3 Cool—And Simple—Ways To Celebrate Summer

Here at 40NORTH Restaurants our culinary and mixology teams are always looking to create new and exciting dishes and drinks that incorporate seasonal ingredients, especially in the summer months!

Growing up our Executive Chef Kevin Felice had many a fond memories of growing and harvesting in his family garden. “It was a great bonding activity for my family and we have so many memories that stemmed from the garden, like time in the kitchen cooking with what we grew, herbs, vegetables and fruit… the possibilities were endless!”

Now as we are all heading into the last days of summer, families are wrapping up their vacations, and school is starting soon. Now’s the time to create a few fun, warm-weather inspired dishes. Try the following:

Flavored Ice Cubes

Freeze herbs, fruits or veggies in ice cube trays and serve them in water. Not only are they refreshing, but they make for an artful drink. Try a blend of cucumber, basil and salt; orange juice, lime juice and lime zest; or sugar, lemon juice, raspberries and mint sprigs. For recipes click here.

Peach and Gorgonzola Chicken Pizza

Sprinkle a tomato sauce-less pie with fresh peaches, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Gorgonzola cheese, mozzarella cheese and chicken breast. This recipe is simple to make at home because it involves using a premade crust, a la Boboli. It’s also a quick meal—you can whip it up in 20 minutes. See the recipe here.

Jicama and Watermelon Salad

You can’t go wrong with a healthy and refreshing salad like this one. Toss together crunchy jicama, cut into matchstick pieces; watermelon chunks; and torn mint leaves, and coat with fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice, honey, black pepper and kosher salt. Click here for the recipe.

Have fun with these last few weeks of family fun. Enjoy!