What I Cooked on My Summer Vacation

The produce at our local farmers’ market, known as the Greenmarket, has been absolutely dazzling lately and I have been having a lot of fun cooking.

Locally grown San Marzano tomatoes, green beans, garlic and more

Locally grown San Marzano tomatoes, green beans, garlic and more

Here are some red bell peppers that I roasted.  We ate them dressed with olive oil, garlic and oregano.

Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers

I found some perfect zucchini and stuffed them with ground meat, cheese and tomatoes.

Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

I also made stuffed tomatoes, Roman-style baked with a filling of rice, basil, and pecorino roasted with potatoes.  Served with a green bean salad, it was a great meatless meal.

Roman Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

Roman Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

Speaking of basil, I grew an Italian lettuce leaf variety in a planter that just grew and grew.  It is so fragrant!

Lettuce leaf basil

Lettuce Leaf Basil

I just adore this potato salad, made with new potatoes, tomatoes, red onions and basil.

Summer Potato Salad

Summer Potato Salad

This focaccia topped with fresh fruit was a treat for breakfast served with cappuccino.

Rustic Fruit Focaccia

Rustic Fruit Focaccia

My favorite dessert of the summer was this cantaloupe sorbet.  It looks so rich and creamy, but it has no cream or even milk.  It’s just a ripe cantaloupe, sugar syrup and lime juice.

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Cantaloupe Sorbet

Most of these recipes are in my book, The Italian Vegetable Cookbook.  Summer is drawing to a close but there are still 2 or 3 months of fresh local produce ahead.  I plan to make the most of it!

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1 Francis Sisti { 09.02.14 at 3:14 AM }

The cantaloupe sorbet I have been eating for over 20 years… one of my favorite treats of the summer. I just blend it up with ice…I haven’t tried lime juice, but today I will!

2 Michele Scicolone { 09.02.14 at 6:36 AM }

I like the way lime juice complements the melon flavor, but lemon works, too. A little acidity to balance the sweetness. My other favorite sorbet is blueberry. In fact, a scoop of each flavor is just right! It’s going to be hot this week — enjoy the sorbet, Francis!

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