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Rustic Summer Tarts

Showcase summer fruit with these delicious free-form tarts.  Mouth-watering cherries, blueberries, black raspberries, and nectarine slices are lightly sweetened with honey and baked on a wholesome pastry.  These rustic summer tarts are sweet enough to eat for dessert, yet healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast.  You can mix and match the fruit in the tarts, depending on what is most available and fresh, because the fresher the fruit, the better these taste.

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Cherry Banana Smoothie

In this cherry banana smoothie, the unmistakably bold and bright flavor of tart cherries is balanced by banana, sweet yogurt, and almond milk.  Tart cherries are one of my favorite fruits, and they are ripening out on the tree in our yard right now!  We planted our cherry trees a few years ago (one sweet, one tart), and each year they produce more cherries.  The past couple of years have been exciting, because our trees have actually yielded enough cherries for us to make things with them!

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Strawberry Sauce Over Biscuits

When nature delivers such juicy, sweet berries, we don’t need to add a lot of extra ingredients to make them shine.  That’s the case for fresh, ripe strawberries, which are in season here right now.  A quick and simple no-cook strawberry sauce over sour cream biscuits is an easy dessert to pull off, and a complete treat for the taste buds. Though this dessert is very similar to that all-time favorite strawberry shortcake, sometimes it’s fun to make individual biscuits instead of a shortcake.  And it tastes really good for breakfast too!

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Banana Watermelon Refresher

This easy smoothie is filled with refreshing watermelon, mint, and lemon balm, plus banana and Greek yogurt for protein and creaminess. The creaminess of the bananas and the sweetness of the watermelon balance each other nicely.  In just about five minutes, you can have a delicious, healthy, and revitalizing summer drink for two.

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Tangy Green Beans with Almonds

Take fresh green beans to the next level with this mouth-watering recipe.  Tender-crisp green beans, lightly roasted almonds, and a zesty dressing with just the right balance between tangy and sweet make this green beans with almonds recipe an irresistible side dish. Garden-fresh green beans are great this time of year.  But let’s face it, sometimes they need some added flavors to keep them interesting.  This recipe is adapted from one I found in the June 2017 issue of Real Simple magazine.  I used slivered almonds instead of walnuts, but otherwise it is basically the same, and it is a keeper.  The tender-crisp pop of the green beans, the nutty crunch of the almonds, and the zingy miso-mustard-honey dressing all combine to make a flavor-filled and healthy side dish.

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