Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Marinara Sauce

It’s Vegetarian Awareness Month, so I thought I’d post my go-to vegetarian recipe: roasted spaghetti squash with homemade marinara sauce. I read a cookbook once that called spaghetti-ed spaghetti squash “squashta,” which I found hilariously accurate. I originally found this recipe through Blue Apron, and I use it whenever I have guests, vegetarian or otherwise….

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…

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…

Spinach, Strawberry and Feta Salad with Homemade Honey Garlic Dressing

Stepping into the center of a new farmers market for the first time can feel overwhelming. Depending on the number of vendors and the layout, it can resemble an intermediate-level maze. Between the crowds, unpleasant weather and lack of maps or signage, knowing where to start and what to buy can seem daunting.  Approaching the…

Salmon Nicoise Salad

I finally filled my basket this late spring season with leafy greens and colorful carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes (not pictured, because I ate them immediately). All of the recent cold weather made me think that we were skipping spring and going straight into summer, but not to worry. It’s all growing now! While I did…

Growing a Kale Caesar Salad 

Spring has been slow to get growing; this time last year I was cooking with zucchini and tomatoes but they haven’t popped up yet this season. Instead of tables full of veggies, produce vendors at the farmers market had tables full of seedlings, and lots of asparagus. I’ve spent the past year shopping without a…