The golden globes of the fruit world make tart-sweet "cups" for dollops of tangy creme fraiche, creating a delightful union of flavors. Serve these as a snack or starter -- anytime you want a bite (or two) of sunshine.
At the Wyebrook Cafe, burgers are served with French fries cooked in lard from the farm. To make your own fries, see our favorite recipe. If you can't find beef fat (also called suet or tallow) at a supermarket, ask your local butcher. Keep the beef, bacon, and fat cold (firm) until ready to use for the easiest grinding.
The familiar beet-and-goat-cheese salad gets a fresh, vibrant update with Swiss chard and yellow and candy-striped beets tossed in a sweet, tangy honey-lavender dressing. Use a mandoline or other adjustable-blade slicer (or a sharp chef's knife) to thinly slice the baby beets.
This fried chicken is soaked in a mix of buttermilk, onion, and garlic before being battered and fried. It is then finished with lavender flowers and drizzled with honey from Wyebrook (which produces only a small amount each year) or surrounding farms.
If eating pie leaves you yearning for more crust, here's your dream dessert: Flaky, golden-brown pate brisee disks are layered with jam, then pasty cream that has whipped cream and sliced strawberries folded in, and stacked four-deep. Making the disks is easy -- just roll out the dough into rounds (no need to fit it into pie plates or crimp edges), sprinkle them with sugar, and bake. The whole thing is chilled overnight like an icebox wafer cake, for easier slicing.
This rustic cake is infused with the tastes of honey, lemon, and a hint of ground cardamom, like a flavorful cup of tea. Four layers of cake -- made tender and moist with oil (in place of butter), milk, honey, and brown sugar -- are brushed with more honey, then spread with a satiny-smooth filling that’s a cross between lemon curd and cream-cheese frosting (for the best of both). We topped ours with a piece of honeycomb, but a drizzle of honey is just as buzzworthy.
We tweaked a favorite ice cream flavor from way back to make a treat for all ages. The exceptionally moist cream-cheese pound cake gets split and filled -- three times -- with a luscious mousse flavored with pureed cooked peaches and studded with chopped fresh peaches and cherries. Because it's thickened with gelatin, the mousse gets nice and firm, then stays that way when layered in the cake -- and in every last slice.