Damson Plum & Berry Fruit Tarts

Damson Plum & Berry Fruit Tarts

Making a fresh fruit tart is so quick and easy if you keep a box of frozen Puff Pastry in your freezer. Then whenever you have some extra fruit you can just pull it out and let it thaw according to the instructions on the box. I found these beautiful Damson Plums at the farmer's market. (This type of plum ripens in the late summer through the fall). So I decided to make some fruit tarts with these seasonal plums, and I added some berries & pomegranate seeds for color and texture. All…
End of Summer Peach & Berry Crisp

End of Summer Peach & Berry Crisp

It is the last weekend of summer, Labor Day weekend...and I can hardly believe summer is over! My family is visiting us in the Hamptons and they should be here shortly, so I just made everyone's favorite dessert, Summer Fruit Crisp. I will warm it up in the oven right before we eat it, and serve it with some vanilla ice cream. It is the perfect way to get the last taste of the delicious summer fruits we all love...peaches, raspberries, blackberries & blueberries.  Soon we will be moving on to apple crisp…
Pasta Primavera Summer Style

Pasta Primavera Summer Style

Pasta Primavera is a dish that consists of pasta and fresh vegetables, usually served with a light cream sauce. It is associated with spring because primavera means "springtime" in Italian and so the dish often consists of spring vegetables like peas and carrots. For my Pasta Primavera "Summer Style" I used whatever vegetables looked fresh and delicious (in August) at the local farm stand. In my case we took a trip to Balsam Farms in Amagansett where they had an unbelievable array of every summer vegetable under the sun - literally!  I love…
Pasta with Golden Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Corn, Ricotta & Squash Blossoms

Pasta with Golden Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Corn, Ricotta & Squash Blossoms

Have you seen those beautiful squash blossoms at the farmer's market lately? They are golden and curvy and really pretty!  I decided I wanted to use them in a recipe, so I did a little research on how to use them. Apparently you can bake them, stuff them, or fry them..so actually they are very versatile for almost any recipe. I wanted to use them in a way where they still maintained their beautiful shape and color. So I settled on a pasta dish where I would very lightly saute them and add…
Seasonal Summer Platter with Potato Salad

Seasonal Summer Platter with Potato Salad

Summer is the time for salads! Fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits are at their peak and are readily available at produce stands and at the markets. This time of year I like to try to come up with different combinations of vegetables & fruits. Salads are so light and refreshing on a warm summer day so they make the perfect meal (or side dish to barbecue) When I think of summer, these are some of my favorites....tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, corn, red potatoes, radishes, blueberries, nectarines and fresh herbs. I associate this particular…