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what was the best dish you made/ate this summer?

Best recipe? Best new discovery?

Let's hear 'em.

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  1. Great idea - I need to think about it - but great idea.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      I'm glad you think so! Despite the hail outside my window right now, I'm in the Southern Hemisphere, heading into spring. I thought it would be nice if I could pick up some good ideas for the coming months from Fall-bound hounds in the north.

      I'm so ready for summer, and summer food, it's ridiculous.

      1. re: Gooseberry

        Have you ever looked into any recipes available on line from Suzanne Goin? I didn't cook that much from her this summer, but did last summer, and loved everything I made.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/397075

        A number of links here:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/397078

        The pork burger is excellent.

        1. re: MMRuth

          I've actually printed out the pork burger recipe! Just trying to decide what to substitute for the Mexican chorizo, which we don't get here, and seems to be a spicy raw sausage. Thanks for the reminder - must talk to my butcher...

          1. re: Gooseberry

            I've used Spanish (hard/cured) chorizo and minced it up in a food processor. Worked great in the recipe.

            1. re: Rubee

              And I've used just a spicy raw Italian sausage and it's been great as well.

          2. re: MMRuth

            Oh, my vote would have to be for the Goin pork burger. It's super delicious and very easy to make. It just takes a bit of time making the other components -- romesco sauce and aioli.

      2. We practically become vegetarians in the summer. Sliced heirloom tomatoes, drizzled with a bit of great olive oil. Roasted or grilled vegetables - a huge variety. Pasta or grain salads with roasted veggies, dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. I rarely spend more than 30 minutes preparing dinner in the summer: The ingredients are so good, they speak for themselves.

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        1. re: pikawicca

          We did much of the same this summer. Lots and lots of great veggies just enhanced with great olive oil and balsamic and also sometimes grilled. We did grill some meats, chicken and fish as well, but the veggies really were the main event. I have gotten into many more salads this summer and the best were some new grains I discovered as well as rice salads. Easy summertime cooking with anything fresh being the star - either from my garden or the local produce stand.

        2. I tried a lot of new dishes this summer. Some new favorites -

          Bruschetta chicken
          Grilled Greek chicken
          Soy and lime skirt steak
          Korean barbecue beef short ribs
          thai chicken satay with spicy peanut dipping sauce
          Hasselback potatoes

          old favorites -

          clams and mussels in white wine and garlic sauce
          tomato, moz and basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

          http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com

          1. I don't know what's the best thing I ate, but the best thing I made was a cold soup - tomato and kimchi, puréed til smooth and chilled. (There was a little more to it than that, but that's the gist of it.)

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            1. re: piccola

              I'm on a kimchee eating frenzy these days, could you tell me how you made that soup?

              One of the best things I made this summer were beets with their greens. I steamed the little beets and marinated them in vinegar and garlic (fresh purple ones) and sauteed the greens with oil and garlic and a little broth. The combo was pretty good.

              The best thing I ate this summer were the asparagus my friend wrapped in proscuitto spread with a little boursin. Then she grilled them til crispy. Oh my....

              1. re: waver

                Yeah, it was super easy (if a little haphazard). I used chopped canned tomatoes, tomato paste, veggie broth, and a couple cups of kimchi. Heated together, then blended. One time, I added a splash of evaporated milk, but I'm not sure it's necessary.

            2. I tried golden beets for the first time this summer. They were a real treat, roasted and drizzled with honey and cinnamon. They were better with honey and orange zest.