5 Foods to Fill Up On Before Summer Slips Away

The days of summer are quickly dwindling. With cooler weather and fall flavors on the horizon, does this mean the end of your favorite warm weather culinary indulgences? Let's count down a few well-loved seasonal flavors, along with how...

The days of summer are quickly dwindling. With cooler weather and fall flavors on the horizon, does this mean the end of your favorite warm weather culinary indulgences? Let's count down a few well-loved seasonal flavors, along with how to enjoy these summer treats long after the final days of September are just a warm, wonderful memory.

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The ultimate frozen treat.

1. Sublime Summer Corn

For many people, summer doesn't start until they sink their teeth into a salty-sweet ear of fresh summer corn. In addition to being enjoyed on the cob and right off the grill, marvelous maize can also be savored in salads, soups, casseroles and even pastas.

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Can't wait to sink your teeth into this every summer?

Plenty of tools -- including everything from corn strippers to butterers -- can help you save time as the days grow shorter.

And while you may not have time to do your own canning, there's always Helen B's Preserves Corn Relish to tide you over through the winter.

2. Wondrous Watermelon

From backyard pool parties to picnic lunches, watermelon signifies summer for all kinds of gatherings. An added benefit? Watermelon also offers unparalleled hydration benefits perfect for keeping party-goers from wilting in the summer heat.

To capture the sensation of watermelon juice trickling down your chin in the chill of winter, freeze it. Hint: enjoy it as a dessert by eating it only slightly thawed or blend to create your own sorbets or smoothies.

3. Cooling Gazpacho

Summer's harvest brings a bounty of verdant vegetables perfect for making a refreshing, chilled bowl of gazpacho. Blend juicy garden or farm-fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, and other seasonal ingredients for the perfect meal to enjoy during sweltering summer heat, or whip up a batch and freeze for a bright, delicious and healthy flashback to summer during winter's doldrums.

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Summer soup's on thanks to fresh, in-season tomatoes.

4. Polar Popsicles

Nothing says summer like popsicles -- the perfect treat for the young and young at heart. Whether you prefer rich and chocolatey or light and fruity, the options are practically endless.

And while the ice cream man may not be driving through your neighborhood anytime soon, popsicles can be easily found in grocery store aisles throughout the year.

5. Blissful Blueberries

Blueberries are the ultimate summer bliss. Whether you head to a nearby farm and pick your own or simply pick some up at your local farmer's market or grocery store, they're not only one of the most delicious things you can eat, they've also earned themselves status among the world's healthiest foods thanks to their abundant antioxidants known to ward off the effects of aging, favorably impact blood sugar regulation, and keep cancer at bay.

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From her kitchen to yours.

In addition to fresh, blueberries can also be enjoyed in a variety of indulgent incarnations, ranging from pies and muffins to jams and jellies.

Even better? Blueberries can be frozen for up to six months with no decline in taste or health benefits.

Just because summer is ending doesn't mean your enjoyment of its flavors has to end, too. Visit Cilantro The Cooks Shop for an assortment of supplies, tools and gadgets designed to help gourmet home chefs celebrate the flavors of summer long past their expiration dates.