6 Things You Should Be Cooking
Friends, the time has come for this foodie to grab the hubbie and kids and head off for a little R&R. While I’m away we’ve got some great guests lined up to share their food finds and maybe a recipe or two. For this week I’ll leave you with some seasonal inspiration for things to make in the coming weeks and what you should be on the lookout for.
1. Cherries – Sweet and Sour
Sour Cherry Crisp – I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this since I wrote about it a few weeks back. It may just be my new favorite summer dessert. I used frozen pie cherries because the season hasn’t quite started here. Be on the lookout for these because when they come in they sell quickly!
Summer Cherry Salsa – This is my favorite cherry season condiment. Make it with garlic scapes for an extra special treat. Full Circle members can actually add this as a Good Food Combination to their order. Look for it in your Green Grocery.
2. Garlic Scapes
The buds of garlic plants are delicious and available now. Use these like you would a green onion, chop and sauté or check out this great Garlic Scape and White Bean Dip recipe from NY Times. Epicurious also has a fantastic Garlic Scapes and Pistachios recipe. The season is fleeting so grab ‘em when you see ‘em and enjoy.
I love this rub even more since I discovered the Alder Smoked salt from Alaska Pure Salt.
4. Fava Beans
Sure we start hearing about these in March, but around here the best favas are just beginning to be harvested. Pour yourself a glass of wine, head out to the deck and shell some to include in your next meal. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s great comfort food in summer too and is the perfect vehicle to turn summer veggies into a meal. Asparagus, pea vines and garlic scapes are all fantastic with risotto. And if you have a handful of those favas, toss the cooked beans in for a fabulous burst of flavor.
6. Tartar Slaw
This is still my favorite coleslaw recipe and I’ll be bringing it to lots of picnics this summer.