Summer Gatherings NPR coverage of Summer Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy With Family and Friends by Rick Rodgers and Ben Fink. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
NPR logo Summer Gatherings

Summer Gatherings

Casual Food to Enjoy With Family and Friends

by Rick Rodgers and Ben Fink

Hardcover, 164 pages, Harpercollins, List Price: $17.95 |


Buy Featured Book

Summer Gatherings
Casual Food to Enjoy With Family and Friends
Rick Rodgers and Ben Fink

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Book Summary

Collects simple recipes intended to be prepared for summer meals, and that focus on the fresh ingredients available during the season.

Read an excerpt of this book

Note: Book excerpts are provided by the publisher and may contain language some find offensive.

Excerpt: Summer Gatherings

Summer Gatherings

Casual Food to Enjoy with Family and Friends

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2008 Rick Rodgers
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061438509

Zucchini and Radish Sauté

Serves 4 to 6

Sautéed zucchini is a familiar side dish; sautéed radishes, not so. When cooked, radishes have a pleasant spiciness that perks up the zucchini. Fresh dill provides the final accent. If you have bright yellow zucchini, use it in tandem with the green variety for a very attractive dish.


2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
8 radishes, scrubbed and thinly sliced
2 medium zucchini, preferably 1 green and 1 golden, scrubbed and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the radishes and cook, stirring often, just until they are beginning to heat through, about 1 minute.

Add the zucchini and cook, stirring often, until they are just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the dill and the remaining tablespoon of butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Cantaloupe Ice Pops

Makes 8 pops

How many of us have memories of cooling off by eating ice pops on a hot summer afternoon? Of course, homemade pops made with fresh fruit are healthier than anything that I ever ate while sitting on our front porch. For the most flavorful pops, make these treats with the sweetest, ripest melon that is perhaps just a day away from having to be discarded.


½ ripe cantaloupe, peeled, seeds removed, cut into chunks
½ cup sugar
Grated zest of 1 lime
1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice


Puree the cantaloupe in a blender and measure: you should have 2 cups. Return the puree to the blender and process with ¾ cup water, the sugar, and the lime zest and juice. Pour equal amounts into 8 ice-pop molds. Cover each mold with its lid and insert a wooden stick.

Freeze until the pops are solid, at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove the pops from the molds and serve.