Tag Archives: summer

Watermelon-Jalapeno Daiquiri

It’s Friday. You’ve had a long week. You deserve a cocktail. This one is perfect for a late summer evening. The watermelon is cool and crisp, yet the jalapeno warms your throat — and the booze warms you from the inside. Of course, if you’ve got tequila you can turn this into a margarita. Experimentation […]

Slow-Cooker Gumbo

What do you do when you have about 6 cups of okra in the fridge? Make gumbo, of course! So at the farmer’s market last weekend I scored 2 overflowing pints of okra for just $4 total! Other vendors at the market were selling smaller pints for $3.50 each. So keep in mind it pays […]

Summer Vegetable Pie

I recently went to my favorite you-pick farm and came home with 40+ pounds of tomatoes, 6 pounds of blackberries, and 2 pounds of these beauts: Oh man, are these eggplants amazing. I’ve grown up eating and loving the big, purple globe eggplants. But then I tried these. Oh, man. I’ve been missing out! These […]

Panzanella

I heard of panzanella several years ago watching Giada on one of my regular Food-Network binges back when I had access to cable. The theory was completely appealing to me — bread, check. Tomatoes, check — but I never got around to trying one. In Italy earlier this summer I had the opportunity to try […]

Peach Guacamole

It is no secret that I looooove guac. It was one of my major cravings as soon as I got home from Italy. I make it at least once a week, and I’m not embarrassed to oh-so-subtly eat every last bit out of the bowl. Usually I reserve this sort of behavior for when I’m […]

Tomato Pie

I am so. Freakin‘. Excited. for tomatoes. While I’ve been busy crying over my one lone tomato on my plant at home (with two new potentials as of last night, yippee!), my CSA has delivered. I got to take up to 3 pounds with last week’s pick-up, and you better believe I took every last […]

Cucumber-Tomato Salad

It’s that time of year, when gardens and CSA bags are overflowing with cucumbers. As soon as I picked up my newest pile on Saturday morning, I knew what I wanted to make. So I grabbed some ground lamb out of the freezer to thaw, threw together some tzatziki sauce, and whipped up this salad […]

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Ah, early summer. My CSA started back up for summer two short weeks ago and yet, I am already drowning in produce. But, you know, in a good way. Since it’s just the two of us, we tend to have more than we can feasibly use. A lot goes into the freezer (which makes ice […]

Smoked Wings

Smoked chicken wings are hands down one of my most favorite recipes to make when we have friends over. They require minimum prep, zero babysitting, and they always impress. I’ve made these half a dozen times now and never had a failure, so I can assure you won’t either. I have never been a fan […]

Basics: Tomato Soup

So I told you guys I went and picked 40 pounds of tomatoes. You might be wondering where they all went. About 15 pounds of Romas were turned into marinara sauce (I’m still working on perfecting the recipe…). Another 5 or so pounds of Romas were oven-dried. Two more pounds are in the freezer. The […]

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