Greetings to all the foodies out there!
It’s hard for me to believe that there’s only about a month until the calendar once again turns to Autumn. To help me celebrate the offerings of the current season, I’ve decided to periodically post a collection of favorite recipes that I adore and I hope you will too.
To kick things off – I bring you the Summer berry edition. Enjoy!
I’m still waiting for the day that a strawberry recipe is going to disappoint me. Even this low-key strawberry cake got rave reviews when I baked it up for an Easter family gathering. Ever since that meal, it’s been put on the permanent list of items I MUST bake again!
Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Fruit
Some of my favorite food items are from breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day after all! Even if I was skeptical how much I’d enjoy a quinoa breakfast cereal at first, the taste of this dish won me over. Plus, it’s low-fat, gluten-free, lactose-free, and a very healthy oatmeal alternative.
Fresh Fruit Tart
This fruit tart has a special place in my heart. You see, I was on a mission when I started baking them and only until my third iteration did I taste success (quite literally). A couple of years later, this is still my go-to recipe for a lighter dessert for fruit lovers. It’s a show stopper and the compliments always flow!
“Oh, what is it?” my husband wondered looking at the glass filled with fruit and whipped topping.
“A fool, ” I answered.
“Are you calling it a fool or me a fool?” he asked.
I suppose that was a valid question and yes, I was calling the dessert a fool because that’s exactly what it was, a mixed berry fool. For answers about that name, I’m going to have to question the English about it because this sweet is their creation.
A fool is basically a no-bake, fruit filled delight and I’ve been all about the no-bake foods lately since it’s been so warm in my part of the country. Plus, I really wanted to take advantage of all the yummy Summer berries before they’re gone for the season.
I think most people will agree with me when I say that bacon makes everything better. Let me clarify – bacon makes most dishes better by adding richness and a smoky, salty goodness. There has however been an abundance of bacon flavored products that have surfaced over the last few years and some are a little questionable.
Bacon toothpaste? I’ll stick with mint. Bacon vodka? No, thanks. But bacon in German potato salad? Oh ja!
As you can tell I’ve still been riding the German food wave that I caught about a month ago. When I came across this recipe for potato salad, I knew I had to try it because one, it’s German and two, bacon.
As you can see, I’ve been on a huge berry baking binge. The fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are all over the grocery markets and they are near impossible for me to resist. And why should I? I love the taste of sweet berries just by themselves and they’re even better on top a fantastic baked dessert or snack.
I have to give my husband credit for choosing this recipe. I actually gave him a choice as I was contemplating dessert for our small Easter get together. I asked him if he preferred a chocolate or a fruit dessert, knowing full well that he’s a choc-a-holic and fully expecting him to choose the former. I was surprised when he told me he felt like fruit and strawberries sounded delicious. Done deal!
Ah, s’mores. If you’re into chocolate and marshmallows, it’s the quintessential Summer treat. I started to reminisce about my childhood summers that I spent camping on the beach in Hawaii and that’s what got me thinking of s’mores. I love them especially when the marshmallow gets slightly singed by the fire and then melts the chocolate ever so slightly – yum!
My problem is that I don’t go camping nearly enough or have access to an open flame to make those authentic campfire s’mores. There had to be some variation out there that I could make out of my oven in the comfort of suburbia. I introduced myself to s’more cookies.