13 Jul Fresh Peach Crisp

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches, peeled, pitted
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

1.  Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Preheat oven to 375°.

2.  Slice peeled, pitted peaches into the prepared baking dish.

3.  Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.

4.  Sprinkle crumbs evenly over peaches in baking dish.

5.  Bake at 375° for 45 to 50 minutes, until topping is golden brown and peaches are tender. Serve peach crisp warm with cream or whipped topping.

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06 Jul Roasted Cherry Tomato Chutney on Squash

Ingredients

  • 1 2-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 pints cherry and/or grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 8 -ounce container bite-size fresh mozzarella balls, cut up
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chicken broth

Directions

1.  Brush cut sides of squash with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in a large baking dish. Prick the skin all over with a fork. Bake, uncovered, in a 375 degrees oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender.

2.  Place cherry tomatoes in a large bowl. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, minced garlic and salt to taste; stir well to coat. Place tomato mixture in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in oven with the squash for the last 20 minutes.

3.  In a large skillet, bring the chicken broth to boiling; add onion. Cook about 3 minutes or just until tender. Remove skillet from heat. Add roasted tomatoes to the skillet with the onion. Using a fork gently press down on tomatoes to pop their skin and release their juice. Add mozzarella, basil and mint to the tomato mixture; toss well.

4.  Using a fork, remove the squash pulp from shell. Top squash with tomato mixture and Parmesan cheese.

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29 Jun Tips for Storing Peaches

Store peaches on the counter at room temperature until they are the ripeness you prefer. When ripe, peaches should be stored in the crisper bin of your refrigerator where they will keep for up to five days.

Freezing-Peel and slice them, lay them on a baking tray and stick in the freezer for a few hours until they’re frozen through. Transfer the peach wedges to a resealable plastic bag and freeze until ready to use. They’ll keep at least 6 months (longer in a free-standing freezer) and are perfect to use in baking.

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29 Jun Tips for Preparing Tomatoes

Ripen at Room Temperature -let your tomatoes ripen at room temperature so that none of the wonderful flavor is lost. In a hurry? A tomato will ripen faster when you pair it with an apple in a covered bowl.

Peel Easily – If a recipe calls for peeling, plunge tomatoes in a saucepan of boiling water for a few seconds and remove. Place in a bowl of ice water until cool. The skin will come right off.

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29 Jun Summer Peach and Tomato Salad

Simplicity has never looked so beautiful. A stunning combination of skin-on peaches and heirloom tomatoes of various colors, sizes, and shapes creates a sweet-savory salad that pairs well with grilled pork

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/2 pound ripe peaches, pitted and cut into wedges
  • 1/4 pound heirloom beefsteak tomatoes, cut into thick wedges
  • 1/4 pound heirloom cherry or pear tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons small basil leaves or torn basil

Directions

1.  Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.

2.  Combine vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over peach mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.

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22 Jun Tips for Buying Fresh Peaches

  • Buy ripe or nearly ripe peaches. If they’re very hard, they are likely picked green and won’t develop the right taste or texture.
  • When you get home, inspect each piece of fruit. A split or bruise means the peach will go bad quickly and ruin any peach it touches. Eat or preserve these right away.
  • Peaches can be stored touching other peaches, but they shouldn’t touch other types of fruit.
  • While peaches can keep on the counter for a few days, buy only as many as you can eat (or preserve).
  • To prolong freshness, you can store peaches in the crisper, but only for a few days. Just put them directly in the crisper. Don’t put them in a bag.
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22 Jun Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Halved Baby Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 2 small Zucchini, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 small Red Bell Pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup Fresh Corn Kernels
  • 1 cup Diced Firm, Ripe Fresh Peaches (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Green Onions
  • 1 (8-oz.) package Penne Pasta*
  • 2 cups Shredded Smoked Chicken (about 10 oz.)

Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼  cup chopped Fresh basil
  • ¼  cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

1.  Toss together first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, and let stand 10 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Add hot cooked pasta and chicken to tomato mixture; toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving platter.  *1 (20-oz.) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini may be substituted

Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette.

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22 Jun Gazpacho

This is a great way to enjoy the bounty of summer. You can be very flexible with this recipe using radishes, bell pepper, etc. Gazpacho gets better with time, so it’s best to let it sit for a day.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes – you can add up to five cups
  • 1 cup chopped red onions or yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped green, red and/or yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped English cucumber, seeded or use pickling cucumbers from the farmers market and do not seed them
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled, quartered and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • A few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cups tomato juice, low sodium- just enough to cover the tomatoes and veggies
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme and some chopped parsley
  • A splash of extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar and freshly chopped herbs- fresh basil and chives when serving…while this is optional, the sherry vinegar makes this soup extra special!

Directions

1.  Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl or other container and stir until combined. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight so the flavors meld.

2.  The next day, remove the thyme stems and leave the thyme and puree all the ingredients in a blender until the gazpacho is smooth, or almost smooth—keep just a little texture in it.

Refrigerate the gazpacho until ready to serve. Serve with a little extra virgin olive oil, a splash of sherry vinegar and some fresh herbs for a perfect combination of flavors.

You can also top the gazpacho with boiled shrimp, diced avocado, lump crab meat, chopped tomatoes, a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream and even croutons for additional texture and color.

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08 Jun Tips for Buying Fresh Squash (Summer)

Summer squash includes those varieties which are harvested while still immature and when the entire squash is tender and edible. They include the yellow Crookneck, the large Straight neck, the greenish-white Patty Pan, and the slender green Zucchini. Some of these squash are available at all times of the year.

Look for squash that are tender and well developed, firm, and fresh-appearing. You can identify a tender squash, because the skin is glossy instead of dull, and it is neither hard nor tough. Avoid stale or over mature squash, which will have a dull appearance and a hard, tough surface. Such squash usually have enlarged seeds and dry, stringy flesh. Also avoid squash with discolored or pitted areas.

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08 Jun Tips for Buying Fresh Peas

Garden peas are generally available from spring through the beginning of winter. When purchasing garden peas, look for ones whose pods are firm, velvety, and smooth. Their color should be a medium green. Those whose green color is especially light or dark, or those that are yellow, whitish or are speckled with gray, should be avoided. Additionally, do not choose pods that are puffy, water soaked or have mildew residue. The pods should contain peas of sufficient number and size that there is not much empty room in the pod. You can tell this by gently shaking the pod and noticing whether there is a slight rattling sound.

Peas taste best when cooked as soon as possible after picking or purchasing.

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