Earlier this week, I made a trip to the market and within minutes was giddy with excitement. The stalls were overflowing with ripe, juicy, brightly colored summer produce! I completely forgot myself and ended up buying loads of fruits and vegetables, which I then had to lug home. But it was so worth it. This abundance of ripe produce only comes around once a year, and lasts way too short, so better make the most of it, right? So without further ado, here’s what caught my eye on the blogosphere – delicious recipes brimming with the best summer has to offer. Enjoy!

For starters, Caitlin features a wonderful Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Brown Butter Corn. I love how instead of the usual oil and vinegar dressing, the corn gets sauteed in brown butter. And farro is one of my favorite grains. It’s so versatile and provides great texture and substance to a salad. I can easily envision this salad as a wonderful side for grilled chicken or fish. Tasty!

Next up, a superb Summer Corn Soup by Jennifer over at Seasons and Suppers. This is a light and healthy recipe bursting with flavor. There’s lots of sweet corn, celery, marjoram, and a delicious topping of sour cream, tomatoes, and fresh basil. Oh, and did I mention that Jennifer serves this soup with home made buttermilk biscuits sprinkled with fleur de sel? Mouthwatering…

This scrumptious Zucchini, Sweet Onion, and Bell Pepper Tart by Branny over at Branny Boils Over is calling my name! It is so refreshing to see bell peppers used creatively rather than in the tired old stuffed version. The tart sounds like a combination of a pie and a quiche, but without the heaviness of cream and too many eggs. It features a crust made with whole wheat flour and olive oil rather than butter. Perfect with a little salad for a light lunch!

And to finish it all off, the ultimate summer Watermelon Peach Limeade from Karen at Our Life In The Kitchen. Whether you make this with vodka, tequila, or no alcohol at all, this drink should best be sipped in a hammock under a palm tree, on a lounge chair by the pool, or in a rocking chair on a shady front porch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The color alone is heavenly… Summer doesn’t get any better than this!

Happy weekend!

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