Dara’s 5 Ways to Make the Most of August Produce

One of my favorite things about summer is how easily you can live off the land. Everything just tastes so much more flavorful this time of year. I love being able to walk outside in Little Compton and choose what to make for dinner based on what’s ripe in the garden. Now that summer is almost coming to a close, I’m making the most of any opportunity to cook with homegrown ingredients. Our crop of fruits and vegetables is growing in such abundance, it’s almost hard to keep up! Fortunately I have a few go-to recipes and favorite preparation methods that I always fall back on.¬†For inspiration, here are 5 ways I’m planning to use up the last of our August produce.

  • 1. Zucchinis

    Our zucchinis have been growing like crazy this year. I've had so much fun getting creative and finding different ways to use them. I like slicing them lengthwise on a mandolin and adding lemon zest, toasted hazelnuts, olive oil, shaved parmesan, and salt and pepper for a refreshing salad.
  • 2. Tomatoes

    It's hard not to obsess over the superior flavor of a freshly picked summer tomato. When I'm not eating them raw, I cook them on the grill to bring out a unique, smoky flavor.
  • 3. Artichokes

    It's amazing how artichokes are mouthwateringly stunning even while they're still on the vine. For a foolproof recipe, I roast them whole in the oven. Simply cut off the stems, tuck a few pieces of garlic into the leaves, sprinkle with lemon juice and salt, wrap them up in aluminum foil, and roast at 425 degrees for about an hour.
  • 4. Blackberries

    Blackberries evoke some of my favorite summertime memories--eating them in a big bowl with a dash of thick, cold heavy cream is always a wonderful seasonal treat. I also love using them in summer desserts. I often make Maria Helm Sinskey's galette recipe and swap out the strawberries and rhubarb for whatever is ripe from our garden, like blackberries and peaches.
  • 5. Peaches

    There's nothing like picking your own perfectly juicy peaches straight from the tree in the summertime. Whether you eat them fresh or caramelize them on the grill for a melt-in-your-mouth salad garnish, it's impossible to go wrong!
Written by DARA Artisans.Aug 17, 2015
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