Thursday, August 25, 2011

Late summer surprises

Simply put, some of our favorite foods taste best in late summer. Though we'd love to eat great peaches and pears all year round, they're 100-times better when served in-season during late summer. So, now's the time to buy as many as possible and use them in creative and tasty ways. Both peaches and pears can be used in sweet and savory preparations. Even without a recipe, feel free to add them to any salads you like- they'll be great.

On top of that, vegetables like broccoli and squash are peaking right now. While broccoli might be controversial- people as famous as President Bush (the first one) professed their dislike for it, it is truly delicious when cooked properly. Here, we highlight a crunchy broccoli salad from 101 Cookbooks that's sure to become a regular at your table.

Without further ado, we fired up the FoodPair recipe search engine and found a handful of great summer recipes from across the Web.

Broccoli Crunch Salad
Here's a delightfully crunchy salad that'll make everyone enjoy broccoli.
Ingredients: honey, almond, garlic, olive oil, shallot, apple, lemon juice, red onion, broccoli, almond butter

Pan-Seared Summer Squash with Basil and Lemon Vinaigrette
Summer squash comes to life when seared and served with fresh herbs.
Ingredients: summer squash, basil, olive oil, zucchini, lemon juice, lemon zest, sea salt

Pear-Pecorino Ravioli with Walnuts
This ravioli is a great savory use for pears.
Ingredients: Bartlett pear, Pecorino cheese, Mascarpone, parsley, fresh pasta, unsalted butter, walnuts, salt and pepper

Caribou-Poached Pears with Ice Cream
This dessert makes pears sing.
Ingredients: Anjou pear, cinnamon stick, egg, clove, sugar, nutmeg, pistachio, star anise, milk, whipping cream, fruity red wine, juniper berries, white rum

Individual Peach Tarte Tatins with Lemon Ice Cream
Peaches taste amazing in late summer and this dessert highlights their flavor
Ingredients: peach, sugar, water, unsalted butter, puff pastry, egg, Lemon Ice Cream

Let's get cooking!

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