Saturday, August 20, 2011

Blueberry Vodka / Blueberry Lemonade Martini

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were standing in line at Mad Hatter deli in Burlington and talking to the owner about the ridiculous costs of blueberries at the Burlington Farmer's Market.  The owner mentioned that he took his family to pick their own blueberries the previous weekend, and I let it slip that I'd never gone blueberry picking.  And hence, we decided that it was long overdue.

It's not as though I've avoided going berry picking, but it wasn't one of those common summer activities in the homes of my childhood (northern Texas and central Illinois).  I actually think it's a great idea: pick the berries you want - I like the smaller, more tart ones - and save a few bucks in the process by doing some of the farmers' work.  So we made it out to Pelkey's U-Pick Berries over in Charlotte, VT, and picked away.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Simple Fish Stew (Tegamaccio)

There's been a rainy chill in the air the past few days, which seemed to prompt declarations that the end of summer is here across the worlds of social media. I beg to differ, and I think that my favorite part of summer is just barely approaching. Picture it: the days are warm, sometimes sunny and sometimes not, but the nights have a chill to them that makes you reach for a light sweater. The leaves haven't changed yet and it still feels right to reach for a bottle of white wine over red. It's summer soup weather.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Orange Cheesecake Bites

Here's a great summer one-bite dessert that's ideal for passing around at summer BBQ's and parties.  I love making tiny cheesecakes, particularly in the summer, because they cook considerably quicker than a large cheesecake.  Granted, filling each little mini-muffin cup does take a bit of time, but it's time that can be spent without the oven on.  The brief oven time also means that the filling doesn't have much of an opportunity to dry out.