My Five Favorite French Summer Recipes — for Now, Anyway!

Well, I’m back from my Spain/France trip. Wow—I basically stayed within a 100-mile radius of Collioure. Didn’t cover a lot of ground but I sure soaked in a lot of France: The Roussillon, to be exact. More on that another time.

Meanwhile, I’m back to my own kitchen here in Amerique profonde, and getting ready to enjoy midsummer produce….as I always say, you can cook like the French wherever you live, as long as you have great ingredients (and a great cookbook…).

I’ve selected five favorite recipes from the archives that showcase produce that’s available right now. Enjoy!

1. Cherry Clafoutis

My supermarket has Bing cherries in spades–and they’re priced as if on a fire sale! Time to take advantage, with summer’s easiest dessert.

Swing those Bing Cherries into a great clafouti. #SoEasy.

Swing those Bing Cherries into a great clafouti. #SoEasy.

 

2. My French Tabbouli

True. The French generally don’t use bulgar in their tabbouli (they use couscous). But I like getting those whole grains. This can easily anchor a fresh summer meal of cured meats and cheeses, by the way!

Tabouleh, olives, cheese, and prosciutto (or other charcuterie) = a fresh and light meal (provided you don't eat too much!).

Tabouleh, olives, cheese, and prosciutto (or other charcuterie) = a fresh and light meal (provided you don’t eat too much!).

 

3. Ratatouille—Of Course!

Every single ingredient in this great dish is in season right now (except maybe tomatoes….the best are yet to come). Take advantage. And if you’re not sure how to serve ratatouille, I’ve got you covered with this post on How to Serve Ratatouille.

Ratatouille....I used my beloved Le Creuset braiser, but a Dutch oven or deep skillet will do.

Ratatouille….I used my beloved Le Creuset braiser, but a Dutch oven or deep skillet will do.

 

4. French Green Bean Salad–Seriously Good

Good heavens, the green beans at the market look heavenly…..I’ve taken a few fist-fulls home and this is what I’ll do with them.

French Green Bean Salad Recipe with Caprese (or, if you flavor it with French herbs, call it Caprice!)

French Green Bean Salad Recipe with Caprese (or, if you flavor it with French herbs, call it Caprice!)

 

5. French Corn and Radish Salad

Yup–it’s sweet-corn season here in Amerique profonde (the only place in America to call it “sweet” corn instead of just “corn.” You see, we have to distinguish it from field corn…..that’s for the barnyard animals.

French Corn Salad!

French Corn Salad!

That’s all for now. As the parade of produce continues to march through summer, I’ll be in touch with more great recipes. Stay tuned–follow me on Facebook to keep track of what’s coming up next.

 

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