Nothing says “summer” like fresh fruit and veggies, straight from the farmers market stand. But what’s actually in season? Comprehensive food database SeasonalFoodGuide.org has a tool
for finding what produce is currently at its peak in your home state. This guide also lets you search by calendar (see what will be in season for your next party!) or by produce (when can you get the best artichokes, again?). Next time you’re shopping, keep an eye out for these freshly picked fruits and vegetables:
— Stone fruits: Plums, nectarines, and peaches are classic late-summer treats, and they’re now ready for your next dessert.
— Berries: Blackberries, blueberries, currants, and gooseberries are all ready to be picked in many states.
— Herbs: Gardens are growing wild with sage, rosemary, thyme, and chives.
— Apples: Start looking for some early varieties like Gala or Honeycrisp, which start getting harvested in August.
Strawberry & Mozzarella Mini Brochettes
An easy, fresh appetizer from the California Strawberry Commission, these mini brochettes have a savory, sweet flavor that will satisfy any snack craving.
- 24 strawberries, rinsed and without stems
- 12 buffalo mozzarella balls
- 24 leaves of fresh basil
- Balsamic vinegar reduction
- Small bamboo skewers
Assemble the skewers, starting with a strawberry that you must put upside down so that the skewers remain standing. Continue with a basil leaf, mozzarella, basil and end with a strawberry. Repeat until finished. When serving, drizzle with a drop of balsamic vinegar reduction on top of each skewer so it falls to the base.
Good foods to add to your diet
Although no one food holds the key to good health, according to healthline.com, the following might be worthy of the title “superfood.”
1. Dark leafy green vegetables
2. Berries like raspberries and strawberries
3. Green tea beverages
5. Legumes like beans and peas
6. Nuts and seeds
7. Kefir (and yogurt)
9. Olive oil
10. Ginger (fresh, powdered or as an oil)
11. Turmeric (curcumin) (Its use can be enhanced by pairing with fats or spices like black pepper.)
12. Salmon (Limit consumption of fish like salmon to two to three servings per week.)
14. Sweet potato
16. Seaweed (nutritious sea vegetables)
Easy entertaining and recipe tips from celebrity chef Katie Lee
TV chef and cookbook author Katie Lee and Sara Lee Artesano Bakery offer these tips for easy entertaining:
Consider a buffet or family-style menu: Try veggie burgers or shrimp rolls with buns and rolls to kick the flavor up a notch. Have people “Create Your Own” (CYO) with a buffet of toppings.
Prepare your side dishes ahead of time: Any kind of grain salad, such as a quinoa or farro, is an easy, go-to choice.
Hors d’oeuvres are a must: Easy options are cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto, a cheese plate or a tasty dip.
Cool off with cocktails: Set up a bar area where guests can make their own drinks. Be sure to include non-alcoholic choices.
Smart grilling options: Fresh fish or veggie burgers lighten up the grill.
For recipe tips, visit saraleebread.com.