Just because summer is “officially” over with the coming and going of Labor Day, doesn’t mean you have to immediately stop making your favorite summer foods. Summer doesn’t really end until September 21st so we still have a few weeks to make all the barbecue, fruit cobblers and potato salads that we didn’t get a chance to all throughout June, July and August!
Right now I am mourning the end of summer. It’ll take me a few weeks to accept the return of Autumn and get excited to bake Pumpkin bread, enjoy the leaves changing colors and break out some warmer clothing. But not yet, please, nature! I needed some super summer recipes badly, and this cupcake was the ultimate pick-me-up. A birthday request, it used seasonal ingredients that were readily available at the market: sweet, plump figs and beautiful, green heirloom tomatoes. I cried a little bit on the inside when I had to puree the tomatoes up–they were so pretty!
Now that summer is here, I have been so inspired by all of the beautiful fruit I’ve been seeing at the market. I’m especially excited for the return of my favorite farmer’s market where there lots of fruit, and more importantly, lots of cheese.
I found this recipe for raspberry buttermilk cake and was foaming at the mouth. It was the perfect first fruit cake of the summer and so surprisingly easy to make! More times than not, I am a raging lunatic in the kitchen but preparation for this cake was seamless and it so fun to make!
I love eggplant parmigiana so much that I make my “lighter” version of it at least once a month…except each time I seem to add more and more mozzarella cheese which is kinda wrong considering its name. Oh well.
I really have the uncanny ability to take any semi-healthy recipe and turn it on its head. Super healthy, like boarding on crazy healthy, people the world-over would be horrified at how much dressing I add to salads, how I over-salt everything and how immediately after eating anything remotely good for me, will probably find some chocolate to have for a snack. But I still try to eat right…when I’m not planning a great eggplant parm dinner!