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I get a TON of emails, a lot of which revolve around food, food prep, packaging, etc, every day. Sometimes it's exciting to look through them (I'm always looking for new favor ideas, the latest food craze and new recipes) and sometimes they are a rehash of older food ideas or articles.
One of the emails I always enjoy looking at are the ones from thekitchn.com. They always have great ideas and it has been exciting watching the emails and website evolve into an increasingly sophisticated site.
The most recent email I received had an article titled "22 things you need to eat before the end of summer." You can click on the title to see the complete article. I'll cover just two that caught my eye.
I love the Creamy Zucchini Fettuccini! What's not to love about zucchini? It's versatile in so many ways. It can be sweet or savory. You can serve it in plain site or hide it in a muffin or cake. This recipe offers up a creamy pasta with an alfredo sauce spiced up with chopped zucchini and red pepper flakes. Oh, and did I mention it comes together in about 20 minutes? Great for weeknights or a quick weekend dinner.
Another recipe in this article is a dessert, perfect for using those luscious summer strawberries and impressive enough to serve to guests. They call it "Towering Strawberry Shortcake".
You can make it a two layer cake (the chiffon cake recipe is included) or you can double the recipe to make it a four layer cake. Either way, it's not as hard as it sounds and trust me, your guests will enjoy either version. The surprise in this recipe is the basil whipped cream. Before you turn your nose up at this addition-just try it. Adding herbs to old standby recipes often adds the boost needed to send the recipe over the top. And it's not hard to do. I challenge you to give it a try!
And check out the way the strawberries are sliced--some have the tops left on, some are sliced in half, other strawberries are sliced, some are sliced side up, some are sliced side down. This gives a nice variation in color and texture and is what makes this dessert even more interesting. It's the little things that add to the beauty of a dish when you put them all together.
There are 22 recipes in all-from alcoholic drinks to salsa to main dish to dessert. Check them out and brighten up your summer meals!
Pictures courtesy of thekitchn.com.