Photo Credit: Casey Barber
With summer eating and drinking in mind, here are a few links from food blogs and websites that caught my eye this week.
It's sour cherry season -- time for pie- and jam-making, if you're lucky enough to get your hands on those little red gems. Tired of elbowing her way through the New York City farmers markets, Casey Barber of Good. Food. Stories. heads to a New Jersey orchard to get her fill of sour cherries and writes about why some things in life are worth the extra trouble.
Blueberries are also in season and Dinner: A Love Story has a recipe for a simple blueberry galette that's perfect for summer. Even better, it can be made with a storebought frozen pie crust. (Or homemade pate brisee if you're feeling more ambitious.)
Ideal for summer entertaining, Food + Wine takes a look at inexpensive red, white and rosé wines and light beers, plus three ideas for refreshing pitcher cocktails.
Or, if you're looking for something nonalcoholic, Huffington Post has tips on how to make the best iced tea.
Hummus is a staple at summer picnics and outdoor gatherings, and KitchenDaily recently did a taste-off of 14 different brands. Reactions ranged from "Tastes a little too much like lime sour mix" to ""I would eat a tub of this."
If you're looking for inspiration to fire up the grill, look no further than Smitten Kitchen's skirt steak with bloody mary tomato salad. Yum.
I wouldn't normally call macaroni salad "sophisticated" but Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks created a grown-up version with whole wheat macaroni, green onions, apples, arugula and parmesan that would be an unexpected addition to a picnic or potluck.
Pimento cheese, the classic Southern spread, is popping up on restaurant menus across the country and losing its down-home appeal with ingredients like smoked paprika and crème fraîche. The Wall Street Journal has a roundup of some of the best incarnations of this cheesy trend.
And just for fun, we recently discovered the blog Starbucks Spelling, a gallery of images of misspelled names written on cups by Starbucks baristas. It's hard to say whether these seriously butchered names are a result of the noise levels in Starbucks or just spelling mistakes, but they sure are funny.