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Make This Before Summer Ends!

Make This Before Summer Ends!

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We love to hang on to every bit of summer we can. No matter where we live or how long the season is weather-wise, summer is magical. From carefree schedules to sandals and shorts, this time of year is about living in the moment and enjoying life to the fullest. The bountiful crop of fresh summer produce is no exception. Whether you’ve grown it yourself or you get it from a produce stand or farmers market, take full advantage of this delicious but fleeting harvest.

EMBRACE THE FRESH

So how can you get the most out of the last days of summer and its flavorful produce? Simply eat and cook with as many fresh, in-season choices as you can! Overwhelmed by your options? Start with our fantastic Italian-inspired dessert filled with fresh nectarines, strawberries and basil. Make it in a PYREX® EASY GRAB™ 9.5 inch pie plate and you’ll have plenty of room for all the good stuff.

BALSAMIC NECTARINE-STRAWBERRY LEMON PIE

Sweet but not too sweet, this easy-to-make pie layers a tart and creamy lemon filling over sliced nectarines and strawberries in a balsamic vinegar reduction. Piled high with sweetened whipped cream, the whole dessert is also infused with the slightly peppery flavor of fresh basil, which adds a refreshing little kick. GET THE RECIPE But don’t stop there! Fruit this fresh beckons to be made into cobblers, crisps and more. Pyrex brand has a dish for whatever you’re in the mood to make!

CHERISH THE TIME

Use these last summer days as a way to spend quality time with your family or friends before a chill hits the air. Spend the morning making our pie with a child, and ask them to tell you about their favorite times of summer or their dreams for the fall. Make a trip to the farmers market and get the supplies to make your own salsa and then share the kitchen with your sweetie while savoring the tastes of summer. Stretch out the day and take an even longer after-dinner walk with the dog or a loved one. Schedule that last camping trip, picnic or day at the beach. Or invite some good friends over to cook a summery meal together. Pick up fresh produce and then divide the group into teams and let them each create a dish for the meal. Or tell them in advance what the produce will be and what team they will be on, so that they can come prepared with a recipe. (But make it casual to keep it fun!) Set up a table outside and enjoy the meal together. You can even make the Balsamic Nectarine-Strawberry Lemon Pie for the sweet finale to enjoy under the stars. All too soon, the spontaneity of summer gives way to the schedules of fall and the end of the delicious summer crops. Be creative as you take the time to make the most of in-season produce and savor the remaining days of summer. YOUR TURN: What must-do activities will you squeeze into the last days of summer?