Sunday, September 4, 2011

have you seen the summer issue of everyday food magazine?

i am writing this post on the day before labor day and am in a bit of a shock.  labor day?  already?? really?  summer in napa has been cooler than usual with many, many morning skies covered with a thick layer of fog.  cold & gloomy...similar to my 15 years living in san francisco...not my fantasy of sun filled skies while breakfasting by the pool.  i want and need sun...and heat...during summer.  it keeps me going during our long and rainy winter and spring season. happily, it has been warming up mid-day lately, and september and october often can be our warmest months.  i am going to grab every bit of sun i can for as long as i can.

earlier this summer, i received an email from the folks at martha stewart living's magazine everyday food letting me know they were about to launch a special summer edition.  they told me it was gorgeous and asked it i would like a copy.  can you say...yes?!  the magazine arrived and...oh my...they were not exaggerating...not a bit.  everyday food is normally a "pocket size" magazine...perfect for tucking in your handbag...handy for use at the market.  this edition is full sized, full of terrific sounding recipes and absolutely beautiful photos.

“Photos by Con Poulos. Copyright © 2011, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Originally published in the Special Summer Issue of Everyday Food magazine."
i think i have made every dish from this special issue.  there is an article on ice pops featuring  fresh fruit pops, neapolitan pops, fruit juice pops, mojito pops, peaches and cream pops...and on and on.  i have been making and eating them all summer.

you can't go wrong with any of the recipes...try the grilled salmon with sweet corn relish...the relish is made with fresh corn, tomatoes, avocados and red onion, or maybe you are in the mood for just the corn...grilled and coated in a spicy cheese coating (yum) mexican-style grilled corn.  perhaps you need a last minute appetizer for a labor day celebration tomorrow...the tomato tartlets would be a perfect choice.

but, before i link you to every page of the magazine, i am going to stop and urge you to go buy it.  this is one edition you will want to own...and keep.  buy it now, so that you can make everything before the season is over...i plan to continue through the end of october while many of the ingredients are still in season....and then use again as soon as possible late spring,  2012.

“Photos by Con Poulos. Copyright © 2011, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Originally published in the Special Summer Issue of Everyday Food magazine."
i will share one more that i have made many times this cream sandwiches with frozen yogurt.  imagine yummy (and gluten-free) almond-meal flour cookies filled with frozen yogurt.  how perfect is that?  i first made the cookies for a pot-luck party earlier this summer.  i had a 14 yr old "helper", whose job it was to taste and give me feedback.  as you can see, she loved did everyone else...  thanks allie!

ice cream sandwiches with frozen yogurt
(from everyday foods)

for the almond shortbread cookies:
1/2 cup almond meal flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown-rice flour. plus more for rolling
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (**i used vegan butter, earth balance brand)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (i used 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk

for the yogurt:
the magazine has a recipe for an easy and delicious sounding frozen raspberry yogurt using greek yogurt.  i plan to try it in the future, but for this event i opted to purchase a best-quality frozen yogurt i found at whole foods.  i made 1/2 of this recipe with chocolate frozen yogurt and 1/2 with black cherry

for the cookies:
in a medium bowl, whisk together flours, starches, and salt.  in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on high until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  add vanilla and egg yolk and beat until combined, scraping down bowl as needed, 1 minute.  with mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat until dough comes together (dough will be sticky).  form dough into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate 2 hours.

preheat oven to 350 degrees.  on a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch-thick round.  with a 2 1/2 inch fluted cookie cutter (or any shape you like) cut dough into 24 rounds and place on two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets (reroll scrapes if necessary).  freeze 15 minutes, then bake until cookies are lightly golden, 10 to 12 minutes.  let cool completely on sheets on wire racks, 20 minutes. (to store, transfer to an airtight container at room temperature, up to 3 days)  to serve, transfer frozen yogurt to refrigerator to soften, 20 minutes. scoop 1/4 cup frozen yogurt onto flat sides of 12 cookies and sandwich with remaining cookies.
happy labor day!


diane padoven
napa farmhouse 1885
"live a green life of style™ "

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