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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Mid-Summer Recipes

On the first day of summer I did a post featuring some of my favorite summer recipes that were not to be missed.  Well, I decided to another midway through the season for a few reasons.  One, the first post was very well received.  Two, I seem to have overlooked a few favorites the first time around.  And three, I’ve made some great summer food so far this year and I wanted to highlight it once more to make sure you try these recipes before summer slips away!

If you’re so lucky as to be in an area with freshly caught shrimp, these steamed shrimp are a must try.  They take only a few minutes to prepare.  Served with spicy cocktail sauce, lemon wedges and crusty bread, they make for a perfect casual summer meal.


I’ve tried these crumb bars with blueberries and raspberries, and intend to try many more variations still.  No matter what fruit filling I use, I find them completely irresistible.

Since we moved into a new house within the last year, we haven’t really had the opportunity to get a vegetable garden going this year.  Hopefully next summer we will!  I know soon will be the time when everyone has zucchinis coming out their ears, and these stuffed zucchini boats are a great way to make use of them.


Please don’t let summer pass by without trying these piña coladas!  So simple, cool and refreshing.  Close your eyes and pretend you’re on vacation – or even better, make them when you are on vacation!

This is my first year making pizza on the grill, and I am sorry to not have discovered it sooner.  It truly takes pizza to a whole new level.  Take advantage while grilling weather is still here and experiment with any of your favorite toppings.


Last time I was at the store, blackberries were something like $1 per container.  That’s a great deal, and perfect incentive to try this blackberry tart with honey mascarpone filling.  Fruit tarts are ideal summer desserts and this one is no exception.


Burgers on the grill are a summer staple, and these teriyaki burgers with mango pineapple salsa are bursting with fresh flavors and color.  Serve them at your next BBQ for a fun and unique spin on a classic dish.


Peach season is in full swing and this peach cobbler will forever be my favorite peach dessert.  The fruit is sweet, ripe and juicy and the biscuit topping is the perfect compliment.


Soup isn’t typically at the top of any list of summer foods, but if you have an abundance of fresh corn (especially if you live in Indiana like me!) try this grilled corn and chipotle soup.  I love the contrast between the sweet corn and the slow burn of the heat from the chipotles.


Even though I focus on mainly fruit desserts throughout the summer, my heart still belongs to chocolate.  And chocolate definitely earns its rightful place on summer tables in the form of this chocolate espresso semifreddo.   I think it speaks for itself, no?


We’ve been making the most of our summer with lots of trips to the pool, visits to the zoo, and eating lots of homemade ice cream.  We also initiated Andrew with his first trip to Jiffy Treet, a local ice cream joint in our hometown and a staple well known to IU grads and Bloomington townies.  Now it’s about time for us to start our biweekly (or more) trips to the nearby orchard.  What have you been up to this summer?

  • http://thekitchwitch.com TheKitchenWitch

    Looking at those amazing dishes and artful pictures, I have no idea how you stay so thin! You have an adorable family.

  • http://www.saladinajar.com Paula

    Great idea for a post because I have missed a couple of these–like the soup. Is anything better than fresh grilled sweet corn??

  • http://www.itsybitsybrianna.blogspot.com Brianna

    mmmmm
    PIZZA on the GRILL!
    sounds Scrumptious

    xoxo
    bB

  • http://trainingtable.blogspot.com/ 12th Man

    Now THAT looks like the right way to eat your way through summer. Cheers!

  • http://fillmythirst.blogspot.com Missie

    The stuffed zucchini looks awesome!

  • Monica

    Okay, I need your secret. How do you cook such yummy stuff, have a great career, a baby and look that awesome in your bikini!! You go girl!!

  • Alice

    I’ve got to make that semifreddo – it’s just beautiful! It’s been about 105 degrees for the last week in Texas, so we’ve been staying inside and going to movies to keep cool :)

  • http://jennsfoodjourney.blogspot.com Jenn’s Food Journey

    This was my first year to do pizza on the grill too! I love it. Great picks for your summer favs….and of course great pics of the family!

  • http://www.chileanflavor.blogspot.com Mohana

    I love each one of your recipes!!! I think every time I post something I comment how gifted you are! Tonight I am making the blackberry tart for some friends that are coming over for dinner. I also want to try your peach cobbler recipe this week. I’ll let you know if I get to conquer both of them :P

    Our boys love to go the pool (they are 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 years-old), so we spend part of the summer there, also going to a splash pad and the zoo. They love ice creams too, especially your vanilla bean and country peach recipes.

    Hope you keep having a wonderful summer!

  • Cathy

    Oh, Jiffy Treet! I love that place!

  • http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com a farmgirls dabbles

    Very, very enticing post! I’m not that big on zucchini, but those stuffed boats look yummy. And I’m drooling for that chocolate dessert! Now I’m hungry…

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Everything looks incredible! YUM! I am glad you are enjoying your summer. My boys head back to school on Monday…ours will officially be over then. I am hoping to make the best of the rest of this week! I hope you have a great one too!

  • HB

    Lovely…just lovely…ALL the cooking & eating & you’re wearing 2-pc bathing suit and looking great! :)

    Anyways, I don’t know how a couple of these recipes slipped past me so thanks for posting! Food and family pics look beautiful! Stay cool!

    Now — I’m already dreaming of fall and pumpkin stuff! I’ll be sure to stay tuned to your blog for a new round of pumpkin love!

  • http://www.dessertordiet.blogspot.com terri

    ALL of these ‘summer’ recipes sound so amazing! i really want to try your stuffed zucchini ‘boats’…..AND next up….the PEACH cobbler. ahhh, this is diet sabotage! lol. who cares! it’s summer, right?! thanks for sharing with us! xo

  • http://sherrystartscooking.blogspot.com/ Sherry

    Aww this is a great post! You’ve reminded me about some great summer recipes I still need to try.

  • Emily

    JIFFY TREET! Marshmallow Shake! Memories…

    Everything looks so yummy on this post. I never go wrong if I choose one of your recipes, I’ll have to try that amazing chocolate indulgence!

  • http://pajamachef.wordpress.com Sarah

    awww jiffy treat! i love it! do you live in bloomington? i do and jiffy treat is like 5 minutes away from my house… :)

  • http://naturallyella.com Naturally Ella

    I think summer is best summed up with food and your post shows that so well! Everything looks so delicious!

  • Misty

    I’m in love with this blog! Today I’m tackling the Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream & after this post I have quite a few more recipes to add to the list! Thanks Annie!

  • Megan

    Yay Jiffy Treat! Great IU memories :)

  • Annie

    No, I live in Indy but our families are in Bloomington so we are there a lot too.

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Aaww, you have such a cute family!! This is a great post. It’s reminded me of all the recipes you post (and I love) but never get around to making!

  • http://www.asweetpeachef.com lacey – a sweet pea chef

    Great list! I make stuffed zucchini (boats) as well! Love it!

  • http://pajamachef.wordpress.com Sarah

    okay that’s fun!

  • http://www.sliceoffeist.com Kirsten

    Great ideas! You reminded me how much I love the simplicity of steamed shrimp! Due to my neighbor’s amazing green thumb, there is a plethora of zucchinis at my house…which means stuffed zucchini four nights in a row. much too much. NEVER AGAIN!

  • Gloria

    Thanks for all of the cooking/baking inspiration. I made the blackberry tart you included in this post. It was delicious. Your crust recipe is awesome!

  • http://gusandotherthings.blogspot.com/ abigail

    Zucchini boats, pizza on the grill and blackberry tart! yum, yum and yum!

  • Lisa in PA

    Everything looks awesome and you are a hawt momma. I am going to stop by the produce stands on the way back from South Carolina for peaches to make that peach cobbler. Mmm.

  • http://confessionsofcityeater.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    What a great round up of perfect summer recipes!

  • Adam

    I do not know Jiffy Treat. I can’t remember it. I do remember the Chocolate Moose, which was my favorite ice cream place. I would get some and swing in the park.

    Adam

  • Annie

    Adam – no Jiffy Treet?! Your IU experience was not complete. We’ll have to go some time.