Things are a little too interesting right now at Blue Kitchen—in a good way. So rather than cook something this week, I’m taking a look at what’s cooking on some of my favorite food blogs.
1. Balsamic Roasted Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A common thread these days is working with bountiful fresh fruit. I don’t think anyone does it more decadently than Kevin at Closet Cooking does with this sandwich. A grilled cheese sandwich. Made with brie. And dark chocolate. And cherries roasted in balsamic vinegar. Or brandy. Or port. If you’re already salivating like I am, you’ll find the recipe here.
2. Plum Salsa
Speaking of summer fruits, plums take a starring role in this sweet/savory/spicy salsa from John at Kitchen Riffs. It can be served as a dip for chips and veggies, but it’s also perfectly at home topping grilled chicken or fish. You’ll find the recipe here.
3. Strawberry Peach Cobbler with Almond Biscuit Topping
Nicole over at Pinch My Salt takes full advantage of two fresh summer fruits with this delicious, homey looking dessert. It’s a mashup of her two favorite desserts, peach cobbler and strawberry shortcake. You’ll find the recipe—and great tips on using and storing strawberries—here.
4. President Obama’s Chili
Okay, maybe not strictly summery, but it’s been pleasantly, unseasonably cool here in Chicago. Lydia at The Perfect Pantry inspires pantry envy in me on a regular basis. Her legendarily well-stocked pantry produces countless treasures. Including this one, her take on the Commander-in-Chef’s turkey chili recipe. Amusingly, she takes the President to task for not spicing things up enough. The recipe is here.
5. Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
Most grilling recipes (including mine) advise letting whatever meat you’re grilling come to room temperature before cooking. Elise at Simply Recipes takes the opposite tack with these grilled chicken breasts. Putting them on the grill cold produces nice grill marks without overcooking the chicken. Here’s the recipe.