Summer Squash Tomato Bake … Captures Summer’s Essence

Summer Squash Tomato Bake ... Captures Summer’s EssenceSummer Squash Tomato Bake
with Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Tomatoes, Basil, Parsley & Thyme

Bursting in summer color, our gardens and markets are at their peak. They overflow with summer squash, ripe tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, beets, fragrant herbs, greens, alliums, and so much more. My own large market basket also overflows this time of year. As all I want to eat Continue reading

French Green Lentil Salad – A Summertime Favorite

French Green Lentil Salad – A Summertime FavoriteFrench Green Lentil Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers,
Lots of Fresh Herbs, Kalamatas & Feta

Clean flavors, crisp textures and colorful fresh vegetables make French Green Lentil Salad a great addition to summer menus. Crisp and colorful with summer’s juicy, ripe tomatoes and refreshing cucumbers. Clean and bright with the garden’s bounty of fresh parsley, Continue reading

Summer Vegetable Gratin w/ Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chard, Pesto

Summer Vegetable Gratin w/ Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chard, PestoSummer Vegetable Gratin – A Go-To Recipe for Late Summer Vegetables

With an almost overwhelming abundance of late summer vegetables in the garden or your CSA box, the ongoing search for new recipes continues. This recipe for a Summer Vegetable Gratin is a winner. Layering large amounts of eggplant, tomatoes, chard and basil makes one very flavorful gratin. Continue reading

Fresh Tomato Salad – Summer’s Essential Salad

Fresh Tomato Salad – Summer’s Essential SaladPeak Tomatoes — Ripe, Sweet, Juicy

It’s August. Ripe tomatoes fresh from the garden are at their peak flavor, color and texture. Peak tomatoes shine when simply prepared. Summer’s essential Fresh Tomato Salad requires only a gentle tossing of ripened tomatoes with your best olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Continue reading

Cauliflower “Couscous” Salad à la Eric Ripert

Cauliflower Couscous Salad à la Eric RipertCauliflower Couscous Salad – Who Knew?

Earlier this year during my “everything-cauliflower spree” I read about cauliflower couscous. Make cauliflower into couscous? Though intriguing, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like. Then last Thursday I bought a cauliflower especially for making “couscous.” Continue reading

Farro Vegetable Stew

Farro Vegetable StewFarro Vegetable Stew —“Ridiculously Yummy”

Comfort foods continue their reign. This recipe for an easy and very nurturing one-pot Farro Vegetable Stew has become a favorite. Mid-August, Beth, our Brooklyn daughter-in-law wrote: “I have discovered a recipe that I am currently a little obsessed with, and I think you might enjoy…it’s about the easiest thing ever and is kind of ridiculously yummy!”  Continue reading

Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Tomato, Avocado, Goat Cheese

Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Tomato & AvocadoGrilled Cheese Sandwich—A Perfect Comfort Food

Quick, easy to prepare and made from ingredients already in the house. That’s my current definition of a comfort food. A hot, toasty grilled cheese sandwich totally fits the bill. Juicy, ripe tomatoes Continue reading