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Friends know how much I enjoy cooking and are always sending me links to recipes. Recently a friend was cleaning out her kitchen in anticipation of a move and gave me a box of cookbooks. Score! I was especially interested in this 1997 cookbook focusing on using produce from the local farmers’ markets.

 

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Filled with great ideas!

I had a small bag of green beans in the refrigerator that I needed to use, so I zeroed in on a recipe for a cold green bean potato salad. It sounded like something we’d like on these hot summer days!

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 lb. green beans, cut and steamed

4 large potatoes, diced and boiled

2 scallions

 DRESSING:

2 Tbl. oil

2 Tbl. vinegar

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 small onion, sliced

½ tsp. oregano

Pepper to taste

 WHAT YOU DO:

Prepare the dressing first so the ingredients have time to blend together. I put everything in a jar and shook it up.

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dressing ingredients

Wash and de-stem green beans. Since my bag was just under half of a pound, I halved the recipe which worked out nicely.

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just under half of a pound

Break into small bite-size pieces and steam. I used a microwave steamer; you could steam on the stove-top in a covered skillet with a little bit of water. Don’t over-steam the green beans; you don’t want a mushy mess!

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a microwave steamer basket

Chop the potatoes. My fruit/vegetable chopper made quick work of this task and gave me uniform pieces which makes for even boiling.

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a handy kitchen tool!

When tender, drain potatoes. Chop the scallions and combine with the green beans and potatoes in a medium bowl.

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Combine potatoes, green beans, and scallions.

Add the dressing and toss gently to mix the ingredients well.

Cover the salad and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

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Cold green bean potato salad!

This is definitely a twist on potato salad! The dressing with oregano gives it an Italian flavor. I don’t think it will replace my regular mayo-rich potato salad, but it is a nice way to use up a small dab of green beans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am always on the lookout for new ways to cook up our CSA veggies, so when I saw this recipe in the newest Penzeys catalog, I ripped it right out. Our grandchildren (ages 5 and 3) were with us the next day, so I whipped up a pan for lunch. They gobbled them right up and declared the recipe to be a keeper!

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Summer Squash Squares: cheesy goodness!

WHAT YOU NEED:

1/4 Cup oil

1 small onion, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

4 small shredded squash (about 4 Cups)

6 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 Cup fine bread crumbs

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. black pepper

3 Cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 Cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 Cup sesame seeds

1/2 tsp. sweet paprika, optional

WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.

Shred the squash. I used zucchini since that is what I had on hand.

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Quick tool, but a hand-held grater works as well.

Heat the oil (I used grapeseed) in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, stirring often, (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and squash and cook until tender, 5-7 minutes.

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Grated squash is sautéed with onion and garlic.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, bread crumbs, salt, basil, oregano, pepper, and cheddar cheese. Mix well. Add to the squash mixture and stir.

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Combine cheese and squash mixtures.

Spread in the pan and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and sesame seeds. If desired, sprinkle with paprika. I wasn’t sure the little ones would like sesame seeds and paprika, so I added them to one half of the pan. After tasting both sides, we all agreed that the side WITH the sesame seeds and paprika looked and tasted better!

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Half with paprika/sesame seeds and half without.

Bake at 325° until set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes and then slice into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Golden, cheesy goodness!

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One of my favorite ways to enjoy these farm tomatoes is to make red sauce. This is something that is nice to freeze and save for when tomatoes are out of season. This time I only made a small batch, because I only had four tomatoes left after eating the rest raw on a salad.  Making red sauce from scratch can feel like a bit of an undertaking, I understand. I made this method as simple as possible. There are always extra steps that people like to add to making a red sauce, but I honestly feel like that is unnecessary. I don’t seed my tomatoes or peel them before hand, so that saves a lot of hassle! I wait until they cook down a bit so the skin is easy to pinch off.

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes cut into fourths

3 cloves of garlic pressed

1/3 C extra virgin olive oil

1/4 C dry white wine

Fresh chopped basil to taste

Oregano to taste

Salt and Pepper to taste

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First, add a little olive oil to a wok or pan over high heat. Add the tomatoes to the hot oil, cover, and let cook for about five minutes. After the five minutes, the skin should be easy to pinch off with a pair of tongs.

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After removing most of the skin (its ok if you don’t get all of it off), spoon out a little of the liquid but not all of it. Now add your seasonings, garlic, and some of your oil and wine. Allow to cook down over med heat for about 20-30 minutes. Add the remaining oil and wine and allow to cook for another 20 minutes over low heat at a simmer, tasting periodically.

If I want a smoother sauce, I will use an immersian hand blender to purée any of the bigger tomato chunks.

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This recipe will only make enough sauce for two. It is best to double or triple it, especially if you have lots of tomatoes. I served it on gluten free pasta with sautéed greens.

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