While I’m accustomed to canning for long-term storage, I realize not everyone is. Water bathing or pressure canning can seem overwhelming and time consuming. Fridge pickles are the answer! You can throw together a brine, cut some onion and cucumbers and you have pickles! Just store in the fridge and you’ll have crunchy, amazing pickles to enjoy. This is a great way to start preserving if you are new to the idea or, like me, if you just love anything pickled!
Ok, so either time really does go by quickly or I am getting older because can you believe it is back-to-school time already?! Summer goes by so quickly and that’s partly due to how busy I am during the season. It just seems to fly by! During the summer I always look forward to my sister and her family visiting. Living on the East Coast, I don’t get to see my nieces and nephew near enough so it is always such an exciting time to look forward to. I was so excited to make a video with the girls this year! Kaidence is starting kindergarten and I thought that showing her a simple cookie for lunches would be perfect. These are a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen!
Pesto is so versatile: throw it on hot or cold pasta, toss with grilled vegetables, or even whisk into your favorite vinaigrette. Honestly, the possibilities seem endless. It seems like I’m continuously throwing together a pesto during the summer or freezing batches to use throughout the winter. I love the fresh herb flavors and love to dream up unique ways to use it. We are all accustomed to basil pesto and it is always a winner, but I also love branching out and trying new flavors. Every herb can have unique pairings of nuts that create a pesto worthy of your next dish. Here are three of my favorites.
Summer gives us endless opportunities to enjoy fresh tomatoes. Whether you grow them yourself or find the opportunity to walk through your local farmer’s markets, mounds and mounds of delicious tomatoes are ripe and ready for so many uses. Honestly, I can just slice and eat them for a meal on their own but I also love using them in tarts, salads, sauces, soups and sandwiches. While I love a tart made with a pate sucre (a French all-purpose pastry or tart crust), sometimes a quick and more summer-friendly alternative is in order. This “tart” cheats slightly on the crust but produces a delicious tart worthy of any entertaining summer brings!