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What's the best new thing you made this summer? For me it was probably bacon wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and flavorings like blue cheese or a little ranch dressing mix. They keep in the fridge for a long time, or even freeze well (froze some by accident and they did fine - need a new fridge)

And I made peach jelly with a base of home made ginger simple syrup. Didn't write it down, but it worked. Added finely chopped candied ginger to some jars too. Delicious. (had 15 gallons of peaches, enough for some experimenting)

(PS -I read some posts about raspberry/violet jam, and it made me go out and water my sweet violets so I can be sure and try it next year!)

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  1. Grape sorbet. Recipe from Epicurious was so simple. I had bought 4 pounds of green seedless from Costco and the flavor was very marginal, but the sorbet was incredible, and incredibly easy.
    Blend: 2 cups grapes, 1/4 cup sugar, couple tbsp lemon or lime juice. Put liquid through a sieve to separate out the skins, and put the mixture into an ice cream maker for about 20 minutes. Fantastic!!!

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    1. re: Sasha

      Did you mash them or heat them or just squeezed through the sieve. Sounds great. I'm travelling north in California and might be able to try this with some wine grapes I've seen for sale.

      1. re: kc girl

        No heat - put them in the blender with the acid and sugar and liquefied, then sieved to get the chunks out before putting them in the ice cream maker.

    2. Grape sorbet. Recipe from Epicurious was so simple. I had bought 4 pounds of green seedless from Costco and the flavor was very marginal, but the sorbet was incredible, and incredibly easy.
      Blend: 2 cups grapes, 1/4 cup sugar, couple tbsp lemon or lime juice. Put liquid through a sieve to separate out the skins, and put the mixture into an ice cream maker for about 20 minutes. Fantastic!!!

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      1. re: Sasha

        I made grape sorbet last summer from my concord grapes and it turned out exactly like Welch's, so white grapes are a much better idea. I made popsicles from my Reliance reds last week and they were delicious.

      2. Pavlova with mixed berries.

        Beef rendang, Pernankan-style.

        1. The much discussed watermelon salad which I have since found out is not a Nigella creation but is a Caribbean recipe and there is a recipe for it in Liz Smith's new book "Dishing It" and she talks of having it first at Harbour Island in the Bahamas and gives a recipe for it using balsamic vinegar instead of the lime juice. I will stick wih the lime juice and her recipe calls for sliced radishes instead of red onion.

          The other really best was the Ruby Red Grapefruit and Tarragon granita. Refreshing, tart and savoury at the same time. Got to make some more of that soon.

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          1. re: Candy

            And, thanks for that recipe for the granita previously. I saved it.

            1. re: kc girl

              Now try it. You will love it. It really is amazing.

          2. Key Lime Cream Cheese Ice Cream. Hands down.

            In general it's been a really great ice cream summer.

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            1. re: krissywats

              I have the Epicurious cream cheese ice cream recipe that calls for lemon juice, so I think I'll substitute lime (what are sold as key limes) and cut back a little on the sugar to see how it goes. Yes, it has been a great ice cream summer, I just wish I could find a second freezer bowl for my Krups countertop maker.