Dear Home-Ec 101,
It’s summertime and the local Farmer’s Market has an abundance of beautiful fruits and veggies.
The problem is I don’t have very many “side item”/veggie/fruit recipes in my recipe repertoire, so I go to the farmer’s market, admire the selection, sniff the air, buy some peaches and tomatoes and leave with the feeling that I missed the boat. Sometimes I’ll buy the peas or butter beans and cook them in some oil and salted water & occasionally throw in some bacon, but there’s got to be some better recipes out there to help us enjoy summer’s bounty.
Can you help?
Most cookbooks find it beneath them to share those simple little recipes that just require a pat of butter and a little baking time, but I’m new to cooking and need all the help I can get.
Searching in Summerton
Here at Home-Ec 101 I’m all about the simple recipes and ideas, so your question is the perfect way to get back into Fearless Fridays (as another reader requested). Fearless Fridays are my way of encouraging myself and all of you to push your boundaries in the kitchen. I have to work this evening so tomorrow’s Fearless Friday may be posted a little later than usual if I make a go of it. (Then again, I do have a bunch of tomatoes begging to be used today so maybe it won’t be as much of a pain in the rear to get done as I thought)
To get you started though here are some simple ideas, some are simply ways to save produce for later rather than side dishes. I’ll work more on getting lots of side dishes for you over the course of this summer. What area are you in? That will help me know when your produce is coming into season
Here is a table with a bunch of ideas.
Zucchini and squash are fantastic sliced and grilled, just brush with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Or I like to quickly saute them in a little butter, garlic, and a sprinkle with parmesan cheese
Home Eccers, please feel free to share and link to your favorite sources for side dishes.
And if you have your own recipes to share, get them ready for tomorrow.