Apologies, it’s been a little quiet over here! We moved last weekend so that’s left me without my own kitchen for the next few days. I am completely reveling in the fact that I get to enjoy someone else’s cooking. And that cooking happens to be pretty wonderful (thank you Susan!).
So with no need to cook, but lots of time to plan things to cook, I’ve been focused on putting together my summer list. Many people have a summer list that involves going places and doing things outdoors. And while I do plan on soaking up as much sun as possible, what I’m most excited about is the feasting and cooking. This summer I’m really drawn to seasonal cocktails, homemade icy desserts, light dinners, and grilling anything but meat (think bread, stone fruits, pizza). Here’s what’s I’ve got lined up so far…
Homemade Ricotta What could be more fabulous than making cheese at home? Given how simple the recipe is, this one is an absolute must. I envision taking grilled slices of baguette, giving them a generous spread of ricotta, and topping it off with a slice of peach and sliver of prosciutto.
Fried Shrimp Cobb Salad I had a ridiculous Rock Shrimp Cobb salad at Columbia Firehouse last week that I am still thinking about. Since then I’ve been transfixed on how I can recreate it at home. The recipe I’ve linked to comes pretty close. I can’t wait to make this one for a dinner party.
Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles Ever since I made these, I’ve been dying to try another version of at home ice pops. Given my love for Greek yogurt, I wanted a recipe that incorporated that ingredient. I can’t wait to try blueberry and raspberry versions.
Lemonade: If there ever were beverage to make from scratch, it’s lemonade. There’s so many ways to toy with the flavors, I plan on using everything from fresh ginger to basil in my at home versions (recipe to come on this one).
Grilled Pizza: I grilled pizza for the first time last year, and oh my god was it good. The cooking process can get a little precarious so it’s crucial to keep things simple. I plan on follow Deb’s tips for grilling my pies (not to mention making pizza in general).
Ice Cream Pie: I’m really just using the warm temps as an excuse to make this one, I could go for it any time of year. I can barely stand to look at the photos without rushing to the store to gather all the ingredients and make the pie immediately.