By Chef Rich Baringer

In my newsletter last month, I wrote an article about what I call the Summer Trinity—three foods that epitomize summer for me: sweet corn, peaches and tomatoes. Nothing makes me think of summer more than the taste of these foods freshly picked. This recipe—a simple and tasty one from Cook’s Country magazine—uses two of the three.

Try to use some different colored tomatoes to make the salad look nicer and try to get free-stone peaches, which will make it easier to chop them.  But whatever kind you use, be sure to get perfectly ripe tomatoes and peaches. Otherwise, it’s just not worth it!

Peach and tomato salad

PEACH AND TOMATO SALAD
Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS
1 lb tomatoes, cored, cut into ½” thick wedges and wedges halved crosswise
Salt and pepper
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
½ tsp lemon zest, grated
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 lb peaches, halved, pitted and cut into ½” thick wedges and wedges halved crosswise
1 shallot, sliced into thin rings
1/3 cup mint, torn

HOW TO

  1. Combine tomatoes and ½ tsp salt in a bowl and toss. Transfer to a colander and let drain in sink for 30 min.
  2. Whisk oil, vinegar, zest, juice, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper in a large bowl. Add peaches, shallot and tomatoes. Toss gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with mint and more olive oil, if desired.

Rich Baringer is chef/owner of Dinner’s Done Personal Chef Service.  Rich grew up in Haycock Township and has lived (and eaten) in Bucks County his whole life. He now lives in Blooming Glen Village with his wife, Mary Beth, his son Jake, and their new pup, Teddy. Rich graduated from the Culinary Business Academy in Atlanta, is a member of the U.S. Personal Chef Association and owns Dinner’s Done Personal Chef Service. For more information about Dinner’s Done PCS, contact Rich at 215.804.6438,  dinnersdonepa@comcast.net or check out his website.

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1. Friday Freestyle Flights of Wine

Fri, Aug 28, 5 – 10 pm at The Washington House, 136 N. Main Street, Sellersville

Wines at the Washington House

End the workweek with wine tasting at The Washington House. Freestyle Flights of Wine happens on the fourth Friday of each month. That means Friday, August 28, you can create your own tasting flight by choosing four different wines from a list of 20 wines for only $10. Each taste is 1 ½ oz. and the four together is the equivalent of a six-ounce glass of wine. It’s perfect for those who just can’t choose what to drink, or a chance to try a new wine. 

Read our past post about wine tasting in Bucks County here: Tasting and Touring Bucks County

2. Food Truck #2.0

Fri, Aug 28, 4 – 9 pm at the Central Bucks Family YMCA, 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown

Food Truck Friday

Time for a bigger and better Food Truck Friday at the Central Bucks Family YMCA, with more trucks, more music, and everything more spread out. There’s some new stuff happening at this event, with live entertainment from School of Rock, Lolly and Yoyo and Lima Bean Riot. Obviously check out the array of food trucks like Mac Mart, Surf and Turf, Oink and Moo BBQ, and Pizza Wagon, to name a few. But what’s new about this food truck event? There’s more space, and Doylestown Brewing Co. is back with six taps! Sand Castle Winery will be attending as well. There’s kid-friendly food too, so there’s something for the whole family. See a list of questions you might have here.

3. It’s All About Preserving the Tomato! Workshop

Sat, Aug 29, 12 – 2 pm at Blue Moon Acres, 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ

Tomatoes; photo credit L. Goldman

Stop debating whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable and just can it! At Blue Moon Acres and Farms, you’ll learn how to use the tomato in a ton of recipes and how to preserve them. On Saturday, August 29, visit Blue Moon Acres at 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ and join Marian Bolum, founder of Farm to Jars, and Certified Master Food Preserver, as she gives a hands-on tomato canning class with step-by-step canning instructions on whole tomatoes, kitchen prep along with a discussion on freezing and drying tomatoes. And, while you work, enjoy a delicious cooling tomato gazpacho soup with rustic bread, and finish off the lunch with a basil yogurt creamsicle. The workshop is $45 per person, and includes step-by-step instructions, handouts, recipes, sweet & zesty tastings, recipes, beverages and a jar to go home with. Registration required to guarantee a spot! 

Learn more about Marian Bolum & Farm to Jars here, and read more about the farm here: Blue Moon Acres

4. Upper Bucks Brewfest

Sat, Aug 29, 12 – 4 pm at the Quakertown Train Station, 15 Front Street, Quakertown

It’s time for the Upper Bucks Brewfest! Tickets are still on sale so make sure to grab some for friends and family so you can have one great night out. General admission gets you unlimited tastings of 50 craft beers. There’s also VIP tickets and designated driver tickets, so you can be sure to have a good time and not worry about driving. There will be live music as well. Come out to Quakertown and see that the “weather is fine and the beers are divine!”

Buy your tickets here.

Have a great weekend!

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