Monthly Archives: July 2014

Hang On to Summer!

August is almost here, but don’t despair! There is still plenty of summer fun left to be enjoyed.

Here are some simple, inexpensive, and timeless ideas for enjoying the month of August with your family and friends.

Have a safe and happy summer from Dressler’s Restaurant!

Go on a picnic. Make it as simple or elaborate as you like. All you really need is great food and someone to share it with.

Eat ice cream! It doesn’t matter how old you are, there is no better summertime treat.

Get outdoors and get moving! Enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts and go for a bike ride or walk as a family.

Pick berries and make jam. Preserves from the store cannot compare to the ones made at home.

Purchase fresh produce from your local farmers’ market. Check out LocalHarvest for a list of local markets and farms.

Learn the art of canning. Then you can enjoy this summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables all winter long. Have a canning party! Invite some family and friends over and make a day out of it.

Experience the joy of getting lost in a great bookRead with younger children. Encourage older kids to spend some quiet time reading on their own. Even 15 minutes a day can make a big difference when school starts up again in the Fall.

Eat, Drink, and be Merry! Nothing completes a great summer day like amazing food and drinks. Enjoy a satisfying meal with family and friends at Dressler’s Restaurant. Let us serve you. It’s what we do best!

Take in a baseball game.

Make s’mores. Light up your fire pit and get those marshmallows roasting.

Cool off with a refreshing beverage.

Head to the water. Go fishing, boating, or swimming.

Attend a summer concert or festival.

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Cool Summer Desserts

At Dressler’s Restaurant, we love desserts!

Summer is the perfect time for sweets! They are fun to make and even better to eat.

Stop in to Dressler’s and let us serve you one of our amazing desserts. You can even take our desserts home with you to share with family and friends.

Our selection of sweet treats includes Mom’s New York Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, Apple Cake, Crème Brûlée, Apple Crisp, Chocolate Cake (best served with port wine), and Key Lime Pie. 

Some of Dressler’s guests like to drink their desserts! Two of our favorites are an espresso martini and a local vanilla porter beer.

Here are some other traditional summer dessert ideas to make at home for your friends and family.

PARFAIT–Start with creamy layers of yogurt, ice cream, or pudding and fresh fruit. Finish with toppings like nuts, syrup, and whipped cream. Serve in clear glasses or dishes that display the colorful layers.

SORBET–This non-dairy frozen delight is made with puréed fruit, sugar, and water. Wine and/or liqueur may be added for adult versions.

BANANA SPLIT–Split a banana in half. Add vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream.  Drizzle with pineapple, strawberry and chocolate sauces. Top with nuts, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.

ICE CREAM SUNDAES–Adult and children alike enjoy making their own creations, and the variations are nearly endless. Choose your favorite ice cream, sauce, and toppings. Grab a spoon and dig in!

PIE, TARTS, CRISPS, AND COBBLERS–Enjoy the perfect combination of fresh, seasonal fruit (peaches, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries) and flaky pastry crust.

SHORTCAKES and ANGEL FOOD CAKE–Top these traditional summer cakes with fresh fruit and enjoy!

S’MORES–There is something magical about this treat that brings out the child in all of us. Making them is almost as much fun as eating them.

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Sensational Summer Salads

Summer is the perfect time for salads!

What’s not to love about salads? They’re delicious, nutritious, versatile, and easy to prepare. You can make them as simple or elaborate as you want, and the combinations of ingredients are endless.

Great salads begin with fresh ingredients. Buy local produce from your neighbors’ vegetable stands and farmers’ markets. Check out some of our favorites: Poplar Ridge Farm, Commonwealth Farms, Lila’s Garden, and a great online resource, localharvest.org.

Once you purchase your fruits and vegetables, learn how to keep them fresh and contaminant-free with these Food Safety Basics for Fruits and Vegetables from the Centers for Disease Control.

Experiment with your salads and have fun trying new recipes. Select a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat, nuts, and beans to create salads that are healthy and satisfying.

Here are some of our favorite types of salads.

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