With the Summer months coming to a close, there are still so many great recipes and parties that true foodies just have to experience before the warm days end. A Chef’s list of to-dos is never complete, surely, but narrowing down these must-have food experiences to just ten makes it seem a bit more achievable. Check out this list of 10 ideas to put on a chef’s summer bucket list:
1. Go berry picking and put together a fresh fruit dessert.
The options are endless when it comes to fresh fruit and summer desserts. Try your hand at a fresh fruit pie, cobbler, or fruit pizza. Not sure which to choose? Make one of each and give extras to the neighbors.
2. Fire up the grill with a backyard barbecue.
A backyard barbecue is a great way to test your skills on the grill. Have friends and family bring their own meat to be prepared and expertly cooked by you. Do you have a new seasoning or sauce you’ve been wanting to try? Now’s the time to give it a whirl and get feedback by a few willing participants.
3. Host an apron painting and wine party.
Feeling extra creative in the last days of summer? Use that creative energy to make a unique apron for all of your future cooking excursions. Invite a small group over to put together craft-ready aprons and sample a few sips of wine.
4. Churn homemade ice cream.
There’s nothing like the creamy taste of homemade ice cream. Put the ole churn to use making unique and flavorful desserts like this blueberry ice cream from Kim at Food.com.
5. Hit the farmer’s market for organic veggies and fruits.
One of the best parts of summer is the unending carts full of fresh vegetables and fruits. Support the efforts of local farmers and 4-H Clubs by scanning for fresh produce to use in your summer dishes.
6. Stir up some fresh jam.
A loaf of bread warm from the oven can only be enhanced by a layer of fresh blackberry jam. Whether cooked or put in the freezer, jam made from scratch beats the store-bought kind any day. Put extras back for use over the winter and consider using some as gifts.
7. Bake zucchini bread.
There are so many ways to eat zucchini, but sometimes, it seems like there’s more zucchini than what can possibly be consumed in traditional dishes. The solution? Zucchini bread. Add nuts and/or chocolate chips to give it a little more bulk and sweetness.
8. Catch and cook a seafood dinner.
Get your sea legs working as you try your hand at crabbing along the coast. You’ll be anything but crabby when you cook up your catch and toss it with the classic seafood seasoning: Old Bay. Have plenty of towels around, as you’re sure to get a little messy.
9. Make sun tea.
The warm summer sun does all of the hard work for you when making a couple gallons of this sun tea from Martha Stewart. Add in some mint leaves for an iced drink that will be refreshing on the last summer days of the season.
10. Host a fish fry.
If you’re a fan of lazy day fishing then hosting an annual fish fry is right up your alley. Bread and fry up your fresh catch and serve with homemade French fries for a meal that will have guests talking until the next year rolls around.
The summer months are making their way for Fall. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Add these items to your chef’s summer bucket list and experience all of the good foods these months have to offer.