Saturday, April 19, 2008

Another Giveaway!

Let me just say one thing - spring has finally arrived here on the East Coast and it's positively amazing. I spent the day yesterday with 2 of my best friends in Baltimore, just walking around the harbour and enjoying the day. It was positively gorgeous and made me anxious for long summer days with cookouts and BBQ's.

Imagine my surprise when I returned home to find a cookbook waiting for me.

Grilled Pizzas

This cookbook looks like it would be just perfect for summer entertaining. Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas is full of recipes for all sorts of pizzas and piadinas. Instructions are included for almost all grilling surfaces, ranging from your typical outdoor grill to indoor grill pans, griddles, and panini makers. As I was flipping through the book, I found plenty of recipes I want to try in the very near future. There's a Gamberian pizza topped with sauteed shrimp with pesto and tomato, The Artisan is topped with roasted vegetables with a creamy garlic cheese, and the Habaneran sounds amazing with hot peppers, avocado, cilantro, and lime. There's also plenty of recipes for carnivores.

This cookbook also includes great recipes for salads and desserts so you can have a full meal. There's a recipe for a S'more pizza that looks absolutely incredible.

So why am I telling you about this fantastic cookbook? Because the publishing company has generously offered an extra copy for one of my readers.

So what do you have to do to win it?
Simply leave me a comment with your favorite summer recipe by Midnite, April 22. I'll announce the winner on April 23 and we'll get a copy of this fantastic cookbook in your hot little hands before the weather starts heating up.

So go ahead, tell me about the summer recipe you adore.
Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Pizza is my absolute favorit food--hands down. I love experimenting with different types of pizza, but here is my "specialty" and one of all-time favorites.

I top a par-baked shell with pumpkin butter as the sauce. On the stove, I carmelize diced sweet onions and simutaneously brown cut-up pancetta. I then spread those over the shell, then top with diced apple or pear and either gorgonzolla or blue cheese and just a small amount of fontina. Bake at 425 for 8 minutes.

Anonymous said...

The summer recipe I adore...spiced yogurt rice, Indian style.

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer recipe: on a dinner plate spread a layer of salad greens (I love a combination of butter lettuce and spinach); add as many chunks of roasted new potato as you like; add vegetables like grilled summer squash, steamed green beans, even cherry tomatoes; add a piece of grilled salmon; pour over all a mixture of olive oil, fresh lemon juice, fresh dill, crushed garlic and a bit of mayo. This tastes like summer to me!

jodi said...

Let me say first that I don't want you to put me into the drawing for the book, lovely as it looks. Being allergic to cheese and not a meat-eater, I wouldn't get much use out of it compare to some of the other people. I'm really just chiming in because it's been a long time and I wanted to say hey, and that I'm still here following along, trolling your archives often for meal ideas.

I'm not sure that I have a favourite summer recipe, but I do have favourite summer meals. I prefer to go easy on the cooking in the summer (no air conditioning in our house!), and our favourite simple supper is some fresh baked bread with various things to spread on or dip it in: hummus, babaghannoush, pickled eggplant, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives. Add a simple garden salad and tabouleh and it seems to be all we need. Bread can be rye from the farmers market or pita from the Lebanese bakery on the corner, depending on how far I feel like walking.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, youre recipes are very creative and inspiring. My most favorite summer recipe is caprese salad made with heiloom tomatoes, a good mozarella cheese and fresh basil frommy garden. Sometimes I also add mint from my garden. With a simple balsamic vinegrette, you don't need much else.

Thank you.

tamarer at yahoo dot com

Rachael said...

My favorite summer recipe (although I didn't make it during the summer in this link, it's definitely a summer treat):

1 c lemon juice (freshly squeezed, of course!)
Zest of four lemons
1.5 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
6 egg yolks
4 cups half and half
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups half and half plus the other ingredients, brought to a slight simmer then cooled down. Strain through cheesecloth, add the extra half and half, chill, and add to ice cream maker. Harden in freezer for two hours. Absolutely, positively, ridiculously sublime.

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer "recipe" isn't much of a recipe--fruit salad that has watermelon (a must!), blueberries, peaches, and any other fresh produce looks good (but those 3 are a must!)...YUM...!!!


Nick said...

There's so much delicious produce during the summer that I have trouble choosing a single favorite. But here's something that could tie for first place:

Cut up some (perfectly ripe and fragrant) tomatoes into wedges. Thinly slice some cucumber, preferably a variety with tender skins and tiny seeds. Cube an avocado. Do a chiffonade cut on some basil and parsley. Mix all this together, with salt, a squeeze of lemon, and some really good olive oil. Eat with some good bread to soak up any juice that's left.

mrscamacho said...

That book looks wonderful!

My favorite summer meal - take a hearty slice of fresh homemade bread and top with a thick slice of heirloom beefsteak tomato, still warm from the summer sun. Sprinkle with sea salt and a chiffonade of basil.

There is nothing more simply perfect than this, in my opinion! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I love your blog - your hummus recipes are to die for.
I can't really say that I have an all-time favorite summer food/recipe (it is much like being asked to choose a favorite book) but your cilantro jalapeno hummus recipe is certainly among my favorites.
Thank you for all of the *fabulous* recipes and engaging commentary and congratulations on your academic success.

Jody said...

One of my favorite recipes for greeting a crowd is a simple white sangria that is always a hit--I hand a glass to everyone who walks in the door and it starts the party out great! One bottle white wine, one cup triple sec, 1/2 cup sugar. So easy! I keep a pile of sliced fruit (oranges, lemons, limes, strawberries) and lots of ice on hand. When people come, I fill a glass with ice and fruit then pour in the sangria. It's lovely and wonderful.

Anonymous said...

A big juicy tomato slice and some kosher salt. If I feel like it, I'll add a big ole basil leaf.

Leanne said...

Here's what we do in the summer:

Stretch out some premade pizza dough (I love Trader Joe's whole wheat) and throw it onto the hot, oiled bbq grill. While that side is grilling, walk over to the garden and pluck off 2 ripe heirloom tomatoes and some basil. Rinse at the garden spigot. Slice the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella (also from Trader Joe's), flip the pizza dough, lay out the tomato, mozzarella, and basil, and grill until the cheese is melty.

Pull the pizza off, slice, sit and eat.

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Anonymous said...

I'd love the book, but I live in a little apartment in DC without a balcony and therefore, without a grill, so keep me out of the drawing.

Summer recipe:
Toast two slices of bread
Put mayo on one side (or two, if you're my mom)
Peel a cucumber and put slices (longways, not coins) of salted sliced cucumber.

Pour yourself a big glass of ice tea, or if it's after four, a gin & tonic with Rose's Lime.

ikkinlala said...

It's tough to pick a recipe, because a lot of my summer favourites aren't really things you need a recipe for - fresh vegetables, right out of the garden.

But of the things I do use a recipe for, I'd have to my favourite is peach ice cream.

Unknown said...

In the summer, I like to have nice, light meals that are full of fresh fruits or vegetables. One of my favourite recipes is a cold noodle salad with baby spinach, bell peppers, red and napa cabbage, tossed with a lime/ginger/sesame/soy sauce/cilantro dressing. Yum!


Karen said...

From my childhood, when we used to spend the summer weekends at a cabin on the Appalachian Trail... pan fried trout, freshly caught, with lemon and tomatoes, for breakfast.

Now it's likely to be a crisp salad with nice dark greens, beautiful tomatoes, oooooooh delicious olives from the Strip District here in Pittsburgh, blueberries for the kids, bleu cheese for my husband, and some grilled tofu over top!

Courtney said...

hello there! glad to hear that your day at the harbor was nice, it's been beautiful lately, so I'm sure it was a blast.
wow, its hard to choose a favorite summer recipe, but here's a really good one:
heat your grill or grill pan to high. thinly slice two large eggplant, lenghtwise. sprinkle with salt and let it stand, sweating out the bitterness for about 10 minutes. then rinse, and pat dry. liberally brush each side of each piece with olive oil, and brush the grill or grill pan with oil as well. grill the eggplant on each side, turning a few minutes in to achieve hatch marks.
meanwhile, chiffonade some basil, and when the eggplant it done, lay it on a platter, overlapping slightly, and top with the basil, homemade balsamic vinegrette, and fresh saved peccorino romano. :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer recipe comes from a time when my family used to go rent a houseboat on Lake Shasta. At the start of the houseboat trip, we'd put our watches into a drawer, because the only time we'd need them was when we made a stop at a marina. We would spend the day reading, and deciding what would be good for dinner - no other planned activities, no TV, no phones.
No matter what else we ate on the houseboat, we always made Chinese Chicken Salad. We could prep the chicken and the fried wonton strips ahead of time, and make the dressing when we needed it. Having chinese chicken salad on the back deck of the houseboat, at dusk, with a glass of white wine, watching the bats swoop over the water is one of my favorite summer memories. Whenever I make Chinese Chicken Salad, I remember those houseboat trips, and it feels like summer.

Unknown said...

I love any type of cold salad that includes lots of locally grown fresh veggies, especially tomatoes.

I had the opportunity to visit the Baltimore Harbor last September. Lots of great things to see. Can't remember the name of the restaurant we had lunch at, but the seafood was wonderful.

Rogue Cook said...

I eat pesto like there's no tomorrow during the summer. My favorite is cilantro lemon pesto, a refreshing take on the traditional basil pesto:

1 bunch cilantro
2 cloves garlic
zest and juice of one lemon
1/2 c. toasted pine nuts
olive oil
1/2 c. grated or shredded parmesan cheese

Add all ingredients (except cheese) into a food processor. Add enough olive oil to achieve desired pesto consistency (i.e., like a very soft butter). Toss with your favorite pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Saun said...

My favorite summer recipe is one that I always take to any summer gathering. I'm guaranteed I have something to eat and the non-veggie folks like it too. It's a simple tomato-cucumber salad recipe I got from a family friend.

2-3 large tomatoes
2-3 cucumbers
1 can sliced or whole (pitted) black olives
1 small bottle of Italian dressing
salt & pepper

Cube the tomatoes & cucumbers in a bowl. Drain the olives, then add. Season with salt and pepper and then add the italian dressing to taste. How much you add depends on the quality of the dressing you choice. Better quality, less dressing.

tennesue said...

Summer dessert...halved red grapes mixed with sour cream or plain yoghurt and brown or turbinado sugar. Chill. Top with a spoon of sweet whipped cream.

Maria said...

I love summer! I go to the farmer's market every week and find the greatest produce. I love to eat sweet corn and fresh tomatoes and watermelon for dessert! I also make batches of pesto and tomato sauce to freeze! Utah peaches are also great with vanilla ice cream!!

Anonymous said...

Salads! I love experimenting with whatever is in my garden or at the farmers' market. Even fruit salads are a summer staple for me. A simple recipe: really fresh ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, maybe a bell pepper... add some feta, lemon juice, olive oil and dill. you have a killer greek salad! And so easy.

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer recipe is chilled summer rolls with fresh shrimpt. Thanks!

It's me said...

Favorite summer recipe:
My version of panzanella.
Grill green, yellow & red peppers and onions. Toast olive-oil brushed ciabatta. Cut everything into chunks, combine and toss with a lemony vinaigrette.

Kelly said...

Oh, now I'm craving this! Thank goodness summer is on it's way!

Broccoli Salad
1 teaspoon salt
5-6 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 1 pound of florets)
1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds (or walnuts)
1/2 cup cooked, crumbled tofu bacon
1/4 cup of red onion, chopped
1 cup of frozen peas, thawed (or fresh peas if you can get them)

1 cup tofu mayonnaise (Nasoya brand works well)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4-1/3 cup honey (depending on how sweet you like it)

1 Bring a large pot of water, salted with a teaspoon of salt, to a boil. Add the broccoli florets. Cook 1-2 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want the broccoli. 1 minute will turn the broccoli bright green, and leave it still pretty crunchy. 2 minutes will cook the broccoli through, but still firm. Set your timer and do not cook for more than 2 minutes, or the broccoli will get mushy. Drain the broccoli and immediately put into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Let cool and drain.

2 Combine broccoli florets, almonds, crumbled bacon, chopped onion, and peas in a large serving bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar and honey. Add dressing to the salad and toss to mix well. Chill thoroughly before serving.

gray la gran said...

though i don't really have the *means* to grill ... oh how i love grilled foods!
my favorite summer recipe is for tabouli from the moosewood cookbook.
it's easy to make, is well rounded, and i don't need a grill ;)

Catherine said...

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Anonymous said...

I just made mango salsa pasta and it definitely screams 'summer' to me!

Enjoy spring! :)

Debbie said...

1)sliced heirloom tomatoes w/ just a bit of grey salt
2) homemade ice cream--fresh peach or uber-vanilla
3) almost anything grilled outdoors

everything written about thus far sounds wonderful and has whet my appetite for the foods of summer!

the book looks great--love the picture on the cover, as well as the ideas you shared from it

juststudying said...

Any salads that don't have lettuce as the base. I love taco salad with spinach, greek salad, pasta salad ...mmmm... salad just screams summer. One of my absolute favorites is the Green Bean Quinoa Salad recipe from everybodylikessandwiches. Crunchy green beans, roasted Quinoa and lemony freshness. In the summer I make this salad weekly and love love love it!

nickie said...

Nothing says summer more to me than salads. The return of fresh corn and tomatoes are high on my salad ingredient list. Our family favorite includes these two summer staples along with cucumbers, red onion and black beans in a lime and chili vinaigrette. Add in some chopped cilantro right before serving and serve on a colorful plate to those you love. I can't wait! By the way, I never cook fresh corn right off the cob for this salad!