Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Aug

8

2016

Caramelized Peach Chess Pie

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Oh, how I love pie. I think I like it more than cake. That’s a toss up when it comes to someone like me who admittedly has a penchant for sweets. I really do try to balance an adoration for sugar with fruits, vegetables and grains, which makes every dessert indulgence worth the rush. In late June, I made a couple of pies for my grandmother, and my crust recipe yielded three balls of dough, not just two. With an extra homemade crust in the freezer, I decided to make a pie for July 4th weekend. It’s summer, and a fruit pie is always welcome at the table. With a bag of frozen peaches on hand as well, I knew exactly what to do with this one.

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Jun

23

2015

Manchego, Cotija and Chorizo Queso

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We’re well into summer thanks to the glorious seasonal kick off associated with Memorial Day weekend, as well as the recent Summer Solstice. This post is all about one of the dishes I ate and made at the end of May. It’s a throwback kind of post, but the true star is a cheesey side dish that you will want to replicate. It was actually one of many dishes I prepared for the weekend, and it was definitely a favorite. Despite taco trucks and grilled burgers, it was a queso dip that stole a few hearts.

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May

19

2015

Buttermilk Ice Cream with Blackberry Tarragon Compote

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My torturous relationship with dessert continues with this batch of ice cream and a fruit topping to go with it. I didn’t plan for these two to go together, but I’m happy they were a match. The ice cream is rich and, well, creamy. Super thick–almost like a custard. The compote on top is also rich, from the natural sugars in the fruit, but it also has a light tang that echoes the characteristic flavor of buttermilk. So when you put the two together…it’s just the right combo.

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Aug

30

2013

Simply Refreshing

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Cucumber Sorbet

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This is one of those recipes that came to life while being slightly intoxicated. I was enjoying a simple cucumber vodka and soda cocktail at home — several months ago Chrystal and I discovered Effen Cucumber Vokda at a tasting event, so I always grab a bottle when I see it at the store…it’s that good! Halfway through my refreshing libation, I had a sudden thought to translate this glorious drink somehow into a dish. It’s summer and sunny, I remember thinking, so a sorbet seemed perfect. The next moment, I was taking a quick stroll to my corner liquor store to get some airplane-sized bottles of Effen Cucumber Vodka.

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May

30

2013

Leaning into Summer

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Smoked Salmon and Prosciutto Toasts

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Leaning into Summer

Last weekend, I celebrated a friend’s birthday at Malibu Wines Tasting Room. A dozen friends and I ventured to the Santa Monica Mountains, where we sipped vino under the bright sun and toasted to the coming summer. Of course, as well, we ate! Each person brought an array light nipplets to share with the group. We passed around thin slices of mortadella, stuffed gourmet olives, and strawberries dipped in goat cheese among other things. Of course, I had to bring something too. My contribution to our afternoon, birthday picnic would be an oversized crostini featuring smoked salmon and avocado.

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Jun

25

2012

Hebrew National Hot Dog Fiesta

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Mexican Chorizo Chili, Indian Red Pepper Chutney, Moroccan Makfoul, Bacon Jam,

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Hebrew National Hot Dog Fiesta

Summer is officially on!  The time has come to bring out the charcoal, strike a few matches, and light up the grill.  To help ring in the summer, we teamed with Hebrew National Hot Dogs to throw a grilled hot dog party.

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Sep

5

2011

Your Lazy Fast Pass

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Strawberry White Balsamic Ice Cream

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Today seemed like a good day to talk about ice cream. Not because of the holiday and not because of the summer weather. Mostly because there hasn’t been an ice cream post on this site in the longest time. Last August, there was a Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups based on one of Alton Brown’s recipes. That one was rich, smooth and creamy due to the chocolate of course, but also half a dozen egg yolks. Just imagine. This summer, there have been a few successful ice creams churned in the kitchen that do not include eggs. Yes, you can whisk together an eggless ice cream base in seconds, churn it in minutes and eat it not long afterwards. It is the best way to have homemade ice cream in no time if you’re feeling somewhat lazy. Surely, someone knows that being lazy can result in glorious results.

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Oct

7

2010

Belated Goodbye to Summer

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Black Bean and Corn Tostadas

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Black Bean and Corn Tostada

It’s October, and we can officially say that the summer sun is behind us. Perhaps. You see, here in Los Angeles, it was up to 113 degrees into the last week of September. While the rest of you had already put away bathing suits and pulled out jackets, we were standing in front of air conditioners set to full blast. There were power outages across town. Popsicles were eaten with wild abandon. It was, without a doubt, stiflingly hot. If you do not live in Southern California, it may be difficult to understand, but it is true! It’s difficult to heat up an oven or stand over a bubbling pot when the temperatures are rising at such rates. In less than a week, the mercury-filled thermometers have dropped at least 20-30 degrees, and now October’s serving up chilly, gray, rainy days. It looks like summer is gone, but who knows. The weather monster does like to pull tricks on us. While we wait for him to let us know his next move, check out one of the last summer perfect recipes in our repertoire.

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Aug

9

2010

Dusting It Off

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Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups

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Dusting It Off

We both have automatic ice cream makers ready to go in our cabinets. Up until now, though, they’ve been just been chilling on the shelves, collecting dust. We were so excited when we each got ours, but after churning one or two varieties of homemade ice cream, for whatever reason the batches just stopped coming. Recently, we’ve come to our senses, brushed off the gadgets, rolled up our sleeves and got to work. It’s summertime for crying out loud! We could be enjoying homemade frozen yogurts, fresh sorbets, and endless ice cream flavors. No more excuses.

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May

6

2010

Just Sweet Enough

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Caramelized Pineapples

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Just Sweet Enough

Summer isn’t quite here yet, but the weather’s very strange right now, so most of us probably feel like we missed half of the spring season. Under these strange circumstances, let’s pretend that we are now well into summer. The hot, hazy days feel great when you end them with a light dessert. Pineapples are great on their own, but they could always use a little something to spice them up. One technique that truly makes the sweet nature of a pineapple sing is the flambé. Dash a bit of liquor over a hot flame, and you’ll have caramelized pineapples for everyone to enjoy.

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