I dread the end of summer like a 4th grader. It’s not that I have to go back to sitting in the boring classroom (I actually liked school, unlike other kids). It’s because it’s the end of all the peaches, plums and other berries. So in the last burst of summer stone fruit that hits the market, I buy up bags of them and then proceed to make desserts and dishes with them as fast as I can to savor their fleeting flavor. I adore making galettes because they are fast and easy and the more rustic and handmade they look, the more elegant they look! It’s a win-win situation if you ask me. So I slide my parchment paper with the galette onto the Anolon 11 x 17 cookie pan and baked one of my last desserts with peaches and plums. Until next year summer fruit! (Get the recipe over at the Anolon site).
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As a special thanks to all you readers, I’m also working with Anolon to do a big giveaway! I’m giving away all four pieces of cookware that I used to create my recipes to one lucky reader! Included in this giveaway are:
Anolon Advanced 2 Quart Covered Saucepan which I made my New England Inspired Shrimp Summer Rolls
Anolon Vesta 3 Quart Oval Au Gratin, in Paprika Red which I used to make my Summer Squash Au Gratin.
Anolon Advanced 14-inch French Skillet which I made the Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Maple Blueberry Sauce.
Anolon Advanced 11 x 17 Cookie Sheet which I used for the Plum and Peach Galette above.
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Beth R. says
This summer was a whirlwind, but I really enjoyed training for my 10th half marathon (which I crushed) and veggie picking at a local farm!
my favorite memory is recent, and it involves hiking a ridiculously dangerous trail (and surviving) to see a most spectacular view of acadia national park!
The road trip I took to Chicago with some friends for a weekend of food and museums. The whole thing is one great memory!
Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) says
making a really tasty and pretty matcha layer cake with strawberry swiss meringue buttercream! the subsequent overconfidence wasn’t so hot, but in the moment of baking/decorating it was great (:
I love galettes! They are so easy to assemble and nothing tastes better than fresh baked fruit and sugar. I just wish my boyfriend agreed so we could enjoy together. (He is more of a chocolate man)
My favorite summer memory is picking up my daughter from ISU after her first year at college. Stuffing all her stuff in my car and the happiness of having her home for three months will not soon be forgotten.
I’m a runner (my wife calls me a crazy runner) and for my 40th birthday I chose to run 2 full marathons in one weekend. My birthday was on Friday, ran on Saturday in Kentucky and Sunday in Ohio. It was an epic weekend that I will never forget! I proved that turning 40 doesn’t have to mean that you are over the hill, could just be the beginning, plus I think 40 is the new 30!
Kelly S says
My favorite summer memory is sitting on my patio at sunset, sipping on a Dark & Stormy cocktail, and watching the hummingbirds dive bomb each other.
Split evenly between finding wild blackberries in the field near my house early in the morning, taking them home for a greek yogurt, berry, and wild honey breakfast on the terrace in the early sun – or catching a glimpse very early in the morning of a mink – a wild mink, black as the night! – crawling ashore from a brook near the house and taking its time trundling down the dirt road and up into the woods. First mink I’ve ever seen!
Well I’m like you I love all the summer berries. However, I grow blackberries and as I picked my last bowl full of berries and made my last blackberry cobbler for the summer I enjoyed this cobbler more than all the others that I had made. I truly savored every bite (of course with a side of vanilla ice cream). My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
My favourite memory from this summer was getting to experience the Catskills and pick up fresh produce along the way. It was my first Summer here after moving from Thailand to New York and I couldn’t wait to see the countryside and meet the locals. We took our time driving up north and stopped at every chance we had. I found an amazing Cheese shop called Cheese Louise where we stocked up on crusty breads, cheese and berries. We got cheese and luckily enough next door we got some good grapes in a bottle to savour it all and spend a night at a beautiful mountain escape.
Lisa Salazar says
My favorite memory this summer was having my mom up for dinner – she has Alzheimer’s so she doesn’t get out often, and I was making rolls. She saw me, came over, pushed me out of the way and said “I’ve got this.” Bread was always mom’s thing to make for family gatherings and seeing that muscle memory pull her to her happy place was priceless. The rolls turned out great because you can “eat the love.”
Karen Wirima says
My favorite memory of the summer is going out to my Birthday dinner with my sister and her family. I was so happy that my nieces came too.
My favorite memory is when we were in Kauai to celebrate my parent’s 50th anniversary. Fell in love with the meatloaf and coconut macadamia pie. Came home to replicate the dinner for my parents one evening.
Tess Lecuyer says
Sunrise on an Adirondack beach with a morning swim in mist-covered waters as the light grew. Amazing!!
Nicole D. says
Nags Head, eggs Benedict; one day had bacon, the last day I had crab eggs Benedict…… <3
Going to the farmer’s market with my 3 year old. There’s almost always a band that plays and she’s really been getting her groove on. I love that she’s so carefree and doesn’t yet care about strangers watching and clapping along yet..with heavy encouragement from her parents, I hope this phase lasts a long time.
I loved taking my 2yr old to visit her cousins in North Carolina and New York.
My favorite memory from this summer was traveling cross country with the family for a wild fun campground wedding of a dear friend in the SanBernadino mountains.
Mary Ann says
I work at the beach at the Jersey shore. A little 2 1/2 named Garret keep running up the steps and jumping off the boardwalk. He was laughing with glee. He made my some summer memorable.
My favorite memory from this summer was all the produce from our garden and the trips with my family.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Traci Ross says
Eating homemade granola bars out on the trail while backpacking of coarse 😀
Dee Coye says
As a surprise birthday presen we took our only granddaughter on vacation to Disneyworld. She has never been out of PA. She was so excited! Every state line we went past, she called her Nana to tell her where she was at that time. She was like a princess staying in her first hotel, she had a whole bed to herself and realized the bathroom was right around the corner from her bed.
Andrea Pike says
My favorite memory from this summer was getting to go home for vacation (we moved to another state last year) and getting to see all of my family and friends.
My favorite memory from this summer was standing on the grounds of the Supreme Court with my wife while the equal marriage decision was announced!
I loved recreating food of the Greek Islands at home, with our Midwestern produce–our dinner on the balcony included roasted eggplant salad, shrimp saganaki, tomato paste with olive oil on bread, and red mullets. And rose, of course!
Seeing my son play in the water polo Junior Olympics!
Melissa Anderson says
Love you blog and your food!! I have made the tri-colored roasted carrots, summer minestrone soup, and attempted the fried chicken. Thank you for another great dessert post.
Linda Mire says
We celebrated our 40th anniversary in June by going to a South African Infusion Restaurant. They had Tiger Prawns bigger than my hand. Delicious!
Jane The Heritage Cook says
For a meal I think it is the Fresh Peach Chimichurri Sauce with Grilled Chicken. For an event, it was definitely hitting Send on the cookbook!! You were FABULOUS in Seattle!! <3
Taking my daughter to college for her first year there…a mixture of pride, anticipation and anguish at the start of this new phase in the life of my family. Love your blog and hope your cookbook is going well!
Theresa Marie DeCosta-Keener says
My favorite memory from this past summer is all the grilling and baking. Many fun nights cooking here. I enjoy your recipes! Can’t wait to try the next one.
Janice C says
Watching the fireworks from the boardwalk with my family.
aimee marie ingerson says
My favorite memory from this past summer was going to Mackinac Island. I’ll never forget the smell of lilacs there and the fudge was delicious. Plus they don’t drive on the island; they use bicycles and horses. This makes some of the smells a little on the “wiffy” side because of the horses. A treat of history when we all used to ride horses or walk.
P. S. I made the Apple Pandowdy w/ blackberries and it was simply wonderful–thank you!
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
My favorite memory of this summer was seeing my fourth grandson for the first time. Tears came to my eyes when my son handed me his baby to hold. Gosh! We Italians do get emotional when it comes to family. Now, would I love to have some new cookware? YES!! We still have some of the cookware we had when we were first married (ahem) over 40 years ago. The handles get hot and the lids are accidents waiting to happen. Thank you for the chance to win!!
Debbie G says
My favorite memory is tent camping with my boys in Big Sur each summer. The boys fondly talk about those times & the things we did. The food we created was so yummy & creative. The surroundings so peaceful. Just a little slice of heaven.
Peggy G says
My Zahav Culinary Tour in Israel. Zahav is an Israeli influenced restaurant in Philadelphia. The owner, Michael Solmonov put together a 10 day trip. We ate our way through Israel & saw the major sights. We ate at incredible local restaurants & visited local markets like the Carmel Market.
Holly S says
My favorite memory was taking my newborn daughter to meet her grandparents for the first time!
Favorite memory was visiting my hometown where I grew up. We even went to the house I grew up in and got to go inside. Took a drive to my highschool, favorite places to hang out, playgrounds we used to play at…it was great!
Lilizita Monteiro says
My favorite memory of this past summer was enjoying all the days in Lisbon with my children, husband, and his family!!! There is nothing like family, warm weather, swimming, beautiful sunsets, and delicious Portuguese food!
Aimee D. says
This summer was full of great times, so picking one was difficult. However, the best memory for me was my daughters 16th birthday. We had ALL the extended family over and I cooked a HUGE meal. I am happiest when I get to make “special” meals for them. We had a lot of health issues in the extended family last year, so it was wonderful to everyone together laughing and joking around again. Only happy tears this year!
libby rouse says
My favorite memory is having my grandchildren come and spend the weekdays during the summer, we had so much fun cooking, eating and going places, such wonderful memories!
Amy M. says
The best part of this summer was watching my two sons complete their Black Belt test for karate, which they both passed!
Taking a trip to Honolulu with 25 family members. Our favorite activity was driving out to the North Shore and swimming with the giant turtles and visiting the Dole Plantation for a pineapple whip.
My favorite memory was helping my mom move from my childhood home to her new condo. So many trips down memory lane!
My favorite summer memory is my husband and I took our kids to Mexico for 8 days working with orphans and elderly. It was a trip we will never forget. And hopefully get to do every summer.
The blueberry galette I made with the most incredible berries I ever had was the best memory of the summer. I shared with good friends and that added to how special it was.
Amy S. says
The best part of my summer was going on a California vacation with my family.
Nikki @ Nik Snacks says
I had an excellent summer! The best adventure was the 4-hour layover I had at LAX while coming from OAK! I literally jumped in a cab and went to Manhattan Beach. I had breakfast at a café and put my toes in the water for an hour before heading back to the airport to go back to NC
The best thing I did this summer was make reservations to go eat at Justus Drugstore, a restaurant in Smithville, MO., where I’ve wanted to go for years. We made a little weekend of it, with lunch at KC art museums and then dinner at Justus. It was fabulous!
edward ang says
It has to be the incredible concert at Robert Mondavi Winery on July 4th! The artists were fantastic, topped off with a most incredible fireworks! Unforgettable.
Carla S says
My best memory is seeing my grandmother for the first day when I drove down to see her.We played cards and went out. 🙂
My favorite memory from this summer was watching my dad teach my boyfriend to fish on the Kenai river in Alaska. It took multiple hours over the course of a few days, but he finally caught his first fish ever – a big tasty salmon! 🙂
Rene Lusk says
Best part about this summer was visiting Glacier National Park with my family.
My favorite memories for the summer take place at the East End of LI.
There is an awesome amount of fresh fruits and veggies there. Many farmers markets and organic farm stands. It’s the best food I eat all year.
Camping at Priest Lake in Idaho. Crazy clear water, great scenery, unfortunately leaving s’mores fixins outside and being woken up by a raccoon eating all of it.
Jackie Flood says
Thanks for the chance at this giveaway! My favorite summer memory involves having several “Detroit Days” in downtown Detroit, which I live near. There are so many amazing restaurants and bars down there – the food scene is really exploding!
The hubs and I moved our three kids from California to Colorado. It’s been a great experience!!
Good bye stone fruits! I will see you next year at the Central San Rafael and Stonestown Farmer’s Market. Hope everyone had a wonderful stone fruit and berry season. By the way, the galette looks mouth watering and the colors are gorgeous!
Best memory of the summer: Hiking the Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon solo in the morning, and coming back in the evening to watch the sun set 🙂
I went to the Himalayas this summer and hiked to base camp!
Pippa Clark says
My favorite memory from the past summer is when I find out that I was pregnant. It was in July and I felt like the happiest person on earth. Then, I told my boyfriend that we’re going to be parents and it was magical moment too.
My favorite memory from this summer was taking long walks with my dogs in the evenings when it started to cool off and the weather became more comfortable after the heat of the day.
Drinking margaritas by the pool with my awesome husband!
Lots of great summer memories… but, the best has to be sunrise in Yosemite… followed very closely by sunset in Yosemite:)
I had the best summer ever! We bought our first (town)home and moved in!!! It’s amazing
My favorite summer memory was probably baking a pie with the strawberries I’d bought from a farmer on the way home from 4 days off the grid in Yosemite. The trip was full of such epic camping stargazing cooking delicious goodness…it was a nice way to phase back into real life.
This summer, I was able to road trip with my best friend from Oklahoma City to Orange County, CA. We saw lots of friends on the way. It was lovely.
Heather Scott says
Being able to make a Mini mouse cake for my Daughter Birthday!
Erin R. says
It’s been a very strange, chaotic summer, but I really loved spending an unplanned Sunday with my husband last month just messing around, going wherever we felt like going at any given moment. Usually he is gone hiking on Saturdays and Sundays so it was a treat.
We went to Maui and ate magenta colored dragon fruit to eat! It was a pretty fun action packed summer aside from a little tropical bliss!
My favorite memory of this past summer would have to be spending an absolutely perfect day swimming and drinking and hanging out with good friends at rocky swimming cove in RI. The water was crazy clear and there were these big rocks you could climb up and jump off. It was so very perfect.
Kartik @ Bakeology 101 says
For me, the beach represents the quintessential aspect of summer and going three times to three different beaches, meeting new people, eating great food and just living life to the fullest. That’s how I enjoyed my summer. I lived it up!
For the last couple of years, I’ve raised and released Monarch butterflies. This year, however, there were no butterflies to be seen, which meant no eggs, which meant no caterpillars, and hence, no new butterflies. My most memorable moment of the summer came when I was in a field of milkweed (the only plant Monarch caterpillars feed on), hoping for any sign of Monarch activity, and I suddenly spotted a large, healthy, beautiful Monarch caterpillar! I actually exclaimed out loud, and my eyes filled with tears. Since then, I did find more, and will have released nearly fifty butterflies when the last ones leave for Mexico soon.
Barbara Norton says
My favorite summertime memory was fireworks in Washington, DC for the 4th of July!
My favorite memory this summer is the first time my child had ice cream!
My favorite memory was taking my son to Disneyland for his 6th birthday. He was so excited!
Scott T says
Waking up before sunrise to write my daughter letters, learning what order the birds in Berkeley wake up.
Michael Mayer says
My favorite summertime memory was going to the beach in the last day of summer which going to be the first day of fall. Sounds so great.
I fell in love this summer. That was pretty great.
Tammera Widell says
We took an Epic Road Trip. Great Memories 🙂