Everyone keeps acting like summer is over.
At least not here.
It was in the 90s today.
And that's just fine with me because there are some parts about summer that I am not ready to let go of.
Like the food.
Without hesitation, I would say, fresh summer produce.
I love the sweet, white corn, red, ripe tomatoes, fragrant basil, juicy watermelon, musky cantaloupes and especially the stone fruit.
Peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines.
I can never decide which are my favorite.
I am sure it's the peach, until I bite into that plum.
And then the nectarine.
And, oh, oh, oh, those apricots.
I am so glad there are still plenty of them at the farmer's market.
Well, except for the apricot.
They have a short growing season, even here.
Believe me, I do not take our long growing season for granted.
I will be buying my favorites by the bagful until they are gone.
Only to be replaced by persimmon, apples and tangerines.
I do love tangerines.
But lets, be honest, a tangerine is nothing compared to a sweet, dripping, purple plum.
There is a bright spot as the summer fruits fades away with fall.
The figs are in.
And I do love figs.
I always think I'd like to do something with my stone fruit.
Bake, preserve, sauce.
But often they are so delicious that I don't end up doing a thing other than slicing them up and putting them in a bowl and eating them for breakfast.
Or afternoon snack.
When I can eat dairy, I like to put a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.
Or sometimes, when the fruit is so ripe that I can smell it, I stand over the sink and just eat it out of hand, with the juice dripping down my chin.
That's fruit heaven.
But if I was willing to do more, here are some things I might try.
Golden Fruit Conserve and 25 other recipes for summer stone fruits from Sunset (not just desserts)
Last Minute Stone Fruit Crumble (and peeps, with a few tweaks, I can actually eat this one!)
Stone Fruit Tart ( I can't wait to be able to eat this one. and peruse this blog. so beautiful)
Plum Fro Yo Popsicles (you know how I feel about popsicles)
Peach Tea Cake (just the name makes me want it)
How To Can Stone Fruits (someday......)
Now if only this heat wave would break so I can get back into the kitchen.