Today is the day I have been waiting for ever since the start of fall last year. It’s the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere…my absolute favorite season! 😀 To that first dip in the swimming pool to the last drippy ice cream cone of the season-I love it! Summer is also my favorite time of year to indulge in some of my favorite foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are readily available at the local farmers markets just waiting to be prepared into a delicious dessert or main dish. To celebrate the start of my favorite season I thought it would be only fitting to share with you some of my best-loved summer recipes. 😀
This satisfying Corn Chowder makes the most of sweet, fresh summer corn. Made with fresh corn, redskin potatoes, bacon, onions and corn milk this chowder is destined to become a favorite with your family. The secret ingredient in this chowder is corn milk that you actually get by “milking the corn”. By taking the back side of a butter knife and scraping off the remaining pulp on a corn cob you get that sweet milky substance that is added to the chowder and allows the fresh corn flavor to shine through.
Peaches and Cream Whoopie Pies with a heavenly peach cream cheese filling sandwiched in between. Fresh peaches are pureed and added not only to the whoopie pie batter but also the cream cheese filling giving you a double dose of peachy goodness.
Almost every night during the summer you can find Andrew and me grilling out in our backyard. This recipe for peach and apple salsa is one of my favorite to pair with grilled chicken. Juicy peaches, tart apples, sweet honey, cinnamon, and cilantro are combined to create an amazing summer salsa that’s a wonderful accompaniment to many grilled meats.
Chewy, fudgy triple chocolate brownies studded with chocolate chunks and fresh cherries. So rich, chocolately, and delicious! A splash of cherry flavoring takes these brownies over the top. Pair with a scoop of ice cream for an indulgent summer treat.
This savory tart is filled with warm goat cheese and fresh basil, topped with yellow squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and red onions. By using summer vegetables from your garden you can create this savory and impressive summer vegetable tart. With the abundance of the gorgeous produce that summer brings what are you waiting for?
These peach crumble bars are one of the easiest summer desserts you can make and are perfect to bring to a summer get together. A thick and buttery bottom layer is smeared with a sweet peach filling and topped with a buttery crumbly topping. Seriously, I am warning you, brace yourself for some dangerously addicting sweet peachy goodness!
This tender, creamy custard has lots of corn flavor from the combination of whole and grated kernels, as well as the “milk” of the corn. The sweet corn milk in the pudding makes the fresh corn flavor shine through. Cooking the pudding in a water bath gives the pudding a light, smooth, tender texture.
Sugar crusted, melt in your mouth cookies packed with fresh blueberries are the stuff dreams are made of!
Delicious tilapia ceviche marinated in spicy citrus juices and served chilled with fresh avocado, mango, and cilantro. Ceviche is easy to make and can be served as the main course or a fabulous appetizer for a hot summer day. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping or in crispy tortilla shells as ceviche tacos.
Nothing says summer quite like a s’more! Graham Cracker S’mores Cookies with a graham cracker base, topped with a chocolate chip marshmallow cookie and chopped Hershey’s bars on top. If you are a fan of s’mores, watch out! These are incredible!
Get your summer party started with these amazing coconut shrimp! Light and crispy coconut shrimp served with a refreshing orange marmalade dipping sauce that will transport you right to the islands.
Three of my favorite summer berries come together in this mouth watering triple berry pie.
Every time I bite into one of these street tacos I am immediately transported to Key West. Seasoned pork butt is slow roasted in a citrus marinade of lime and orange juices then removed from the pot to reduce and thicken the marinade into a thick, syrupy glaze. The glaze is then poured over the roasted pork and broiled until lightly crisped and caramelized.
Homemade ice cream speckled with chunks of luscious strawberries and a hint of lemon make this summer dessert completely irresistible!
A crunchy cornmeal crust is filled with a cheesy caramelized onion filling and topped with heirloom tomatoes of all sizes and colors. This pie is a wonderful way to savor tomatoes while they are at their very best.
Here is one of my favorite summer desserts to make. Not only is it visually striking but with each bite you get a mouthful of crumbly crust, rich silky pastry cream, and juicy ripe fruit. It’s a simple and elegant way to turn summer fruits into a beautiful dessert that looks like you spent hours making it!
If you try any of these summer recipes I would love to hear how they turn out for you! Drop me a comment and let me know here or you can even upload a picture over on the Facebook Fan Page for Sweet Pea’s Kitchen!
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