Greetings from my summer kitchen in Chautauqua, New York! Thanks, always, to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this international forum. My summer headquarters, about 10 miles south of Lake Erie, is located in prime Concord grape growing territory. The grapes are not yet ripe, but blueberries grow in profusion. My daughter went blueberry picking with her cousin and came back with several pints. I immediately turned some into a chilled soup with a recipe from the New England Soup Factory Cookbook (full disclosure: I’m the book’s co-author). It made quite a conversation piece at the pot luck dinner where I brought it.
I picked a few raspberries from the bushes growing wild across the road. Though I was excited to try them in a recipe for an updated Jell-O salad made with gelatin, Prosecco and club soda, the concoction never jelled properly. My daughter said it tasted like “a bad Jell-O shot,” but nothing could ruin the fresh berry flavor.
When I have time, I comb the local libraries and flea markets for cookbooks. Here is the latest yield.
With all the fields and farm stands nearby, it’s hard not to eat healthy food at this time of year (except for ice cream). And I’m enjoying all the colors that I missed back in the ice-bound New England winter. Let the bounty continue! Happy August, everyone.