To Cook: August Recipes


Good morning! One of my favorite things about the start of each month is planning what I want to try and cook or cook with throughout the month. August is abundant with end-of-summer produce, and I plan to take full advantage of all the fruit and veggies. Today, I wanted to share what I plan to indulge in this month, along with a quick recipe:

  • blackberry pancakes (will be on the blog!)

  • peach slushies (recipe below)

  • tomato sauce (will also be on the blog!)

  • burrata and strawberries (paired with a nice rosé, from my favorite Wine Food)

  • scones (probably with more berries)

  • bbq and all of the sides (my birthday feast at the lake!)

Peach Slushies (makes one serving, inspired by Bon Appetit’s Universal Slushie, August 2019 issue)


  • one peach, sliced

  • one lime, for the juice

  • a handful of ice cubes

  • 1/4 cup of water


  1. Add peaches, ice, and water to a blender. Squeeze-in lime juice. Blend on high until drink is frothy and frozen.

Book of the Month


     Hi there! August's book of the month is This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Previously, I have read The Great Gatsby, as have most high school graduates, and last year we read the novel about Zelda, Fitzgerald's enigmatic wife, but those are all I have on Mr. Fitzgerald. This Side of Paradise is lauded as the most accurate representation of the youth of the 1920's, and since reading and seeing both film versions of The Great Gatsby, I've always had an interest in that time period. Historically, it was seen as a freeing and celebratory time after WW1, and this came through in most aspects of peoples lives. What people wore, the fact that they drank (illegally at the time), and how they partied were all in the name of the Golden Twenties. I'm excited to read Fitzgerald's other interpretation of how the young lived back then. Special thanks to my mom for buying me this pretty edition when I visited home! Have a great day everyone!