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Tag Archives | Summer 2016 Recipes

Peach and Basil Sorbet


The perfect summer dessert: a sweet chill with a peppery spike of herbal excitement. The basil is subtle but important, and the peaches must be the ripe golden beauties. (Vegan)

6 to 8 servings (a little more than a quart)

1 cup sugar
¼ cup (½ ounce) packed, sliced or chopped fresh basil leaves, plus more to taste
Sea salt or kosher salt
2 ½ pounds ripe yellow peaches, peeled and cut up (4 cups)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a small stainless steel pot and heat it gently, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.…

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Ratatouille from the Charcoal Grill


Ratatouille, the great vegetable dish of Provence, is the pure expression of those sunny fields and gardens. This is a twist on the traditional. The fresh summer vegetables that go into a classic ratatouille are given a smoky upgrade: marinated in a garlicky vinaigrette and then cooked over hot coals instead of in a pan.…

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Farmers Market Tomato Salad


When gorgeous tomatoes flood the farmers’ market all summer and fall, I choose Purple Cherokees and Brandywines, along with Early Girls, an abiding favorite. Find the tomatoes that do best in your area, the tomatoes you love, and then make this simple salad, a celebration of ripe summer flavor.…

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Raspberry Witbier Cooler


Sweet, tart raspberry liqueur melds with Belgian-style Witbier in this pretty summer cocktail. Witbier, a wheaty unfiltered ale, is produced by many breweries, including several local ones.

Makes 1 Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 ½ ounces raspberry liqueur
Juice from half a lemon
8 ounces Witbier

Sprig fresh thyme and a raspberry for garnish

In a highball glass (12 ounce), combine raspberry liqueur and lemon juice.…

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Summer Berries with Honey-Basil Whipped Cream


On a sweltering summer day, there’s nothing better than a bowl of ice-cold berries. To add a bit of elegance, top it with a cloud of cream, infused with honey and basil.

Serves 6

Prep Time: 30 minutes plus cooling time

1 cup heavy whipping cream
⅓ cup lightly packed basil, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons honey
3 cups mixed blackberries and blueberries

In a saucepan, bring cream to a simmer over medium heat.…

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Chilled Green Beans with Green Goddess Dressing


This is a gorgeous but simple side dish that screams summer. The green beans have been blanched and chilled with a flavorful creamy dressing using fresh garden herbs.

Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

1 ½ pounds green beans, ends snapped off
1 teaspoon kosher salt
⅓ cup good quality mayonnaise
⅓ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
1 anchovy fillet
1 small garlic clove
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.…

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Fireworks and Charcoal: Recipes for The Fourth



Sticky watermelon faces, flames hitting the grill, neighborhood parades and night skies glittering with fireworks—these are my favorite Fourth of July scenes. I adore this hot and humid day of celebration and usually spend it with friends around a picnic table full of deliciously grilled meats and vegetables with a cool cocktail in hand.…

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Grilled Okra


We all love fried okra, but this famous summer vegetable is even better when lightly charred by a smoky grill. The okra maintains its fresh crispness and is so flavorful that it only needs a touch of salt to serve.

Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes

2 pounds okra
2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat.…

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Chipotle and Lime Roasted Potatoes


Smoky and spicy with a fresh hint of lime, these potatoes are the perfect lively side for a Fourth of July meal.

Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

2 pounds small new potatoes, sliced in half
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided use)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 chipotle pepper packed in adobo sauce
2 teaspoons adobo sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400°F.…

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