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.
Here are some red bell peppers that I roasted. We ate them dressed with olive oil, garlic and oregano.
I found some perfect zucchini and stuffed them with ground meat, cheese and tomatoes.
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.
Speaking of basil, I grew an Italian lettuce leaf variety in a planter that just grew and grew. It is so fragrant!
I just adore this potato salad, made with new potatoes, tomatoes, red onions and basil.
This focaccia topped with fresh fruit was a treat for breakfast served with cappuccino.
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.
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!