summer produce guide: what to eat right now (end of august)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and ideas. This week’s end of August inspiration: tomatillos, ground cherries, zucchini, and purple string beans.summer produce guide: what to eat right now (end of august) // brooklyn suppersummer produce guide: what to eat right now (end of august) // brooklyn supper

I drove out to our CSA farm on Wednesday in search of tomatillos and whatever else the pick-your-own fields had to offer. Once there, I found tomatillos aplenty, and also a few handfuls of ground cherries. In other rows, I picked sweet lunch box peppers and tender purple green beans. [Read more…]

roasted zucchini and fennel dip with chipotle tabasco

roasted zucchini and fennel dip // brooklyn supper

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I once believed I didn’t like zucchini and always passed on it, fearing a soggy, blah eating experience. Slowly, I came around to sautéed zucchini (the more butter, the better). Later, I decided to really go for it and made a batch of ratatouille; dreading the sog, I was pleasantly surprised to find tender vegetables brimming with flavor. It turns out, zucchini’s airy structure takes on flavor beautifully, and even at its most cooked, collapses into a yielding (not soggy!), buttery texture.  [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (late august)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and ideas. This week’s late August inspiration: corn, zucchini, slicing tomatoes, patty pan squash, and peppers.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (late august) // brooklyn supperThis deep into the growing season, I’ve found the novelty of slice and eat summer meals has worn off. Now, it’s the cooking that’s exciting. It started with canning, but continued into sauces, stews, and even roasted vegetables. Right now, summer eating is all about tender zucchini, smoky corn, and slow-cooked tomatoes. Along those lines, I’ve rounded up a mix of cooked, roasted, and grilled recipes fitting for a late August feast. [Read more…]

potato, leek and fennel soup

potato, leek and fennel soup // brooklyn supperI’ve had soup on my mind for a while. A few weeks back, I made and froze a batch of rich vegetable stock (made with the first yellow onions of the season from our CSA). Since then, I’ve been plotting. Though hot soups aren’t typical summer fare, there are plenty of great soup ingredients out there right now – young fennel bulbs, leeks, potatoes – and so I’ve abandoned tradition. To give things a more summery feel than a typical potato-leek soup, I’ve tweaked my standard recipe and riced the potatoes for a silky texture, added sliced fennel bulb and a big squeeze of lemon, and used milk instead of cream. Leek-y, light, and lemony, this soup’s good enough to make August soup lovers out of us all.  [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid-august)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and ideas. This week’s mid-August inspiration: red peppers, fennel, leeks, peaches, and nectarines.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid august) // brooklyn supperThis week brought a palpable shift towards fall. Summer produce traded bright greens and reds for saturated jewel tones. The hue of the tomatoes deepened, red peppers appeared, pale green summer apples made way for early MacIntosh with their flashes of scarlet, and even the late season peaches and nectarines took on rich maroon hue. I spotted the first green acorns under foot. And, in what may be the biggest harbinger of all, a friend brought a bunch of backyard concord grapes to a party.  [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early august)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration. This week, we’re focusing on preserving and canning tomatoes.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (early august) // brooklyn supper

On Wednesday afternoon, the girls and I drove out to Bellair Farm. It was a typically hot, sunny day, so they sought shade and spent time reading, playing, and feeding the bunnies. I headed out to the pick your own tomato fields and came back with a glorious harvest. I picked up heirlooms – green zebras, Martha Washington, Black Krim, German stripe, Brandywine – and also roma and paste tomatoes – San Marzano, Amish Paste, and Speckled Roman. We returned home with pounds and pounds. I promptly started canning. [Read more…]

cucumber-tomato salad with garden herbs

cucumber tomato salad with garden herbs // brooklyn suppercucumber tomato salad with garden herbs // brooklyn supperWatching the calendar turn over into August has been a huge relief. Summer has me feeling a little lost. Perhaps the chaos outside – tangled vines upon vines and teeming wildlife – can’t help but creep in. Last night, I found myself imagining sipping a mug of tea on a cold, gray January day in a nearly silent house. And there’s the truth of the matter – it’s not the weather or the bugs or even the summer that’s getting to me, it’s the lack of quiet. There’s no time to collect my thoughts or reflect. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of august)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration. This week: peaches, tomatoes, yellow onions, and leeks.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of august) // brooklyn supper

Last night, Brian and I sat on the porch and to watch the second full moon of July rise over the trees. I took a picture; it was blurry and dark and I knew it wouldn’t break the internet, but I posted to Instagram anyway because I wanted to mark the moment. The intense heat, the thrum of cicadas, all the work, and fun, of summer can be a little crazy-making. But at the end of a very long day, sitting on the stoop with a couple of beers watching a blue moon come up over our sleepy street was a chance to exhale and lose ourselves in something much larger.
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summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid july)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration. This week: okra, green peppers, summer squash, corn, and slicing tomatoes.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid july) // brooklyn suppersummer produce guide: what to eat right now (mid july) // brooklyn supper

This week, all the summer greats showed up. The first slicers and corn are in, though both need a little time for their flavor to develop (especially the corn – the kernels were sweet, but gummy). There’s also summer squash, okra, and tons of peppers. This weekend, I have plans for the early tomatillos and crop of jalapeños from my garden, as well as the mess of green peppers we’re getting in the farm share. I’m going to cook something that’s between a green tomato relish and chow-chow – I’ll keep you posted! [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of july)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration. This week: blueberries, blackberries, basil, jalapeños, and chioggia beets. 

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of july) // brooklyn supperI’m currently running about a week behind on everything. Editors aren’t happy, the children aren’t happy, and I’m definitely not happy. But you didn’t come here to hear about my problems. You’ve got illegal fireworks to buy, beers to put on ice, and a stars and stripes salads to make. So let’s get into some great local produce and then peace out for a much-needed weekend of relaxing, grilling, drinking, and sitting in lawn chairs. [Read more…]