Late Summer

August 26, 2011

I’m away from my desk, my kitchen, and my home.  I feel bad leaving you with a spotty August this year – just too many things going on in my life to post regularly.  But!  I did much better in past years so here is a little reminder of what late August can mean to you.  (For me, it seems to either mean travel or party food.)


Tortellini Skewers are great for any party.  I made these recently and I stuck a cherry tomato on there as well.


Little balls of food are always welcome at a party, especially if it is marinated mozzarella.

Eggplant Caponata is good for groups large and small.  Serve it with crackers, baguette slices, or your favorite carb.

These little cheese stuffed Peppadew peppers are one of my favorite things to make for gatherings large and small.  I always get raves and lots of comments about them.

If you are a CSA member, chances are you are getting a lot of chard and will get a lot of chard in the coming months.  This tart is a delicious way to make your way through those bushels.



  1. I loove the tortellini skewers. They look like a bouquet of flowers.

    Comment by Nisrine — August 26, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  2. It all looks so good! Thanks for the ideas.

    Comment by Anna — August 26, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  3. Dana – I love your party food ideas! You once posted a recipe for dates stuffed with goat cheese, pistachio and chives that has become a staple at our parties.
    For an amazing twist on tortellini skewers, I highly recommend a recipe from Andrea Chesman’s The Vegetarian Grill: Tortellini Kabobs with Roasted Tomato Dipping Sauce. Grilling the skewers adds a wonderful summery, smokey taste.

    Comment by Yannik — August 26, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

  4. Dana, I don’t mind at all these wrap ups of past posts… believe it or not, I had seen that chard tart, never bookmarked it, and NEVER found it again.

    I was shocked to find it today in your blog! I should have remembered it right away… sooo, thanks for the wrap up, this time, I’m grabbing this beauty and saving it in my files! ;-)

    Comment by SallyBR — August 26, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  5. So wait, when are you writing a book on veg party food? Soon, please.

    Comment by cheryl — August 26, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

  6. Dana, I am reminded again of the most delightful baby shower we had our home for one of our daughters and what a “hit” the tortelinni skewers were (after everyone realized it was something to eat and not a centerpiece!). These all look scrumptious! It is good to revisit favorites when life gets busy.

    Comment by Penny — August 26, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

  7. I’m glad to hear you’re having such a fun-filled August! And it’s always refreshing to see a good blast from the past. These look fabulous!

    Comment by Joanne — August 26, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  8. Goodness can I relate to a spotty August! Love the tortellini skewers- never thought of that.

    Comment by Clara — August 26, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  9. I’m glad to hear someone else is having a spotty August. I feel part of a club now. And thanks for the prod on the chard tart – I made it last summer and we loved it. Now must make again with the chard in my fridge.

    Comment by Charlotte — August 27, 2011 @ 1:13 am

  10. Tortellini skewers – brilliant! This all looks delicious.

    Comment by Ellen — August 27, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

  11. Great ideas. Love the skewers with tortellini.

    Comment by Nithu — August 27, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  12. So glad you posted this! Going to make the eggplant & swiss chard tart this week. Happy end of summer!

    Comment by fresh365 — August 29, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

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