As painful as it may be to accept, the last days of summer are upon us; it’s not even September yet and we’re already waking up to 55ºF mornings here in Syracuse. It’s always a little sad to say “see ya later” to summer, but I for one am ready for sweater weather and weekend hikes through crunchy orange leaves. And don’t forget all that fall baking! I’ll take anything and everything with cinnamon, plzzz.
Since the abundance of local summer produce will start to dwindle soon, too (well, at least here in the northeast), I figured now is the perfect time to round up some of my best summer recipes. Labor Day is a great opportunity to celebrate all those juicy tomatoes, sweet peaches, fragrant herbs, and more. Whether you’re hosting/attending a party this weekend, or just enjoying quiet time at home, give one of these a go.
This savory galette turns humble plum tomatoes into a work of art by housing them in a flaky buttery crust and giving their flavors time to concentrate in the oven. Aside from tomatoes, think of this dough as a template for any summer fruit or vegetable. In the mood for a sweet version? Toss some sliced stone fruit (think plums and peaches) with a few tablespoons of sugar and a dusting of flour and enjoy a fruit galette instead. The possibilities are endless.
This all-yellow-everything salad has been my go-to all summer long. It goes perfectly with potlucks, outdoor cookouts, and bottomless rosé.
These flatbreads have been my starch of choice for many a brunch/dinner party and they’re always a major hit with guests. They’re crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and packed with fragrant dill and scallions and briny feta. Made with a kefir-based dough, they are ideal for fellow yeast dough-averse cooks like me.
These tropical-tasting vegan popsicles are the perfect punctuation mark for barbecues and outdoor gatherings.
For this dish I dress up store-bought gnocchi with fresh herbs and vegetables and lots of freshly ground black pepper. It’s as perfect for date night as it is for picnics (yes, you can eat this at room temperature).
There may not be any seasonal produce in this cocktail, but it sure does taste like a beach vacation in a glass.