The other day I had an inspiration… We have a mint plant that is growing like crazy, and I adore a little sprig of mint in my Iced Tea in the Summer time. So a recipe creation was in order… What about gelato, inspired by the flavors of good ol Southern iced tea? The experiment was quite a success – although next time I think I’ll add a bit of lemon zest to the mix to really capture a perfect iced tea. Go get the recipe over at Foodwhirl: Southern Mint Iced Tea Gelato.
More Summer food inspirations from Foodwhirl.com:
“My awesomely cool friend Rachel pointed out these on her Facebook, and I had to link them here. We’ve featured Tres Leches Cake here before (yay, Niki!) but I know some of you won’t go bake a cake. But everyone makes pancakes, right? They aren’t scary. So check out these Tres Leches Pancakes at Givers Log.”
“Need a nice, healthy lunch, or a light dinner? I adore fish sandwiches in the summer, and salmon and cucumber are always a nice mix! I love to cook an extra salmon filet or two (to medium rare) when doing salmon for dinner (maybe Chili Garlic Salmon?), then heating it up the next day for a quick lunch.”
“With the summer so hot, when I recently planned my son’s birthday party, I decided to do it as early in the day as possible to beat the heat a bit. And since we were inviting both kids and adults, we needed ‘real food’ for everyone to munch on. A brunch was a relatively easy and cost effective way to feed everyone and have a great gathering…”
“I hope everyone is gearing up for a lovely Weekend! Here in Atlanta it’s going to be beautiful, but HOT… So, here are some ideas for cooling off! ” Including: Make a Cucumber Gimlet at Crumpets and Cakes! Or maybe some Homemade Herbal Lemonade. Pictured: Star Shaped Fruit salad from Chica & Jo.
“I spotted this gorgeous idea this morning, at Cristina – from Buenos Aires to Paris, and thought “wow, 2 of my favorite foods – why didn’t I think of this combination?” Needless to say, this looks divine! Dreaming about vacations by the sea? Late summer nights sharing dinner with friends?”
“I’ve been on a kick of Asian inspired food lately (like this Easy Pad Thai!) and this one looks like an excellent choice… A simple Thai meal! Basil Chicken (Gai Pad Krapow) at No Recipes. Thai Basil Chicken is one of those dishes that fits squarely in the category of best-bang-for-your-buck.”
“I’ve been experimenting with selling herbs at the local farmers market recently and the one that seems to sell the best is basil. I always seem to sell out early. So this last market, I took double what I normally take and guess what….. I didn’t sell it all. …”
“This sounds like a delicious application for ground turkey, from the very helpful The Perfect Pantry! Why does a whole chicken taste better than a whole turkey, but ground turkey tastes better than ground chicken? I don’t have the answer, but I always have ground turkey in my freezer.”
“I had the urge the other night to make some sort of dish with shrimp, to use up some shrimp broth in my freezer. I had a pound of shrimp, and also some frozen okra on hand, so I figured that was just screaming to go Cajun or Creole (Let the good times roll with Shrimp Creole!).”
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