Recipe: Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

 

Extra layers are usually the last thing we want during summer, but we can't get enough of this creative parfait, which features multi-textural strata of lime flan, lime curd, watermelon granita, and fresh blueberries. Heather Carlucci served this unique dessert at a recent Chefs & Champagne fête in the Hamptons. 

 

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Recipe Roundup: Summer Soups

Matthew Jennings's recipe Chilled Young Carrot Soup with Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Chilled soup is a staple in our kitchen this time of year: it's easy to make, endlessly versatile, and an ideal showcase for our favorite seasonal ingredients. Paired with a loaf of crusty bread and a hunk of good cheese, any of these recipes would make a perfect summer supper.

 

Chilled Sorrel Soup with Jonah Crab Salad and Jerusalem Artichokes

Michael Lomonaco tames tart sorrel with sweet crab and Jerusalem artichokes in this cool, creamy soup.

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Recipe: Spicy Grilled Octopus and Watermelon Skewers

 

We love the equal-opportunity aspect of grilling: the high-heat technique is happy to lend its smoky stamp to almost anything that graces the grates.

 

In this Asian-inspired canapé, Oceana's Ben Pollinger gives octopus some time over the coals. First the tentacles marinate in a bold mix of Korean chili paste, sesame oil, and soy sauce, then take a long steam until tender. After a couple minutes on a very hot grill, the lightly charred octopus is tossed in a Thai basil and kaffir lime vinaigrette, then coupled with juicy cubes of fresh watermelon.

 

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Recipe Roundup: Simple Summer Seafood

 

Summertime is all about the water—whether you're swimming in it or eating from it. We crave seafood this time of year, but we like to keep it simple with ceviches, seafood salads, and sandwiches that come together quickly so we can spend less time in the kitchen and more time on the beach.

 

Lobster Rolls

Is there anything better than sweet chunks of fresh, chilled lobster tossed with mayonnaise (Hellman's, of course) and served in a warm, buttered bun? With cooked lobster meat made ahead of time (or better yet, left over from a lobster boil the night before) this New England classic couldn't be easier to make.

 

Summer Crab and Tomato Salad

JBF Award winner Donald Link serves this light, flavorful salad with simply dressed watercress... Read more >

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Recipe: Chilled Watermelon Soup with Mint and Ginger

 

Even though splitting open a watermelon before it's officially summer feels like sacrilege, we're thankful that this chilled watermelon soup from Las Vegas–based chef Carla Pellegrino has come to rescue us from the recent spike in temperature. Made with blended frozen watermelon and served with a mound of crushed ice in its center, this dish will cool you to the core. Get the recipe here

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On the Menu: Our Labor Day Weekend Menu

labor day menuMarc Murphy's mini lobster rolls; Karen DeMasco's sweet corn budino with blueberries and cornmeal shortbread

As summer’s twilight looms, we’re testing the strength of our shopping bags by loading them up with ingredients for these tasty late-season recipes. This menu may not call for a piping hot grill, but it will still help you cope with the fact that another summer has come and gone. Chilled Carrot Soup With Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint This elegant dish is souped up (sorry, we can’t resist) with curry, sweet pistachios, and an unexpected dollop of clotted cream, making it one of the more cosmopolitan carrot purées we’ve seen.

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Recipe: Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

Heather Rodriguez-Carlucci's Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon GranitaPrint’s Heather Rodriguez-Carlucci whipped up this triple-decker dessert at Chefs & Champagne, but the preparation is also doable at home. The flan gets some zing from lime curd, which is made by combining beaten eggs with sugar and the highly acidic fruit juice. The granita, a frozen Italian treat with coarse ice crystals, can (and should) bypass the ice cream churner: just place a shallow container of fruit syrup in the freezer and use a fork to periodically rake up ice as it forms. (The pros call this still freezing.)

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Recipe: Bay Scallop Ceviche with Watermelon and Black Sesame

Bay Scallop Ceviche with Watermelon and Black Sesame Tied together with a lemongrass, ginger, and Sriracha vinaigrette, this zesty scallop ceviche will entice any fan of Asian flavor. We also think it’s completely gorgeous, especially the sesame-seed finish. Make it the centerpiece of your next dinner party spread. Want more scallop ceviche? Check out another recipe here.

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