summer produce

Every year, right around this time, a surge of stories about what to do with that overabundance of summer produce hit the airwaves.  And why?  Because we are all trying to figure out to do with the embarrassment of riches our gardens or farmer’s markets have thrust upon us, and we need HELP!  And we want to go beyond the usual fare.  Here are 5 recipes for 5 kinds of the most ubiquitous late summer produce.

Zucchini: You quickly go from “Look, I have a few small zucchini growing!” to “OMG, what I am I going to do with all these green missiles?”  The great news: zucchini can easily take their place in everything from salads to stir-fries, baked goods to frittatas.  Thinly of thickly slice zucchini, dice it, cut it into matchsticks, or use a vegetable peeler and create delicate strips, and add to any kind of tossed salad.

Try these recipes:

Modern Greek Salad

Vegetable Frittata


Tomatoes: A bumper crop of tomatoes is beautiful to behold.   But then what?  Big batches of homemade tomato sauce are great to freeze in quart containers for fresh pastas all winter long.   And there’s nothing wrong with a simple sliced tomatoe salad, maybe with some sliced mozzarella and basil layered in.  Or….

Try these recipes:

Roasted Tomatoes (great in salads, on pizzas, on bruschetta and crostini….)

Herbed Roasted and Raw Tomato Salsa with Olives

Tomatoes with Mint Basil Pesto

Perfect End of Summer Pasta Salad


Eggplant: Those beautiful purple orbs call out to us in the farmers’ markets…and not just the purple ones; there are all kinds of varieties of eggplant, white, striped, Japanese, babies.  They are delicious sliced, brushed with olive oil, grilled up and sprinkled with fresh herbs.  But don’t stop there.

Try these recipes:

Thai Style Grilled Eggplant

Grilled Eggplant with Sweet and Smoky Tomato Sauce


Corn: The thrill of simple corn on the cob doesn’t really get old during the couple of months you can grab the locally grown ears.  But sometimes you want to incorporate that sweet crunch into some other dishes, just to maximize that peak moment.

Try these recipes:

Sauteed Corn, Greens, Bacon and Scallions

Spoonbread Corn Pudding

Shrimp and Corn Salad with Basil Dressing


Peaches: Poems have been written about the pleasures of eating a peach.  Poems.  And deservedly so.  Lush, and juicy and fragrant and voluptuous.  Eat as many as you can during their season, either au natural or in any number of glorious summertime dishes.

Try these recipes:

Peach Mango Fizz

Peach Blueberry Crisp

Peach Clafoutis