In the Kitchen

Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce

This savory dish makes a satisfying meal when served with a crusty loaf of French or Italian bread, or atop pasta or rice. Use herbs from your garden if you have them, for the freshest flavor.

Lemon Balm Chocolate Mint Soda

This refreshing soda has a subtle, delicious, fresh-from-the-garden flavor you’ll love. A touch of lemon, a hint of chocolate mint — what could be better? Just the thing to surprise and delight your guests during a hot summer gathering.

Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

You’re less than 20 minutes away from fresh, homemade tomato sauce! It’s ridiculously simple to make, and tastes so good that you’ll never want to use jarred sauce again. Whip some up while the pasta or chicken breasts are cooking, and bingo—you’ve got dinner.

Zucchini with Thyme

This tasty side dish is a cinch to prepare, and a wonderful complement to a wide range of main dishes. The simple presentation of Zucchini with Thyme allows fresh garden flavors to shine through.

Cantaloupe Basil Soup

Cool, light, and refreshing, this recipe for Cantaloupe Basil Soup is simple to make, and works equally well as an appetizer or surprising dessert.

Crunchy Kale Chips

Salty and crisp, these Crunchy Kale Chips satisfy the urge to snack in a healthy, delicious way!

Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ideal for picnics and barbecues, this vibrant dish features grilled sweet summer corn combined with chopped heirloom tomatoes and tossed with an herbed vinaigrette.

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Salad

While the flavor of cumin is often instantly recognizable, ground coriander (ground from the seeds of cilantro plants) is more subtle. It adds a mild lemon flavor to dishes like this simple, sophisticated salad.

Thai Beef Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Thinly sliced, seasoned grilled beef, crisp chopped romaine, and wedges of flavorful heirloom tomatoes, all tossed in a spicy Thai dressing — just the thing for a warm-weather dinner out on the deck.

Heirloom Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing

The perfect blend of creamy and tangy, this buttermilk dressing turns already-tasty fresh heirloom tomatoes into a delicious treat you’ll want to make again and again.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese

Burrata is a ball of fresh mozzarella filled with a mixture of fresh mozzarella pieces and cream, which can resemble a fine-curd cottage cheese but is much more flavorful. This recipe boasts a small ingredient list, but it’s big on flavor!

Heirloom Tomatoes au Gratin

Sliced heirloom tomatoes are shingled in a baking dish and topped with a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs, herbs, and grated cheese — the ultimate summer comfort food!

Heirloom Tomato Squash Tart

Summer garden buddies tomatoes and squash star together in this tasty pastry. Pair with a fresh salad for a simple lunch, or with soup for a light supper. Makes a wonderful brunch dish, too!

Tomato, Watermelon, and Shrimp Salad

Tomatoes and watermelon may seem like an unlikely pairing, but these summer favorites taste delicious together. The honey-balsamic dressing enhances the sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomato Salad w/ Fried Goat Cheese

Crisp, fresh greens are served with a savory twist: pan-fried panko-coated goat cheese rounds. Topped with Sherry-Walnut Dressing, this is the salad you’ll want to serve at your next dinner gathering.

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Fresh Basil

This cool, refreshing summer soup makes the best of a big, gorgeous bounty of tomatoes. When your harvest is just beginning or ending, simply divide the recipe in half.

Kale Pastry

Kale is the centerpiece of this savory, quiche-like dish that incorporates sweet onions, garlic, and cheese for a complex, delicious flavor. It’s enrobed in flaky puff pastry, and also features walnuts for a bit of crunch. Just the thing for brunch, this recipe goes wonderfully with a side salad and grits.

Creamed Brussels Sprouts

This Creamed Brussels Sprouts recipe will change the mind of anyone you know who claims to hate Brussels sprouts. Adults and kids alike tend to eat them like candy, and you’ll find that the bowl rarely reaches the table full.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Serve these crunchy but tender, easy-to-make fries with Chipotle Dipping Sauce for a zingy treat. Or, whip up a sweet, delicious Cinnamon Sugar version of the fries to serve as a mouthwatering, surprising dessert.

Lettuce Cup Tacos

These Lettuce Cup Tacos are simple, healthy, and delicious—and don’t require a bit of actual cooking. Whip some up for lunch or a light dinner, or serve them up as appetizers.

Green Smoothie with Apple

Using lettuce in your green breakfast smoothie gives it a milder taste than using kale or most other fall greens (making it great for kids), while still providing a good dose of fiber and vitamins A and K. The slices of Honeycrisp apple lend seasonal flavor to this Green Smoothie with Apple, plus a generous dollop of peanut butter provides protein in a very yummy way. Feel free to be adventurous, swapping, adding, or subtracting ingredients as desired.

Garden Salsa

Homemade garden salsa is a perfect afternoon snack or appetizer for kids of all ages. Don’t hesitate to get creative, adding other tasty ingredients like corn and black beans. Use fresh tomatoes from the garden for best flavor.

Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Serve this delicious Spiced Pumpkin Butter on fresh bread or pancakes, or use it as a mouthwatering pie filling. For best results, use homemade pumpkin puree—it’s sweeter, has less moisture, and tastes both different and better, as the canned “pumpkin” you find in the grocery store is actually made from butternut squash.

Sriracha Sauce

Often used in Thai and Vietnamese dishes, sriracha sauce is adds a tasty kick to noodles, soups, sauces, stir-fries, or pizza. Try mixing with soy sauce for a spicy marinade or with mayonnaise for an unexpected sandwich spread. However you use it, skip the bottled version and make your own for super-fresh flavor using your favorite red chile pepper.

Mom’s Stuffed Peppers

Recipe by Susannah Felts These stuffed peppers are a surefire pleaser because all the various flavors – the mild but snappy pepper, the garlic and onions, the tangy sweetness of the tomatoes, the potent dash of cinnamon – all meld beautifully into a complex, perfectly spiced dish. These stuffed peppers are delicious both as the… Read more »

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes are excellent as a stand-alone appetizer served with a chipotle sauce, as a topping to your favorite burger, or as a substitute for a ripe tomato on a BLT.

Strawberry Rhubarb Chiffon Pie

Using graham crackers to make the crumbs makes a difference in the flavor of the pie.

Quick Pickled Summer Squash

Use a vegetable peeler to make gorgeous squash ribbons for a stunning quick pickled summer squash salad. Of course, you can substitute your favorite veggies (like carrots or cucumbers) in place of the squash.

Basil Chicken Wraps

Try these Basil Chicken Wraps for your next picnic. Double the basil dressing recipe and keep the extra on hand to toss with hot cooked pasta or whole grains, or use it to dress a hearty romaine salad.

Farro Salad with Arugula, Radish & Goat Cheese

Farro, a key ingredient in this Farro Salad, is an ancient grain that’s begun to grow in popularity. Bob’s Red Mill sells it prepackaged, or look for it in the bulk bins at your local natural foods store. Substitute wheat berries if you can’t find it. Then make this salad for your next picnic!

Marinated Sweet Peppers & Fresh Mozzarella

With its mix of vibrant colors and mild flavors, this recipe for Marinated Sweet Peppers & Fresh Mozzarella is sure to be a crowd pleaser. If your guests like fiery heat, substitute a spicy chile, such as serrano, for the banana peppers.

Watermelon Cucumber Sparkler

Try this refreshing, fresh-from-the-garden Watermelon Cucumber Sparkler recipe for your next picnic. If you prefer a nonalcoholic version, use a mildly zingy ginger ale.

Minted Iced Tea

A tall glass of minted iced tea is very refreshing on a hot summer day. While spearmint is the traditional mint used in iced tea, it’s fun to experiment with other varieties of mint such as orange and chocolate mint to create uniquely flavored beverages. Yield: 8 cups Ingredients 10 sprigs fresh mint 2 family-size… Read more »

Tomato-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Few salads are as simple to prepare or as satisfying as wedges of garden ripe tomatoes and sweet basil leaves tossed with a light dressing. This salad is most flavorful when served at room temperature. Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1 ½ pounds large cherry tomatoes, quartered ½ cup loosely packed Sweet basil leaves 3 tablespoons… Read more »

Roma Tomato Snacks

Dehydrating intensifies the natural flavors of your Roma tomatoes, making them tangy and sweet in these tomato snacks. The spices give them a little extra punch. Ingredients • 8 pounds of Roma tomatoes, or the quantity required to fill your dehydrator • Greek seasoning or spice mix of your choice Instructions Slice washed Roma tomatoes… Read more »

Rosemary Cookies

Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup shortening 1 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 3/4 cup flour 2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 2 scant tsp. chopped fresh rosemary Instructions Preheat oven to 400˚F. Blend together the butter, shortening, sugar and eggs until creamy. Sift flour into the mixture… Read more »

Hot Tomato Relish

Ingredients 8-9 Roma tomatoes 1/2 roasted red pepper 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 large garlic cloves, crushed 2 Tbsp. olive oil Instructions Preheat oven to 350˚F. Cut the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds and coarsely chop them and place them in a medium sized bowl. Next, chop the… Read more »

Roasted Bell Peppers

Ingredients 4 large bell peppers, any color is fine 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves Kosher salt to taste, or about 1/4 tsp. Instructions Quarter peppers and remove seeds, stem and centers. Toss in olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Place on hot grill… Read more »

Roma Tomato & Oregano Pizza Topping

Ingredients 28 oz. can whole San Marzano stewed tomatoes, in the juice (or 8 fresh Roma tomatoes) 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tbsp. minced fresh oregano leaves 1/2 stick salted butter Fresh cracked black pepper to taste Instructions Place tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, squeeze them so that they are crushed… Read more »

Garlicky Green Beans

Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs. green beans, trimmed 2 tsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. minced garlic 1 cup chicken broth Salt and pepper to taste Lemon juice Instructions Heat olive oil and garlic in a 12-inch skillet until fragrant. This will take only about 30 seconds to a minute once the oil starts to sizzle around… Read more »

Roast Chicken with Garlic

Ingredients 1 3 lb. whole chicken 1 head of garlic, plus 4 cloves 1 lemon, quartered 20 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 sprig fresh rosemary Kosher salt Fresh black pepper 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter Kitchen twine 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil Instructions Preheat oven to 425˚F. Remove contents from inside the chicken, wash thoroughly and… Read more »

Fresh Eggplant with Mint Marinade

Try this grilled eggplant recipe with mint marinade. The fresh mint marinade makes the eggplant moist so it’s not on the dry side like plain grilled eggplant. Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs. eggplant 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cloves minced garlic Marinade: 1 cup chopped fresh mint, firmly packed 1/2 cup white wine vinegar 2 tsp…. Read more »

Dill Potato Salad

Ingredients 7 cups sliced potatoes 1/2 cup vinaigrette or Italian-style salad dressing 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tsp. horseradish 3 green onions, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. fresh dill Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Slice unpeeled potatoes into disks and cook until tender. Rinse and drain the potatoes, then transfer to a… Read more »

Cucumber Dill Salad

Ingredients 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. sea salt 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sour cream 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 1 Tbsp. white distilled vinegar Pinch cayenne pepper Freshly ground black pepper Instructions In a large bowl, mix the cucumbers and salt and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes…. Read more »