Summer Recipes

Herbs: They’re Not Just For Cooking

Written on August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

As we all face the end of summer, now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all fresh herbs from your garden, local farmer’s market or even your go-to supermarket. Yes, basil makes a killer pesto, and mint is perfect with watermelon and feta, but our leafy green friends make just as big of a flavor statement when paired with vodka, rum, and gin. In honor of More Herbs, Less Salt Day, here are some of our favorite herb-inspired cocktails. Cheers!

Basil

 Grapefruit-Basil Gin Fizz

Basil Gin Lemonade

Peach-Basil Margarita

Mint

Pineapple Mojitos

Watermelon and Mint Cooler

Blackberry Cooler Cocktail


The Not-So-Usual Suspects

Rosemary Ruby Cocktails

Blueberry-Tarragon Sparklers

Thyme’s-Up Cocktails

 

 

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Crazy for Cobblers

Written on July 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm , by

When I’m looking for an easy summer dessert, I almost always turn to a cobbler and according to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert, Carolyn Clark, I’m not the only one who’s crazy for these tasty desserts. In the past month, searches have been spiking as people hunt for their perfect peach, blueberry or blackberry cobbler recipe. It’s all with good reason though, as peaches and berries are currently in season.

 

So what exactly is a cobbler? A cobbler is a baked fruit dessert topped with a batter or a biscuit crust. As the topping is often dropped or spooned in small clumps the crust appears “cobbled” (think cobblestone street) instead of smooth, hence the name cobbler. Pretty cool, eh? (I had a bit of a glass-shattering moment when I finally made that connection!) Take advantage of summer’s bountiful produce with these easy cobbler desserts today.

 

Get the recipes:

Grilled Summer Cobbler

Grilled Summer Cobbler

This peaches and berries dessert bakes up right on the grill and is best when paired with vanilla or bourbon ice cream. To make an easy “oven,” simply cover your cast-iron skillet tightly with aluminum foil.

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