5 Easy Ways to Use Up Summer Fruit Before It Goes Bad

 

Summer fruit is so precious and fleeting, sometimes it can be hard to hold back at the market. We come home loaded down with baskets of cherries and blueberries, quarts of tiny plums and fuzzy peaches. And inevitably some of it ends up crossing the line between peak ripeness and too-mushy-to-eat-raw, and we toss it. But this summer, make it your mission not to let over-ripe fruit go to waste. Transform those bruised nectarines, mushy apricots, and smashed strawberries into jams, scones, homemade cocktails, smoothies. Make the most of the season. Leave no stone fruit unturned. Here's how:

 

1) Make a hodgepodge compote: peel and dice whichever fruits have become mushy and over-ripe: peaches, apricots, cherries, rhubarb, it doesn't matter. In a medium saucepan, combine the fruit, a squeeze of lemon, and a couple of heaping tablespoons of granulated sugar. Simmer on low heat until the fruit has broken down and the mixture is beginning to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Taste. If it's too... Read more >

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America’s Classic: Mustache Bill’s Diner, Barnegat Light, NJ

These days, the food at diners is all too often of poor to middling quality. But not at Mustache Bill’s. For more than 35 years, owner Bill Smith has made everything on the diner’s menu from scratch—refusing to buy anything premade. It’s the homemade, straight-from-the-heart cooking that makes Mustache Bill’s a must-stop destination on the Jersey Shore for both the fishing community regulars and the summertime beachgoers. Fishermen reward their community diner with dayboat fluke and scallops, which Smith prepares with aplomb. But follow the lead of the locals and you’ll soon be tucking into platters of roasted-that-day turkey, ham, and beef. And legendary pancakes. It is no surprise that the crowds are huge at this seasonal spot: Mustache Bill’s does 1,000 covers on a typical summer day, and it’s only open 6:00 a.m. to

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