August 10, 2008

The Bounty of Summer

Now that all the Italy talk is over --for now-- I can get back to updating the blog on what's been going on in my own kitchen.

We have literally been embarassed by the riches of our CSA harvest (the Barefoot Farmer is our choice this year). The last couple of weeks have been off the hook with beautiful produce --everything from swiss chard to green onions, leeks, potatoes, tomatoes which are just coming in now, corn and LOTS of it, lettuce (just ended), summer squash, zucchini, herbs and more.

It has really been fun to pick up that bushel of goodness every Monday and get to work on figuring out what to cook. And only once or twice did we have to share with our neighbors and friends when we really couldn't eat it all. Not that we don't like sharing. It's just that I've been pretty busy and cooking an awful lot lately.

So here are a few examples of what I've done with our bounty. A few things (like the green beans) are from our very own little backyard garden, but everything else is from Jeff and his amazing organic farm in Red Boiling Springs, TN.

summer vegetable ratatouille

grilled sirloin with green beans, potatoes and tomatoes

spicy summer squash soup

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spaghetti with lemon, corn, cherry tomoatoes, basil

corn fritters (a first for me and so yummy!)

I would share this corn fritter recipe with you but then I'd have to kill you. Actually, you'll find it on page 369 of joy of cooking--the book, not the blog. My only variation: add some cornmeal to the batter to thicken it a bit. While warm, sprinkle with chives from the garden; serve with a hot pepper of any kind and some beer for a perfect summer dinner!

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