Fourth of July is all about the grill. When it comes to this summer holiday, I like to put the grill in full force and go as much of my party menu on the grates as possible. This “salad” started as a salsa, but I (and many others) felt it was so good that just I had to start eating it all by itself. The grill caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruits and lends a smoky flavor to the peppers. Whether it’s served with chips, vegetables, or even a spoon and fork, this honestly is the perfect summer party food. You simply must have this at your Fourth party!
Thankfully, I think it’s impossible to run out of cookie recipes! I love trying out new cookies: some evoke comforting memories, others are fresh and summer-like, and still others are spicy and reminiscent of autumn. One that I think everyone finds themselves craving no matter the time of year is a fudgy chocolate cookie. You know what kind I mean? One that’s finished with white and dark chocolate chips, slightly crisp on the edges but soft and fudgy in the center. Is your mouth watering yet!?
By now, you’re probably starting to think I’m a rhubarb fanatic. Truthfully – I am! I have come to learn that not everyone (apparently) grew up with a large patch of this tart, but almost entirely dessert item. I love it and every way I try to use it, I end up wanting more. So I will apologize if this is new for you, but bear with me for just one last recipe (this year at least)!
When I put together this bar, I wanted something that encompassed the flavor of a crumble but had the texture of a bar. And I think I nailed it, if I do say so myself. The crust is slightly pressed in, a rhubarb jam fills the middle, and then a delicious streusel crumble tops it off!
We haven’t had a pie for a while on The Farm, but one of my goals is to always have crusts ready to go in the freezer (just in case). Preparing crusts ahead of time makes for such an easy dessert. You just throw the filling together and put into a prepared crust and voila: you have a show stopping dessert! Honestly, people don’t make pie enough anymore. Pie used to be that common denominator that brought friends and family together. Now we think it takes too much time! (Ok, ok, I’ll step down from my soap box.)
This is a delicious and unique rhubarb pie. With the addition of crystalized ginger, there is a spice-like undertone that keeps you coming back for more. And did I mention an over-the-top streusel topping!?