Summer Squash, Corn, Tomatoes, and Sausage Stir Fry

As summer wraps up, I find myself wanting to use as many summer veggies as I can, while I still can. This stir fry uses summer sweet peppers, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and basil. This is actually a modified recipe from Plated, a meal delivery kit that my husband and I tried several years ago…

National Vegetarian Awareness Week

It’s #vegetarian awareness week! The Clean Food Club is celebrating by making veggie meals all week using fresh, in-season produce from the farm. National Vegetarian Awareness Month isn’t until October (oddly), so this way you’ll have plenty of time to practice your #meatlessmonday recipes til then. Gina Homolka, in her cookbook The Skinnytaste Cookbook, makes a Grilled…

#eatoutside day

Hello CFC followers! Are you enjoying the weather as much as I am right now? You probably are, which explains why the roads are empty and the lines are short. Don’t forget about Eat Outside Day on Thursday! It’s perfect timing as we enjoy these last few days of summer. Tag us on Instagram at…

The Imminent Extinction of the Honey Bee

Honey bees are essential to the continuation of our diverse diets and physical welfare. According to the USDA, over one-third of the human diet, including fruits, legumes, and vegetables, come from insect-pollination, and of those foods approximately 80% is accomplished by honey bees alone. In addition, certain foods such as almonds can only be pollinated…

Chilled Beet, Cucumber and Tomato Soup

There’s nothing like a chilled soup full of fresh produce to energize you during the long, hot days of summer. With myriad chilled soup recipes available, it’s hard to choose just one. My approach to meal preparation generally begins with an assessment of what produce I have in my kitchen and in my garden, and…

Ratatouille Pasta Salad

Believed to originally hail from Provence, France, ratatouille is a classic meal that exquisitely displays the bounty of summer. With some recipes calling for only tomatoes and squash, and some insisting on the use of Herbes de Provence, the dish greatly varies depending on the source. Though generally considered a staple of rural Provençal cuisine,…

Panzanella Salad with Fresh Summer Tomatoes and Basil

It’s tomato season! And it’s garlic season. And basil, and, well, everything good basically. Panzanella salad is the ultimate way to combine the best summer ingredients. Panzanella, or panmolle, is a salad originating from Tuscany that has a base of bread and tomatoes. Other cultures have a similar salad, like the Mediterranean dish fattoush, that build a base from…

Creamy Spinach Polenta with Roasted Summer Produce and a Fried Egg

I’ve professionally cooked in a variety of restaurants: a small cafe serving breakfast and lunch made from locally sourced ingredients, a yoga retreat center with an all-vegetarian menu using ingredients grown right outside of the kitchen, a high-end restaurant and a number of private catering events. I share this information not to boast or intimidate, but to share the…