Saturday Swoon | Summer Recipes

My mouth is having a party just thinking about all these delicious summer flavors!  From around the web, we found a couple you might enjoy.

Blackberry Sweet Tea

3 family-size tea bags (or 10 regular)
6 cups water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup blackberries
sliced lemon, for garnish
fresh mint, for garnish

Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan. Once you have a rolling boil, dunk in the tea bags a few times to get wet, and remove from heat. Let tea bags steep 1 hour.

Remove tea bags and pour in sugar, stirring well until dissolved. Pour into a glass pitcher, and add remaining water.

Puree blackberries and add them to the tea, stirring to combine.

Serve in glasses filled with ice, and garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados

  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or ciabatta bread (or use a gluten free loaf if needed), sliced
  • 2 large ripe, but firm avocados, peeled, pitted + sliced
  • olive oil (enough to drizzle over bread slices and avocados)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces burrata cheese (or use fresh sliced mozzarella)
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 4-6 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Balsamic Drizzle
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)

5 Variations

1. BACON-CHEDDAR: Spread low-fat mayonnaise on still warm corn. Roll in 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese and 5 strips cooked bacon, chopped.

2. MEXICAN-STYLE STREET CORN: Spread low-fat mayonnaise on still warm corn. Roll in 1/2 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese. Sprinkle with chile powder. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing.

3. PIZZAIOLA SPREAD: Grate 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded, using a coarse box grater; strain and press out all excess liquid. Stir in 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, 1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread on corn.

4. TOASTED SESAME BUTTER: Stir together 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened; 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds; 1/2 teapsoon finely chopped cilantro; and 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil. Spread on corn; sprinkle with more sesame seeds.

5. GARLIC–OLD BAY BUTTER: Stir together 4 tablesoons salted butter, softened; 1 small clove garlic, pressed; and 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning. Spread on corn; sprinkle with more Old Bay seasoning, if desired.

Gathering | Summer Tablescape

An elegant dinner party for friends.  Sounds delish, right?  It is. And, you can totally pull it off tonight. (Okay, you can wait until the next Friday rolls around.)  How do you bring the fancy, fast and without a fuss?  Answer: orchids.  A lovely orchid arrangement as a centerpiece is always a showstopper.  We went all out orchid and dressed up our table in our Nouveau  cloth with coordinating napkins in white and that fabulous shade of pinky-rose.  Layer in simple white plates, fine silver and a variety of interesting glassware.   An elegant tablescape needs nothing more than that.  Just add your classy friends, some fine wine and a thoughtfully prepared meal.  Voila!