15 Jul Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn, husked, kernels removed
  • 4 small zucchini thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled (about 1 cup)

Directions:

1.  Cook corn in boiling salted water for two minutes; let cool.

2.  Add zucchini, basil, parsley, oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper.

3.  Serve topped with feta.

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24 Jun Gazpacho

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups canned tomato juice
  • 2 T fresh herbs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup croutons, to garnish

Directions:

1.  In a bowl, reserve 2 T each of the tomato, cucumber, pepper, and onion to garnish. In the food processor or blender, purée the remaining ingredients (except the croutons) until smooth, adjusting the seasoning to taste with lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper.

2.  Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 3 hours but preferably overnight. Adjust the consistency as desired with water.

3.  Serve in chilled bowls garnished with the reserved vegetables and croutons.

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06 May Smothered Yellow Squash with Basil

This also works well with zucchini

Ingredients:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb medium yellow squash, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Directions:

1.  Heat 1 T oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add half of squash and sauté, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.

2.  Transfer browned squash to a bowl, then heat remaining tablespoon oil and sauté remaining squash in same manner. Return squash in bowl to skillet. Add garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, 1 minute.

3.  Add water, salt, and pepper and simmer briskly, covered, until squash is tender and most of liquid is evaporated, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in basil.

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29 Apr Radishes with Mozzarella

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces mozzarella or burrata cheese, torn into pieces
  • 2 thinly sliced radishes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped chives and finely grated lemon zest (for topping)

Directions:

1.  Tear cheese into pieces and place on a platter.

2.  Toss 2 thinly sliced radishes with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.

3.  Arrange radish mixture over cheese and drizzle with any remaining dressing.

4.  Top with chopped chives and finely grated lemon zest

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03 Sep Tomato-and-Corn Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 3 small Tomatoes, sliced

  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly Ground Pepper

  • 1 (14-oz.) package prebaked Italian Pizza Crust

  • Parchment paper

  • 1/3 cup refrigerated Pesto

  • 1/2 cup fresh Corn Kernels

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

  • 1 teaspoon Sugar

  • 8 ounces fresh Mozzarella, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons fresh whole or torn Basil Leaves

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 450°. Place Tomato slices on paper towels. Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper; let stand 20 minutes.

2.  Place Pizza Crust on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; spread with Pesto. Stir together Corn, Parmesan, and Sugar. Top Pizza with Corn mixture, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella Slices.

3.  Bake at 450° for 14 minutes or until Cheese is melted and golden. Remove from oven, and top with Basil Leaves.

Note: Tested with Boboli Original Pizza Crust.

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27 Aug Tips for Okra and Garlic Okra

Tips:

Look for smooth, unblemished pods. Green okra should be bright green with a bit of fresh, even dewy fuzz on its surface. Purple or red okra should similarly look fresh. The brighter and greener the ends are, the fresher the okra is. Avoid pods with significant brown spots, dry looking ends, or any shriveled bits

Most okra is harvested when the pods are between 1 and 4 inches long. Pods longer than 4 inches tend to get into the tough category, which can be fine for stewing and gumbos but not ideal for quicker cooking.

Okra is best fresh. Eat okra within a few days of buying it. Store okra loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Okra contains a clear, somewhat thick liquid that is how it stores water in the hot climates where it thrives. Leaving okra whole and quick cooking methods – sautéeing, grilling, frying – bring out the crunchy, rather than the slimy, side of okra. Cooking okra with plenty of acid – vinegar, citrus juice, tomatoes – is another way to keep its slippery nature in check.

Garlic Okra

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Okra
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 2 tsp. Canola Oil
  • Sea Salt to taste

Directions:

1.  Trim, rinse, and pat Okra dry. Set aside. Peel Garlic Clove, cut in half lengthwise, and slice as thinly as possible.

2. Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add oil and heat until it shimmers, about 30 seconds. Add Garlic and let sizzle until just starting to turn golden, about 1 minute. Add Okra, stir to combine, and cover. Cook, shaking pan frequently, until Okra is starting to brown on the edges and tender to the bite, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with Salt to taste and serve.

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30 Jul Heirloom Tomato and Onion Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 15 – ounce package (1 crust) rolled refrigerated Unbaked Piecrust
  • 12 ounces assorted Garden Heirloom Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple and/or Brandywine) or regular Tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped Onion (1 medium)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Half-and-Half, Light Cream or Milk
  • 3 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon snipped Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt and 1/8 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dry Mustard, Paprika
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and/or Havarti cheese (4 ounces)

Directions:

  1. Let Piecrust stand at room temperature according to package directions. Unroll Piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate. Crimp edge as desired. Line unpricked Pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake in a 425 degrees oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes more or until Pastry is set and dry. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, place Tomato Slices on paper towels to absorb excess moisture. In a small skillet, melt Butter over medium heat. Add Onion. Cook until Onion is tender but not brown, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together Eggs, Half-and-Half, Flour, Basil, Salt, Dry Mustard and Black Pepper.
  3. To assemble, sprinkle Cheese onto bottom of the hot, baked Pastry Shell. Spoon Onion mixture over Cheese. Arrange a single layer of Tomato Slices over Cheese, overlapping slightly. Slowly pour Egg mixture over Tomatoes. Sprinkle Paprika over Egg mixture.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until Egg mixture is set in center. If necessary, cover edge of pie with foil for the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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09 Jul Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Eggplant, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 pound Zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound large Beefsteak Tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper, divided
  • 4 ounces French Bread Baguette
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh Oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh Thyme
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium Chicken Broth

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375°.

2.  Arrange Eggplant and Zucchini in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with Cooking Spray. Lightly coat Vegetables with Cooking Spray. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Arrange half of Eggplant in a single layer in an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with Cooking Spray. Top with half of Zucchini and half of Tomato. Drizzle 2 1/4 teaspoons oil evenly over Vegetables. Sprinkle Vegetables evenly with 1/8 teaspoon Salt and 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper.

3.  Place Bread in a food processor; process until coarse crumbs measure 2 cups. Add Cheese and next 4 ingredients (through Garlic) to processor; process until combined. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups Breadcrumb mixture evenly over Tomato. Repeat layers with remaining Eggplant, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Oil, and Salt, Pepper, and Breadcrumb mixture. Pour Broth over top. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until Vegetables are tender and topping is browned.

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02 Jul Tomato Tart

Ingredients:

  • ½  (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 Garlic Bulb
  • ½  teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 ½  cups Shredded Fontina Cheese, divided
  • 4 large Tomatoes
  • ½  teaspoon Salt
  • ¼  teaspoon Pepper

Directions:

1.  Press refrigerated Piecrust on bottom and up sides of a square 9-inch tart pan. Bake at 450° for 9 minutes or until Piecrust is lightly browned; set aside.

2.  Cut off pointed end of Garlic Bulb; place Garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, and drizzle with Olive Oil. Fold foil to seal.

3.  Bake Garlic at 425° for 30 minutes; cool. Squeeze pulp from Garlic Cloves into bottom of baked Piecrust.

4.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup Fontina Cheese over the Garlic.

5.  Slice Tomatoes, and sprinkle evenly with Salt and Pepper. Place on folded paper towels, and let stand 10 minutes. Arrange Tomato Slices over Shredded Cheese. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Cheese.

6.  Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until Tart is lightly browned.

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18 Jun Summer Tomato, Onion & Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly Ground Pepper, or more to taste
  • 2 medium Cucumbers
  • 4 medium Tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1 Vidalia or other Sweet Onion, halved and very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped Fresh Herbs, such as Flat-Leaf Parsley, Chives and/or Tarragon

Directions:  

1.  Whisk Vinegar, Oil, Honey, Salt and Pepper in a large shallow bowl.

2.  Remove alternating stripes of peel from the Cucumbers. Slice the Cucumbers into thin rounds. Add the Cucumber slices, Tomatoes and Onion to the dressing; gently toss to combine. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

3.  Just before serving, add Herbs and toss again.

Makes: 6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each, 58 calories per serving

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