were made on the Fourth of July, was created to honor America … and boy how it does. Tart blueberries pairs with sweet peaches to provide a balance of flavor, while the pie crust is buttery, flaky and perfectly golden brown. Celebrate like it’s Independence Day all over again, and serve it at your next summer soiree!
We’re enjoying every bite of summer’s freshest produce and also love finding ways to make the bounty stretch into the months ahead. Scrambled Side Up’s classic dill pickles provide the perfect mix of sweet and savory tastes. Mustard, vinegar and garlic provide a tart kick, while sugar, dill, and celery seed offer subtle, sweet and gentle flavors. Pile them high on a sandwich or eat them plain for a simple summer snack.
If you are still searching for the perfect no-hassle appetizer for your upcoming Fourth of July backyard bash, look no further. My Bizzy Kitchen’s Grilled Cherry Salsa is the perfect pre-barbecue dip. Made with grilled cherries, tomatoes, jalapeño, lime juice and cilantro, the salsa is fresh, easy to make, and combines the perfect pair of sweet and savory tastes. Grab your favorite tortilla chips and start dipping!
Adults delight in Baker Royale’s Margarita Popsicles made with honeydew, cucumber, and tequila. Sweet yet refreshing, these summertime sensations are perfect for backyard barbecues and other outdoor festivities.
Although lamb is often considered a winter indulgence, Kiss My Spatula turns this misconception on its head with her Rosemary Lamb Popsicles. Marinated in fresh herbs and topped with a mint, garlic, and lemon peel gremolata, this dish screams summertime fresh.
As we approach Memorial Day, what better fresh and fast dish to conjure in your backyards than Veggie Belly‘s grilled eggplant, halloumi and pesto burger. A healthy and delectable alternative to the traditional holiday hamburger, this grilled, vegetarian take on the American classic highlights the best of nature’s bounty. Eat it with a slice of juicy watermelon or an ice cold beer.
Clean out your stock of winter squash with this warm and decadent Pumpkin Soup with Chocolate & Chipotle. Local Kitchen starts by roasting pumpkin with garlic and onion, and then blending with chicken stock and ground chipotle for a smoky, creamy purée. The inviting flavors are amplified by a liberal dousing of shaved chocolate for a sweet finale.
This vibrant Mango Salsa from Make It Naked bursts with fruit juices and fresh herbs. Creamy chunks of avocado and ripe mango are mixed together with tomato, cilantro, and onion in a tropical balance of sweet and tangy flavors. Serve this eye-catching topping with your choice of meat or seafood, or as a stand-alone chip dip.
This triple-decker Chocolate-Berry Ice Cream Cake by Pip & Ebby is a sweet combination of store-bought sorbet and homemade cake. The rich chocolate base is frozen with a thick layer of vanilla ice cream mixed with fresh blackberries and pink raspberry sorbet. A final flourish of plump blackberries decorates the top of this creamy cool cake.
Wild Mushroom and Crescenza Pizza by Turntable Kitchen features an alluring combination of earthy wild mushrooms and fresh Crescenza cheese. The woodsy flavor of the mushrooms is a delicate balance against the creamy Italian cheese, melted atop a rustic pizza crust. A final topping of parsley, olive oil, and freshly grated Parmesan rounds out this irresistible pie.
A pretty platter of Sesame-Infused Shrimp and Avocado Salad by Food Nouveau is a healthy and refreshing snack boasting bright, sharp flavors. The shrimp is first sautéed before marinating in lime juice with sesame oil, jalapeños, green onions, and sea salt. Fold in cubes of creamy avocado and serve on fresh endive leaves to complete this delicate dish.
Revamp a ballgame snack into a devilishly decadent dessert with Peanut and Cracker Jack Ice Cream from 1 Fine Cookie. The salty peanuts and sweet caramel corn lend texture and crunch to creamy vanilla bean ice cream. As if that weren’t enough, the ice cream is then coated with a smooth dulce de leche and piled atop a chocolate-dipped cone rolled in Cracker Jacks.