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Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Aug 3, 2007 at 5:39pm

Here are the veggies and herbs (from my LaFinca veggie share) that I have to play with this weekend:

carrots
fennel

green beans
corn
kale

tomatoes
cucumber
zucchini
summer squash
onions

basil
dill

The carrots and fennel are terrific additions to a packet of Potatoes on the Grill. Summer squash would be nice too. In addition, I love steamed carrots with a little butter and lots of fresh dill and lemon.

The green beans, oh man, I’m so roasting half of them for Roasted Vegetable Panzanella, one of my very favorite meals. The other half I’ll save for Spicy Braised Green Beans, which calls for tomato and onion as well. Fried Walleye with some Spicy Braised Green Beans? Ohhh, now that’s a summer meal. What night can I pull that off? Might have to wait until Monday…

I didn’t feel like boiling a big pot of water last night, just for John and me, so I sliced the kernels off of a couple of ears of corn and sauteed them quickly in a bit of browned butter (adds a lovely, nutty flavor). Salt and pepper, done. Easy and sooo yummy. I think I’ll do the same for the kids tomorrow night.

The basil is going to become a small batch of pesto – I like to have a bit on hand for stirring into sauteed corn (stir in a diced tomato with the pesto, so pretty). Or for swirling into Instant Vegetable Soup (an assortment of vegetables grated together, brought to a quick simmer with water, and finished off with a sprinkle of cheese; delicious and very nutritious, and also a good way to use up veggie-share veggies!), which makes a perfect, quick lunch.

The cucumber already became Cucumber-Mint Raita, and I already ate it, ha. Ditto for the zucchini (see below for Zucchini-Tomato Gratin).

The kale, hmmm, there’s not much of it so I’ll probably just saute it with garlic, then steam it with a small amount of water until it’s quite tender. With salt and pepper, and a drizzle of good balsamic, it’s pretty hard to beat. Even if no one else in my family thinks so…

Yeah. It’s shaping up to be a very colorful, healthy, moderate (no parties, no party food!) weekend. Yay, my butt lurves veggies!


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