Food - The Best End of Summer Adventure

The best thing about summer is the food that comes into season with it. Everyone looks forward to fresh garden tomatoes, strawberries, peaches and watermelons. And guess what? It’s not too late to enjoy those end of summer perks!

Nothing compares to enjoying a great summer meal at the end of the day while watching the sunset. The pleasure of fresh summer fruit for breakfast in the morning can be as equally comforting as a great salad at dinner. With summer comes the desire to eat lighter and healthier to feel just as vibrant as the local produce in season.

This time of year it’s common to try new adventures like kayaking, mountain climbing, skydiving, or going on a cruise. Go ahead and try new and exciting recipes that may not include traditional ingredients – Nothing wrong with getting adventurous with breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Adding fresh fruit like pineapple or blackberries to a simple syrup makes for a great fruit spread atop toast or an English muffin. The best ratio is 2 oz. of simple syrup to 1 cup of fresh fruit. You can adjust as needed depending on the density of the fruit.

Bacon and fresh fruit also form a great pair: Try 2-3 slices of bacon with fresh watermelon or cantaloupe for the satisfying pleasure of a sweet and salty taste and cold and hot effect. These different sensations are wonderful to the palate and a great way to start your morning.

At dinner consider different greens, such as arugula, kale or even collard greens, for the base of a salad. For the more adventurous foodie, raw collards are great, or they can be blanched and shocked for a more tender bite.  Adding fresh zucchini or squash, bell peppers, and/or asparagus to these greens will make the end of this hot summer season an adventurous one.

Remember the change of seasons brings new excitement year after year, so why not make enjoying new foods in new ways a part of the adventure? Explore the endless possibilities and fresh opportunities that come with each season. Enjoy!

Chef Tay

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