Ok, everyone, I have a quick and easy recipe for you to try this weekend that is designed to lift you out of the ‘end of winter dreariness’ and straight into the rum-tinged warm tropical breezes of summer. Today I am going to teach you how to make Caramelized Pineapple with Vanilla and Rum Sauce. The perfect ‘Happy Ending’ to a great homecooked weekend meal….
It’s sad to say, but Summer 2018 is coming to a quick close. Just before I stash my leftover rose bottles and put the pastis up till next summer, I wanted to make one last summery dish to enjoy – lemon verbena ice cream with fresh raspberries. Lemon verbena is an herb I grow every single year and use quite a bit of, or at least have the fantasy of using quite a bit of. The smell is intoxicating and is probably the main reason I grow it. I usually end up making desserts with it, but as friend Jo Ellis Holland reminded me just a few moments ago on Facebook, it is quite good in savory dishes as well.
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Summer, surely no other single word in the English language can instantaneously conjure a more beautiful and serene feeling in all our hearts. I fondly remember the lilac-scented parks we peopled as small children, where we created magical worlds from the dirt and grass. That square mile of our neighborhood, never fully discovered nor charted, yet it held our limitless kingdom radiantly colored by the golden sun. I remember my purple stained fingers from picking too many ripe mulberries from the old tree. Summertime was the season to rejoice in its sweet abundance of berries and fruits….