August has traditionally been a vacation month for my family. My parents, along with many New Yorkers, use August as a time to escape the pavement and retreat to the beach. August is also the time when many retailers begin to advertise for the back to school shopping season. Even though there is still plenty of sweet summer left, in the back of our minds we are already looking ahead to September. There are still a few weeks left though! And in that spirit, here are ten summer recipes to enjoy before the air gets cooler and we say so long to the sweet fruits of summer.
Craving something warm, yet refreshing for those crisp August evenings? The Sea Bass Nicoise with Saffron Tomato Jus hits the mark. If you have a few extra tomatoes lying around use them to make the saffron tomato jus that will compliment the freshness of the sea bass. It’s the simple pleasures that really define summer for me. A juicy, perfectly ripe tomato begs to be shone off in an equally appetizing salad. The Heirloom Tomato Salad with Crispy Salmon Skin & Seaweed Dressing would also make a great first course at your shabbos meal.
Nothing beats corn on the cob when it’s eaten at the peak of sweetness. On Long Island, that happen to be right about now, in mid-August. When it’s just family or close friends we cook up double batches of corn and pretend that not to see the circus of flying corn kernels that are involved in this spectacle. For more formal occasions, or to make a few stalks go a lot farther, try the Light Summer Corn Salsa or the Ceviche Tacos with Black Bean and Corn Salsa.
Keep the grill sizzling hot this summer with two south of the border inspired burger recipes. Swap ground beef for turkey or go meat-free with black beans, either way both the Mexican Turkey Burgers and the Black Bean Burgers with Avocado-Lime Mayonnaise turn up the heat on the classic patty.
Fish is one of those ingredients that works well with simplicity and summer is a season when I like to keep the cooking simple and really let the in-season produce shine. The Lemon and White Wine Broiled Sole could not be any simpler, while the Lettuce Wrapped John Dory is a flexible recipe that works well with most medium-sized white fishes.
The berries of early summer and stone fruit July are just delicious in late summer cobblers and crisps. While the height of ripeness has passed, the fruits are just perfect in baked goods such as the Berry Cobbler Crisp and the Southern Peach Streusel Bars.
What are some of your favorite summer recipes? Share below!