Marcus Samuelsson lends his name to a wonderful food blog. I encourage you to check it out: Marcus Samuelsson food blog. The most recent post is titled “The Best Seasonal Recipes for August” by Christopher Stewart, Aug 8, 2013. (check out that salad above…how delicious does that look?!?) Some of the recipes from his blog may be a bit out there for most accounts, but the list of seasonal items that we should be offering & eating now is spot on! Here are a few of my suggestions for recipes we can use in just about any account!
Tomatoes – Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn & Green Chiles Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho…or ANY Gazpacho!!
Blackberries – Blackberry Spinach Salad Also, Check out the Cheftec recipe for Berry Cobbler…it’s super easy & delicious!
Raspberries – Raspberry Lemonade Quinoa Pilaf with Raspberries And of course, that Cheftec Cobbler recipe!
Peaches – Blackberry Peach Coffee Cake Double bonus! Grilled Peaches with Blackberry Basil Butter TRIPLE bonus!!!
Watermelon – Watermelon-Peach Salsa with Tomatoes One of Rie’s favorites Watermelon Feta Salad
Celery – ok…not so many great recipes out there featuring Celery, but it’s certainly a star as a back up performer! Chicken Salad, Chicken Noodle Soup, Potato Salad, Jambalaya, etc just wouldn’t be the same with out!
Cantaloupe – Spinach Cantaloupe Salad with Mint
In Cheftec – Rebecca’s Chilled Cantaloupe Coconut Lime Soup Yummmmmmm
Garlic – …see celery above….
Plums – Chicken Breasts with Plum Salsa Try some of the many ‘old fashioned’ style desserts too…Plum Buckle, Plum Crisp, Plum Clafouti. They’re all similar, kind of different variations on the cobbler, and all delicious!
Potatoes – There are just WAAAY too many to choose from! One of my faves, that uses many of these seasonal ingredients, is a Nicoise salad. Use any type of seafood…tho it’s traditionally made with tuna (albacore canned or try the Ahi Tuna Pieces from PFG!) It’s got tomatoes, potatoes, green beans & garlic! Works really well as an action station!
Tomatillos -Ok, this one was tough for me because I’m not very fond of tomatillos. However, lots of folks are, so try these recipes: White Bean Chicken Chili (use FRESH tomatillos in it!) Add Roasted Tomatillo & Garlic Salsa to your next Mexican food bar!