Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Couple Simple Recipes to Enjoy the Summer Bounty

This time of year there is a bounty of delicious produce.  Talking with folks I've discovered that sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to find a use for all the tomatoes or giant zucchini flowing from our gardens.  Here are a couple easy suggestions of how to enjoy all that goodness:

Summer Squash Galore!
- Zucchini Latkes:  This is a great way to use GIANT zucchini.  In fact, you'll get a number of meals from one big one....For latkes, all you do is grate up some zucchini, mix with an egg and a little binder (flour or flax meal) and then fry up like a pancake!  You can make these as fancy or as simple as you'd like.  I love adding fresh pesto to my mix for a savory treat while other folks enjoy just the basics and then top them with maple syrup.  Latkes are great for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner!

- Summer Ratatouille: A volunteer gave me this simple French recipe last year and it utilizes many of the delicious summer veggies we have at SAGE right now!

What you'll need: Onion, garlic, eggplant, summer squash, peppers, tomatoes, oil, thyme

Ratatouille is a great way to utilize peppers and eggplant 
What to do:
1) Heat oil in a large pot over medium to low heat and add onions and garlic until soft.
2) In a large skillet add some oil and saute veggies up *except the tomatoes* (one at a time...first the eggplant, then peppers, etc)
3) Once each batch is sauteed, add them to the large pot
4) Season pot mix with salt and pepper, add thyme.  Cover and cook at medium heat for 15 - 20 mins.
5) Add tomatoes to pot and cook another 10 - 15 minutes.
6) Stir occasionally.
7) Enjoy all your delicious garden produce!

If you find you have too much produce to use right now, think about storing it for the winter (freezing, dehydrating, canning, etc) or sharing with your neighbors!  Happy Eating!

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