Final Fling: End of Summer Bites

There’s still time to enjoy the best of summer, without resorting to “it’s complicated.” With flavors at their peak, keeping things simple is the best way to go.

For starters, heirloom tomatoes are worth every penny. So splurge one last time! Simply season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Or slice and serve with fresh avocado (a winter crop in summer’s clothing) or goat milk yogurt and basil.

Peaches are best undressed. While I love a good cobbler or pie, the best way to enjoy them for dessert on warm summer nights is au naturel.

For a refreshing hors d’oeuvre that takes no time, slice a cucumber and top with smoked salmon. Party bonus: The colors will pop on a buffet table.

Mixed company? The options above will make it easy for all dietary persuasions to partake!

Lox, Avocado & Goat Cheese Salad

The highly compatible combination of smoked salmon, avocado, goat cheese and spinach are perfect for a healthy and filling lunch on the run.

In about 3 minutes, you can toss pre-washed spinach in a bowl, add lox right from its package (cut if desired once it’s in the bowl), scoop in half an avocado, then drop in a pat of goat cheese and finish with olive oil. Slap on a lid and go!

Smashed Potatoes with Lox

Smoked salmon is one of my all-time favorite indulgences. Here’s an easy way to enjoy it guilt-free with smashed potatoes and goat milk yogurt.

Steam red potatoes in a microwaveable bowl, covered by a plate, for 5-10 minutes – until potatoes can be pierced with a fork. Then, simply smash potatoes with a fork in the same bowl, and top with sliced lox and goat milk yogurt. Super satisfying and satiating!

My Week in Food

Belated birthday feast at Mulvaney’s Building & Loan in Sacramento, beginning with House Smoked Salmon

House Smoked Salmon @ Mulvaney's B & L

Hand Cut Fettuccine

Hand Cut Fettucini @ Mulvaney's B & L

Sunday dinner at home: Southern Pulled Pork with Mashed Potatoes (swapped chardonnay and water for vinegar)

Exploring the Mission: Turkey Sandwich at Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar

Turkey Sandwich @ Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar

Saturday date night at Scratch in Mountain View; starting with Ahi Tuna Nicoise

Ahi Tuna Nicoise @ Scratch

Macaroni and Cheese (Best ever, according to David)

Macaroni and Cheese @ Scratch

Lava Cake

Lava Cake @ Scratch