"Some of the best memories are made in flip flops."
It's almost a week into October, and we're experiencing Indian summer here in NYC. Below are photos and links of some previously unposted summer recipes. I meant to do this over a month ago; better late than never, right? I haven't cooked in a while, but I'm trying to get back into it just in time for the warming recipes of fall and winter.
Fresh Fruits and Summer Sweets
In July's "Summer Family Weekend Trip" I showed my strawberry-rhubarb jam, which was actually the third fruit jam I made over the summer. Before that, I had made peach jam and blueberry jam, which are shown below along with other fruity or sweet treats.
|Instapic before the jam-making commenced|
|Peach jam in process|
|Easy peach jam|
|Blueberry jam in process|
|Easy blueberry jam|
|Blueberry almond streusel galette|
|I baked this galette for a 4th of July party|
|Lemon blueberry pudding cookies in process|
|Lemon blueberry pudding cookies|
|Almond bread in process|
|Later, using my almond bread for French toast|
|Meyer lemon pound cake in process|
|Meyer lemon pound cake|
|Using berries we picked for berry summer pudding|
The first salad, heirloom tomato caprese, was so fresh and tasty that I quickly found another recipe that included juicy summer watermelon. The orange and arugula salad would be good any time of the year -- especially in the colder months when citrus is at its peak.
|Heirloom tomato caprese salad|
|Watermelon caprese salad|
|Orange and arugula salad|
|Avocado egg salad|
|Neiman Marcus chicken salad|
Sam made 2 kinds of chicken tacos this summer: cilantro-lime and tomato-braised. The cilantro-lime tacos were grilled, and the tomato-braised tacos were cooked in a skillet and shredded. Both were really good, but I think we liked the tomato-braised a little more.
|Cilantro & lime chicken tacos|
|Tomato-braised chicken tacos|
On the "Grill"
Like the cilantro-lime chicken tacos above, other meals that called for grilling were cooked on our panini pan, and that's how we'll have to do it until we have a bigger place or outdoor space!
|Grilled balsamic salmon kabobs|
|Buttermilk chicken kebabs with chopped salad|
|Ginger tofu kebabs with bok choy and soba salad|
Pasta, Seafood, and More
The following meals -- which don't quite fit into the other categories -- include soup, pastas, a turkey burger, and baked salmon.
|Winter tomato soup|
|One pot wonder tomato basil pasta|
|Spicy turkey and zucchini burger|
|Linguini with shrimp and olive tapenade (gift from France)|
|Baked salmon with garlic and dijon|
Summer Meals by Local Restaurants
We've lived in Brooklyn for 16 months now, and there are still so many nearby restaurants we haven't tried yet. Lots of new places have opened up, and 3 of the restaurants we went to last summer have since closed down: Carlton Park, which was replaced by Ideya; Five Guys, which was replaced by Starbucks; and Moutarde, which was replaced by Le Pain Quotidien.
American/Bar Food: Melt, Pork Slope
Burgers: The Burger Bistro
Chinese: New China Tung
Chocolate/Desserts: The Chocolate Room
Colombian: Colombia in Park Slope
Indian: India House
Italian/Spanish/Portuguese: Convivium Osteria
Italian Sandwiches: Zito's Sandwich Shoppe
Japanese/Asian: Amber Sushi, Kiku Asian Bistro
Seafood: Crab Spot Restaurant
Vietnamese: Ha Noi
As much as I love summer, I'm ready to put away the flip flops and really begin a new season. Fall brings crisp air, cozy sweaters, breathtaking foliage, more baking, everything apple and pumpkin, football games, Halloween, Thanksgiving, the build-up to Christmas... What's your favorite thing about autumn?