Just Desserts

We’re wired to enjoy the sweet life. Nature knows this. Her answer: Sweet summer fruit. While it’s in season and in peak form, why look anywhere else to satisfy your sweet tooth?

People have long cherished the treasures of summer. Long before poet T.S. Eliot mused, “Do I dare to eat a peach?”; and long before poet William Carlos Williams wrote “I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious – so sweet and so cold.” Read on for some of my favorites, plus a few stellar suggestions from chef Tina Bourbeau.

Simplicity itself
• Ripe peaches and/or nectarines, thinly sliced to resemble crescent moons, arranged in a spiral array, sprinkled with blueberries, sliced almonds and (optional) drizzled with honey.
• Alternate layers of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more with non-fat Greek yogurt and (optional) drizzle with honey; garnish with a sprig of mint for easy summer parfaits
• Pluots or apricots, cut in half, brushed with canola oil, grilled on each side until brown, sprinkled with cinnamon and served with a dollop of fromage blanc.
• A couple sweet and simple summer soup suggestions from Chef Tina: Try blending melon and mint, and finish with whipped yogurt. Another idea is to blend strawberries with a little bit of balsamic vinegar, finish with yogurt and garnish with basil or mint.

More ideas – some for adults only – at FreshDirect’s myFD blog.