- Fennel Slaw with Mint Vinaigrette: I'm growing fennel for the first time ever this year, so when I realized the bulbs were fat and ready, I had no idea what to do with them. A little Googling turned up this recipe, which turned out wonderful! Even my "it's only worth eating if it comes from the drive-thru" husband and my "it's only worth eating if it has enough sugar to make an elephant diabetic" son liked it. Yes, for real: my 13-year-old liked a fennel salad. It really was delicious, especially after it had sat in the fridge for about a day. The extra time mellowed the flavors a bit.
- Peach sorbet: Our peach tree is loaded this year, so I'll be having fun finding stuff to do with peaches (it's a tough job, but someone has to do it). We bought an old ice cream freezer at a yard sale a few years ago and (finally) tried it out. Neither of us has ever made ice cream before, but with a little pampering of the ancient ice cream maker, we succeeded in making the most wonderful sorbet I've ever eaten. This is a very simple recipe from the Food Network - basically peaches and sugar. The result tasted like a creamy, frozen version of a fresh peach. Absolutely divine.
Lest anyone out there think I'm a health nut, I've also had fun cooking up green beans with lots of bacon. Once I've perfected my beans-to-grease ratio, I'll post a recipe here.