Summer Cooking

I neglected my Weekend Cooking posts for most of the summer but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t cooking!  I had the great fortune of having friends and family staying with us which meant I was able to draft menu plans keeping in mind my guests preferences (ages ranged from 8 to 80 years old), some dietary intolerances (read: gluten) and get creative so as to leverage the summer produce. 

I did not have a camera on hand all the time e.g. my pictures for my daily baking classes with my nieces but we did capture a good bit.  Here are some of the highlights.

Summer Salads: Of course, we were blessed tasty produce all summer. I started to invent more ways to use lettuce, zucchini, beets and corn.

Zucchini Batons with Pecorino, Basil and Crushed Almonds
Beet and Apple Salad with Pecorino and Pistachio
Corn Salad with Tomato, Cucumber and Feta
Beet, Grapefruit and Avocado with Basil Salad
Lettuce Salad with Shallot-Mustard Dressing
Fresh Pico de Gallo with Blue Corn Chips

Baked Goods: Here are some snapshots of my contributions to Independence Day and neighborhood parties, and baking with my nieces.

Independence Day Treats: Homemade Twinkies and Mini-Lemon Cupcakes
Coffee Cake with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Topping
Cornbread with Honey Butter
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Warm Dishes: I missed Asian food so made a few on my own over the summer. I also loved using the fresh summer produce simply mixed in with pasta.

Matcha Soba with Vegetable Tempura
Mixed Tempura (Eggplant, Zucchini, Carrots, Onion, Shiitake)
Fried Wontons with Cream Cheese and Chives
Farfalle with Corn and Feta
Mixed Grill: Halibut, Hot Italian Sausages, Green Peppers and Vidalia Onions
Beef Gyoza with Steamed Rice

Cold Dishes: I don’t know how many Caprese sandwiches I ate this summer but no other sandwiches seemed to exist when fresh tomato and basil were in such abundance. I also loved using cucumbers in maki rolls (again, sating the Asian food craving).

Baguette with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil and Olive Oil
Kappa Maki and Miso Soup

I can’t wait for fall!