RE: favorite summer desserts
I have to agree with regards to the fresh fruit. Just having an abundance of soft fruits plus decent imported melons etc is dessert enough for me ! Here's a very simple Brit dessert, is pretty rich because of the cream, so I dont eat it more than about once a year :) but I daresay it can be adapted using some lower fat substitutes ( but for heavens sake NOT that aerosol cream in a can !!! ) also adjust quantities according to taste and what you have to hand ( not sure how to adapt to US cup measurements ! )
You need about 1lb hulled really ripe strawberries. 75-100g of Meringues - however they come, nests or twirls or whatever you can buy, or you can even make them yourself if you are so inclined ! and about 12 fl oz of double ( ? heavy ) or whipping cream. You can also add a couple of dashes of your favourite flavoursome sweet liqueur such as Kirsch or Grand Marnier should you wish.
Take about 3/4 of the strawberries, reserving the rest whole, and lightly crush/mash with a fork, adding a splash of liqueur at this stage if desired. Lightly whip the cream until at the soft peak stage ( ie not til its butter ! :/ ) Crumble up the meringues in rough chunks. Stir the strawberries into the whipped cream so the whole is marbled pink and white and fold in the meringue pieces. Serve in your nicest glass dishes. Or indeed, glasses. Garnish with the whole strawberries. Some folks also lay a few sprigs of fresh mint on top, and I have never seen anyone use chocolate curls or flakes as garnish but I imagine they would look well and taste even better. Enjoy !