September is here, and while it is still pretty hot in California, I’m already thinking about all the delicious soups and stews I can make for the coming fall/winter months. Growing up, my mom used to make these heavenly things called Beer Rolls to go with soup. More like a drop biscuit than a roll, they basically consisted of a can of Budweiser and Bisquick. She’d also throw in a couple tablespoons of wheat germ, because that was her answer for most foods she deemed unhealthy. Later on, she decided Bisquick was just too unhealthy to have in the house at all, and sadly Beer Rolls went away. Until now! With a 2-for-1 in this post, I created a homemade Bisquick mix you can keep in your fridge for several months, and then recreated and renamed those delicious Beer Biscuits (Rolls).
Strawberry Rosé Granita was a bonus recipe from awhile back. But it is so refreshing and the perfect make ahead summer dessert that we decided to bring it back as a permanent recipe. We also added in a blueberry version with limoncello and white wine. Hello summertime!
Granita is an easy frozen treat that doesn’t require an ice cream maker. Just a pan, fork and a little periodic scraping. If you don’t have the juicer/strainer attachment, you could also puree the berries in the blender attachment and then strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. But if you love berries as much as my family does, it is a great attachment! Also excellent for turning bumper crops of tomatoes into sauce during the summer, and apples into applesauce when autumn comes around.
Are you all ready for summer? I know I am. It’s not quite here though. So I am making do with these little cookies that have flavors reminiscent of a tiki cocktail, and are basically a mashup of macaroons and macarons. I’m not a big fan of either of those, I usually find them too sweet for my tastes. So I reduced the sugar as much as I could, swapped out sweet coconut (which is in macaroons) for unsweetened, and punched up the flavor with lime zest and freeze dried pineapple. And these cookies stay wonderfully soft with the almond meal (featured in macarons). If you turn the heat up to 80 degrees, close your eyes and take a bite, you can almost believe summer is here. And did I mention these little gems are naturally gluten-free and dairy free?