What to Make in August? Here are some ideas for recipes and tips that will keep you cooking with in season fruits and veggies– all month-long.
Summer is flying by, and it seems that every delicious summer fruit and veggie is in season now. But August has a few standout favorites for us. We’ve chosen some recipes we love that highlight what’s in season in our neck of the woods.
Incredibly healthy, plump and juicy, blackberries are one of August’s sweetest finds. Lovely as snacks, in baked goods, or as a simple topping over ice cream. In my neck of the woods, they grow everywhere and are a hallmark of summer. Here are a few ideas:
Blueberries are still seasonal, but short-lived. Filled with healthy antioxidants, blueberries are a perfect snack. Add them to trail mixes, granola, cereal, ice cream, baked goods, and salads. Here are a few ideas:
There is no comparison between garden grown carrots and packaged baby carrots in the produce department. Buy local organic carrots this month and add them to simply everything: salads, soups, pastas, and sauces. Cut them into snack size pieces and keep handy in the refrigerator. Here are some ideas:
Sweet corn is incredibly delicious grilled, roasted, and boiled. Eat it alone, in salads, soups… or even in baked goods. Here are some ideas:
Eggplant is such a diverse veggie. I cube, roast and puree it all month-long. It’s also great as a humus like dip in creamy baba ghanoush. Here are some ideas:
Classically Italian: Naples Eggplant Parmesan
Chinese Spicy Chicken Garlic Eggplant with Curried Rice
Heirloom Tomato and Eggplant Lasagna
Stuffed Pasta Shells with Ratatouille Sauce
A hallmark of summer and a favorite side dish. A great addition to anything you make this month. Tasty with almonds, bacon, basil, Parmesan, olive oil, onions, parsley, potatoes, red pepper flakes, and tomatoes. My favorite green bean recipe is this:
The epitome of August. I anxiously wait, in my area, for the middle of the month to bring fresh peaches from nearby orchards to our farmers’ market. It’s a seasonal marker. Delicious in ice cream and pies, cobbler, and salads, grilled, and yes, even simply eaten over the sink. Here are some ideas.
While it’s always potato season in my kitchen, they are freshly harvested this month. From sweet potatoes to russets, red and Yukon gold, and even a favorite purple. Incredibly diverse… and awesomely delicious in anything! Here are a few ideas:
The baskets at local farmers’ markets are brimming with all kinds of squash. From summer squash to acorn squash, yellow squash to patty pan squash. From butternut to spaghetti. And yes… my all time favorite – zucchini! Here are some ideas:
Tomatoes are fully in season now. Fresh from the vine ripe tomatoes are simply delicious… all on their own. But incredibly delightful when seasoned with a bit of salt, pepper, garlic and basil. Add to almost everything you make in August. Here are some ideas: