Summer has arrived and famer’s markets all over the lands overflow-eth with bountiful selections of the freshest fruits around. I’m as greedy as a kid in a candy store when it comes to choosing my loot – I want it all! When I’m ready to conjure up new recipes, nothing gets my creative juices flowing more than the sight of berries, stone fruits, melons, figs and other wonders of warm-weather ripeness.
That being said, I never really feel like spending too much time in the kitchen come summer. First of all, it’s insufferably hot in there. Secondly, there are just too many things to do, places to see and people to visit -summer is the ultimate, three-month long party for me! And, every celebration, from backyard barbeque to church pot luck and family picnic to lawn concert, needs tasty nibbles and noshes – am I right?!
The solution? Appetizers, snacks and desserts made with seasonal fruit and artisanal cheese. These fruity finger foods are so simple and speedy to make yet make a stunning presentation -ooh, the colors! Plus, the contrast between sweet, juicy fruit and salty, sharp cheeses speaks to even the most sophisticated palates.
The new Simply Artisan Reserve Feta Cheese Crumbles and Blue Cheese Crumbles from Simply Artisan Reserve make whipping up delicious cheese-accented fruit recipes a snap (and a shake) for any meal or get-together. The tiny little sprinkles are just the right size to complement delicate fruits, not too overwhelming in taste or so chunky they roll right off! It’s so fun how they sprinkle right out of the jar – or you can use a spoon from the larger lid opening. I think you will fall in love with the Four Simply Sophisticated Fruit & Cheese Party Recipes I created using this clever new concept in cheese.
Blue Cheese & Walnut Stuffed Strawberries
Caramelized Nectarines with Blue Cheese & Bacon
Feta & Balsamic Watermelon Slices
Feta & Herb Cantaloupe Truffles