This pudding-like German dessert is generally made with fresh red currants as the base. Adding other red fruits, such as raspberries, strawberries, and cherries, is common, but if doing so, use them in place of the second pound of currants in step 2. This dessert is also nice topped with creme anglaise instead of whipped cream.
This citrusy cocktail, perfect for sipping on a spring evening, pairs well with Parmesan-and-Pepper Sticks, an easy, crisp snack that can swing savory or sweet. Look for Lillet Rose, a new aperitif wine from France, at your local wine shop. You can also use Lillet Blanc.
Summer calls for summer food, and summer food calls for summer wines -- wines that are light, chilly, and not too serious, so that they leave you light and chilled, too. And -- surprise -- this includes red wines. Chilled red wine? Of course. It's summer, and it's too darn hot for stuffy rules.