A Bushel or a Peck

August 23, 2015

Tomatoes, corn and summer stone fruit. Now that we’re well into August they’re ripe for the picking. Is there anything better on a hot summer day than a BLT for lunch or dinner? How about the simplicity of corn on the cob or maybe a new riff like a charred corn salad? Or, savor peaches and plums in a pie or crostata…maybe whip up something new like a plum caramel to serve over ice cream. The early gifts of summers harvest are waiting at a farm stand near you. Sounds like a little road trip to the country is in order.

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Bushels of heirloom tomatoes waiting to meet up with bacon and lettuce on a nice chunk of ciabatta.

Sweetcorn by the truck load. While corn on the cob is nice, this Charred Corn Salad with Lime, Chili and Tomato knocks it out of the park. Really, I can’t stop making this. Photo via Food52 http://food52.com/recipes/17913-charred-corn-and-avocado-salad-with-lime-chili-and-tomato

A handful of late Summer plums, a little sugar and a vanilla bean is all you need to whip up a batch of Plum Caramel…simple. http://food52.com/recipes/37359-creme-fraiche-plum-cake-with-plum-caramel 

All photos ( with the exception of the charred corn salad ) by gp

 

 

 

 

Simple salad…simple side

August 19, 2013

Green beans with pickled red onion…a perfect summer salad or side.  1) Blanch  green beans , refresh in an ice bath and drain 2) Thinly slice red onion and steep in a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 3) Strain pickled onion and toss with green beans, season with a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper. If you happen to have a few sprigs of dill, even better but not necessary. Serve them chilled or at room temperature. That’s it…done.

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Salad Days

August 7, 2013

It’s my favorite white bean salad 3 ways…a base of cannellini  and garbanzo beans, green pepper, red or green onion, persian cucumbers and radishes in a simple vinaigrette  Simple enough to prepare ahead and it holds well served chilled or at room temperature…just perfect for these hot summer days.

Take it to Greece and add a handful of kalamata olives , a sprinkle of oregano and some cubed feta cheese. Maybe the middle east by adding a touch of sumac to the dressing and some halved grape tomatoes , toasted pita pieces  and some fresh mint to the salad.

 All  contain enough protein and crisp vegetables to be a satisfying  lunch on its own or if it’s time for dinner, any of the three would be perfect along side a platter of grilled lamb chops. Mmm…lamb chops.

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