Labor Day may have come and gone, but the warmth of summer hasn’t faded into the cool days of fall just yet. Even with the cooler months creeping up on us, there’s still time to fit in a few more end of summer bashes and barbecues before we eat our last heirloom tomato and put away the grill.
Summer is truly a time when the bounty at your local farmer’s market or farm stand reaches peak. Juicy peaches, huge watermelons, berries of all kinds, and vegetables in every color reach their peak in the summer months but you’ve still got a few more weeks to enjoy them before the seasons change. Celebrate the end of summer with these 10 dinner party dishes celebrating the best fruits and vegetables of the season.
Also, keep in mind; canning is another great way to enjoy the taste of summer in the fall. Former chef and food writer, Cindy Burke said “Transforming summer fruits into jeweled jars of preserves and jams feels like alchemy to me — a magical chemistry that turns the fleeting pleasure of fresh berries, peaches, and apricots into a long-lasting treat.” Learn more about the canning process here!
Invite a few friends over, make a few summer shandy cocktails, gather in the backyard, and stretch out summer just a little longer with these delicious recipes.
This rustic berry cobbler is easy to make and delicious when served with any lemon ice cream. Make dinner party prep easier by starting out with pre-made pie dough and store bought vanilla ice cream, then garnish with berries and lemon zest for the perfect summer dessert.
Blueberry, Feta and Mint Salad
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Surprise your guests with this savory dish using sweet summer blueberries. It’s the easiest salad to throw together before guests arrive, with refreshing mint to highlight the blueberries and savory, salty feta to add a new flavor dimension.