From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Melon coolers: blend cantaloupe, watermelon, ice. Enjoy.
2. Rhubarb snacking cake from Smitten Kitchen (my fave food blogger)
3. Heidi Swanson's Broccoli and Mung Bean salad with tempeh- mung beans and tempeh were new to me, but they are new staples around here! so good!
4. Perfect hummus, from Peas and Thank You cookbook.
5. We hosted a 4th of July brunch and I made strata (Heidi Swanson's recipe) and vegan blueberry streusel muffins (Peas and Thank You recipe)- both turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.
1. Peach and gorgonzola pizza: please, go make this now. I still dream about this pizza.
2. Ratatouille Barley Salad- I am all for one bowl meals! easy and delicious way to cook up all of summer's produce.
3. Simple bruschetta: this is how I make bruschetta after watching the chefs at Pasta Pomodoro (where I waitressed in high school/college) make it for years: brush bread with olive oil, toast, rub with garlic clove. Dice the freshest, reddest, juiciest tomatoes you can find. Mix with salt and chopped basil. Combine. Savor. with a glass of chilled pinot grigio preferably :)
5. Teriyaki Tofu from Peas and Thank You cookbook.
6. Nicky's Bruschetta: similar to the simple version I described above, but instead spread goat cheese on the toasts, and top with slow roasted cherry tomatoes. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
7. Martha's Coconut Cake. Of course Martha always does cakes right. And I have been on a coconut kick lately. This one is dense and sweet, yet light and flavorful. I made it to celebrate my Uncle's birthday when we had him over for dinner.
As summer is winding down, the hubs and I are savoring the last of the farmer's market tomatoes, and looking forward to warmer, heartier meals to get us through our first Midwest fall and winter!