12 Warm-Weather Recipes We’re Making in August Because It’s Still Summer, Dang It

I was raised by a family of schoolteachers, which meant that we all dreaded the month of August. The school season was just around the corner and thus, the end of summer was drawing near. In our house, you weren’t allowed to ask “when’s the first day o…

I was raised by a family of schoolteachers, which meant that we all dreaded the month of August. The school season was just around the corner and thus, the end of summer was drawing near. In our house, you weren’t allowed to ask “when’s the first day of school?” or turn to my parents and say, “oh, are you excited to go back to work?” You would swiftly be cut off before you could finish the sentence because who wants to think about going back to school in the middle of July? 

But in August’s defense, there are some pretty wonderful things that happen this month, too. A streak of beautiful weather, and a bounty of incredible produce to take advantage of. Think eggplant, tomatoes, corn on the cob (finally!!!), plus sweet berries and stone fruit. So don’t think about the list of school supplies that will soon show up in the mail or the fact that you have to eat a cafeteria lunch at 10:58 a.m. For now, embrace several more weeks of summer with these recipes to make all throughout the month of August. They’ve all been hand-picked by our editorial team, so you know they’re good.

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Fresh Peach & Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Celebrate summer with scoop of this fresh peach and goat cheese ice cream: it’s bright and peachy with vanilla and almond extracts and just a hint of tangy goat cheese flavor. Eggless ice creams are a breeze to make and even easier to eat: this one only requires a quick whir in the blender before […]

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Celebrate summer with scoop of this fresh peach and goat cheese ice cream: it’s bright and peachy with vanilla and almond extracts and just a hint of tangy goat cheese flavor.

Eggless ice creams are a breeze to make and even easier to eat: this one only requires a quick whir in the blender before churning, no heat required.

White plate with three scoops of peach ice cream, cones, peach towel and fresh peaches

I’ve been on an ice cream kick this summer, especially now that the summer heat has hit with a vengeance. From toast & jam ice cream to strawberry funfetti ice cream cake, my ice cream machine has gotten plenty of exercise these past few months (I’ve actually got another ice cream recipe in the chute as well, one with a very interesting flavor you might raise your eyebrow at first, but trust me, it’s a good one. Alas, in an effort to spread things out and alternate some savory recipes in there too, you may have to wait a few weeks for that one).

This recipe uses a similar ice cream base as the strawberry buttermilk ice cream I used in my funfetti ice cream cake, simply swapping peaches for strawberries and goat cheese instead of the buttermilk.

Best of all, this ice cream is easy as pie (so the saying goes but honestly, pie is anything but easy, easy as eggless ice cream is much more apt). Simply blend up all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pour it right into your ice cream maker. No eggs, no tempering, no fuss.

Sometimes I opt to chill my base a bit more before churning (colder base = faster churn time = creamier ice cream), but if all your ingredients are pretty cold to begin with, you have permission to go straight from blender to ice cream maker.

White container with peach ice cream and one scoop, sitting on a peach-graphic towel with fresh peaches

The goat cheese is not an overpowering flavor, rather just a hint, enough to give it some body and tang without veering into funky territory (Taylor was worried about this when I first posed the idea, but trust me that he’s more than come around to it after tasting the final product). I do recommend using a mild goat cheese, we picked up a tub of fresh goat cheese at our local farmers market, and it was lovely. I feel like store bought cheeses, the kind in the plastic logs, are typically more pungent in flavor.

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44 Recipes From Black Food Bloggers to Celebrate Juneteenth

This year marks the 156th commemoration of Juneteenth. The holiday has largely been celebrated in Texas and certain pockets throughout the American South, but in recent years, people across America and even around the world have taken an interest in wh…

This year marks the 156th commemoration of Juneteenth. The holiday has largely been celebrated in Texas and certain pockets throughout the American South, but in recent years, people across America and even around the world have taken an interest in what Juneteenth, shorthand for June 19th, is all about.

On that day in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, news reached enslaved African Americans in Texas, finally ending legalized slavery. The day represents freedom, hope, and new beginnings for the Black community, and it is celebrated with parades, educational events, and communing around special foods.

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Betcha Didn’t Know All of These Were Stone Fruits

Whether you’re wandering around in a farmers market or passing through a section of the grocery store, odds are you’ve seen the term “stone fruit” tossed around near the peaches and plums. You put your keen mind to the task and gather that the term is …

Whether you’re wandering around in a farmers market or passing through a section of the grocery store, odds are you’ve seen the term “stone fruit” tossed around near the peaches and plums. You put your keen mind to the task and gather that the term is referencing a fruit (great start) with a, well, stone-like pit. Nailed it! But is there more to the concept? What is a stone fruit, exactly?

What is a stone fruit?

We’ve already gone over the obvious: Stone fruits are those with pits in the center. Officially, they’re fruits with a fleshy exterior known as the mesocarp (covered with a skin, or exocarp) that encases a stone or pit (the shell of which is a hardened endocarp with a seed inside). Also known as drupes, this category includes peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, apricots, and pluots.

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Peach Almond Crisp

Peach Crisp-a simple peach crisp made with fresh peaches and topped with a sweet almond oat topping. Add a scoop of ice cream for an extra special summer dessert. Peach Crisp Millions of peaches, peaches for ME! Don’t you just love that song? It …

Peach Crisp-a simple peach crisp made with fresh peaches and topped with a sweet almond oat topping. Add a scoop of ice cream for an extra special summer dessert. Peach Crisp Millions of peaches, peaches for ME! Don’t you just love that song? It always gets stuck in my head, especially when I am eating peaches…

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Peach Scones

Peach Scones- fluffy, buttery scones dotted with fresh peaches and finished with a sweet honey vanilla glaze. These homemade scones are going to become your new favorite breakfast treat.  Millions of peaches, peaches for me! I feel like we ha…

Peach Scones- fluffy, buttery scones dotted with fresh peaches and finished with a sweet honey vanilla glaze. These homemade scones are going to become your new favorite breakfast treat.  Millions of peaches, peaches for me! I feel like we have millions of peaches, thanks to our trees. We’ve picked SO many peaches. I have been eating…

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Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa is an easy summer snack that can be made in minutes. Serve the salsa with chips or use the salsa as a topping for tacos, grilled chicken, fish, or pork. This salsa recipe is a summer favorite! Peach season is my favorite because Utah has th…

Peach Salsa is an easy summer snack that can be made in minutes. Serve the salsa with chips or use the salsa as a topping for tacos, grilled chicken, fish, or pork. This salsa recipe is a summer favorite! Peach season is my favorite because Utah has the BEST peaches. We eat as many as…

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Grilled Peach Pizza with Corn and Chili Garlic Sauce.

This pretty little corn peach pizza should be your dinner tonight! It 100% screams HELLO SUMMER as loud as it can. Corn and peaches are one of my favorite combos ever. They basically represent summer on a dish. And I love that with both being sweet and crunchy, they can work in a dessert or […]

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This pretty little corn peach pizza should be your dinner tonight!

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

It 100% screams HELLO SUMMER as loud as it can.

sliced peaches

Corn and peaches are one of my favorite combos ever. They basically represent summer on a dish. And I love that with both being sweet and crunchy, they can work in a dessert or a savory meal. Just so good, right?

chili garlic oil

Peach pizza isn’t a new thing for us here. Years ago I made this peach ricotta pizza that has been a huge fave. And, well, corn on pizza? It’s a must have and another one of my favorite ingredients to throw on top of dough.

The combo also really shines in salads or salsas – if you’ve ever made the corn peach salsa from The Pretty Dish, then you know what I’m talking about! 

corn peach pizza on the grill

I threw this pizza on the grill, much like last year’s steakhouse pizza. I love doing pizza on the grill and we also have an ooni oven which is incredible. 

The only issue with grilling this is that the cheese may not get super bubbly and brown on top, in which case you can throw it under the broiler for a minute or two. If you head over to instagram today, I’ll show you exactly how I make this, step by step, in instagram stories. You’ll want to eat your screen! 

corn peach pizza off the grill

So the toppings! 

It allllll starts with some chili garlic oil. Sort of like this garlic sauce pasta, or the chili oil that I make for my white clam pizza – but combined! I’m warning you – this is addictive and you will want to dip and entire loaf of sourdough directly in it. It’s fab. Super garlicky with a hint of heat.

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

The oil sizzles with six cloves of garlic and a bunch of red pepper flakes. Then it’s the base for our pizza. On top we have thinly sliced peach, corn straight from the cob and a bunch of fresh mozzarella. I happened to use marinated fresh mozzarella and that is amazing too. Adds a little extra flavor, but it’s not totally necessary. Regular fresh mozzarella works too! 

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

After the pizza is cooked and super bubbly and cheese, I like to top it with a few handfuls of microgreens and then lots of fresh basil. Or whatever herbs you have on hand. I also like to do one more extra drizzle of chili garlic oil on top. 

And of course, feel free to throw on some parmesan! 

It’s heavenly.

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

Corn Peach Pizza

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Corn and Peach Pizza with Chili Garlic Sauce

This corn peach pizza is summer on a dish! Made with fresh mozzarella, basil and herbs and chili garlic sauce, it's incredible!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 2 days 25 minutes
Total Time 2 days 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

dough

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • flour and coarse cornmeal for dusting

toppings

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 peaches, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears of corn, kernels cut from the cob
  • 8 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced or in balls

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add the flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 1/2 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Make the garlic oil. In a small saucepan, combine the oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Cook over low heat, stirring often, just until the garlic is slightly golden and sizzling.
  • After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a rolling pin or your hands, form it loosely into your desired shape Place the towel back over the dough to rest.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat for 10 to 15 minutes - you want the temperature to be around 450 to 500 degrees F. If needed, lower the temperature a little bit.
  • Now comes the time when you need to be prepared! Have your corn and peaches sliced. Have your cheese out and ready to go. Generously cover a pizza peel with flour and coarse grind cornmeal. This will help prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Moving quickly, transfer your pizza dough to the pizza peel, quickly rolling it a bit more if needed but making sure the entire bottom is floured/cornmeal very well. Spoon the garlic oil all over top of the top, brushing it around the edges. Top with the cheeses, then the corn and peaches.
  • Quickly and gently use a spatula or additional pizza peel to slice your pizza directly on to the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until the pizza dough is bubbly and golden, anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes – but this will depend on the thickness of your crust. Just be sure to continue to check it. It will be finished when the edges are golden and puffed up! You can rotate the pizza a few times if you feel it needs it.
  • Once the pizza is finished, slide the peel under it and transfer it to a cutting board. Cover it with the micro greens and basil and slice it to serve. Enjoy!

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

Always craving this.

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Peach Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Luscious, creamy vanilla cheesecake bars with a swirl of fresh peach puree and a sweet and salty pecan-infused cookie crust are just what you need to top off the summer! Baking cheesecake in bar form transforms a fussy, formal dessert into a casual, everyday delight—this summery version pairs a delicate vanilla bean cheesecake with a […]

Luscious, creamy vanilla cheesecake bars with a swirl of fresh peach puree and a sweet and salty pecan-infused cookie crust are just what you need to top off the summer!

Baking cheesecake in bar form transforms a fussy, formal dessert into a casual, everyday delight—this summery version pairs a delicate vanilla bean cheesecake with a swirl of vibrant peach.

Peach cheescake bars cut into squares, arranged on a piece of crinkled parchment with a bowl of peach puree and a few peach slices scattered around.

Peach season is sadly coming to an end. I still had a few peaches left from that box of seconds I bought that needed to be used. And after toying with the idea of some sort of pie or cobbler bar, I ultimately decided to make a cheesecake since I feel like cheescakes are lacking representation on this here blog (I admit to being slightly biased towards other desserts… cream cheese just isn’t my favorite thing in the world). That said, I can totally get behind a really good cheesecake, and these peachy squares are just that.

The delicate vanilla bean cheesecake and the sweet and salty pecan and vanilla wafer crust combined with the bright and fruity peach swirl on top makes for a truly wonderful (and gorgeous) combination.

Silver baking pan lined with parchment, baked with cheesecake filling and a bright orange swirl of peach

This recipe is loosely based on my blueberry crème fraîche cheesecake, minus the blueberries and the top glaze (because why cover up that beautiful swirl?) It’s my favorite cheesecake base, light and silky smooth with a bit of tang from the crème fraîche that cuts the sweetness perfectly.

Obviously I had to make some adjustments in addition to the peach swirl (namely halving the recipe, removing the blueberry, and adding vanilla bean paste for a subtle vanilla flavor and precious vanilla bean specks throughout). I was optimistic that it would translate into bars, and was pleasantly surprised that these turned out so well on the first try. That’s the sign of a solid recipe, when it can be adapted into different shapes and sizes without any hassle whatsoever.

I was especially pleased with how defined the peach swirl turned out; I was worried about it sinking or bubbling but it stayed pretty much pristine throughout the entire baking process!

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Drunken Peach Jam

Peach and bourbon come together in this delightfully tipsy drunken peach jam. With ripe summer peaches, a splash of lemon juice and more than a splash of bourbon, this might just be your new summer jam. Homemade jam is a perfect way to preserve the best of summer peaches to enjoy throughout the year. I […]

Peach and bourbon come together in this delightfully tipsy drunken peach jam. With ripe summer peaches, a splash of lemon juice and more than a splash of bourbon, this might just be your new summer jam.

Homemade jam is a perfect way to preserve the best of summer peaches to enjoy throughout the year. I mean, what’s better than a spoonful of sunshine in the dead of winter? How about a boozy spoonful of sunshine (indeed!)

Glass jars of orange peach jam on a pink background, with a small glass of bourbon and peaches cut in half.

Peach season is far too short, if you ask me.

May is really too early, even if you see peaches starting to pop up at the markets they are usually not the best, having been picked prematurely.

June is when the peaches really start to shine, and by July, when the heat of summer has infused the fruit with liquid sunshine and sugar, well, that’s your cue to eat all the peaches your stomach can handle.

But for the rest… the extra peaches sitting on the countertop, starting to soften and wrinkle… why not turn those peaches into homemade jam so you can enjoy them all year round?

Open glass jar of drunken peach jam with a gold spoon and hang tag label, showing the perfect texture of the jam.

I really haven’t felt like making much jam lately. Let’s just say I’m all jammed out. Which, if you count just how many jars of jam I’ve made over the past few years, sort of makes sense.

But… when faced with a giant box of seconds peaches, ripe and juicy and just begging to be used, I simply couldn’t resist getting out my canning pot, gathering a mishmash of random leftover jars, and diving right in to a big bubbling batch of this beautiful boozy jam.

Seconds are a great option if you’re willing to accept a few bumps and bruises. But for jam, since you’re peeling and processing the fruit anyway, it’s really not a problem (just cut out any bruised areas and make sure the fruit hasn’t gone rotten, otherwise it doesn’t matter what the peach looks like as long as it’s ripe and juicy!)

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