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Enjoy summer food (at summer prices) all year long

You don't have to pay off-season prices for summer-season food. (©istockphoto.com/Heinz Linke) You don't have to pay off-season prices for summer-season food. (©istockphoto.com/Heinz Linke)
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  • Tomato Basil Pasta, 9/1/14

    Tomato Basil Pasta, 9/1/14

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:26:50 GMT
    Serge KrikorianDinner's Ready2 Servings2 Tbls. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided5 Tbls. Unsalted Butter, divided (NOT margarine)1 tsp. Minced Garlic1 Shallot, minced1 Pt. Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise8-10 Leaves Fresh Basil, cut into ribbonsSalt Ground Black Pepper, to tasteGrated Parmigiano reggiano cheese, for garnish4 oz. Penne Pasta (or pasta of your choice), cooked according to package directionsOption Add-Ins: Diced Grilled Chicken, Sauteed Shrimp, sauteed sliced fresh...More >>
    Serge KrikorianDinner's Ready2 Servings2 Tbls. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided5 Tbls. Unsalted Butter, divided (NOT margarine)1 tsp. Minced Garlic1 Shallot, minced1 Pt. Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise8-10 Leaves Fresh Basil, cut into ribbonsSalt Ground Black Pepper, to tasteGrated Parmigiano reggiano cheese, for garnish4 oz. Penne Pasta (or pasta of your choice), cooked according to package directionsOption Add-Ins: Diced Grilled Chicken, Sauteed Shrimp, sauteed sliced fresh...More >>
  • Spicy Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce, 8/27/14

    Spicy Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce, 8/27/14

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:49:39 GMT
    Gary DukeAlley Oops4 tomatoes, chopped2 tablespoon olive oil1/2 onion, sliced thinlysalt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and garlic to taste4 eggsfresh mozzarella cheese, cubedparmesan cheesefresh basilbread slices1. In a sauce pan, cook the onions in the olive oil for a few minutes, add the tomatoes and seasoning to mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for an additional 15 or 20 minutes.2. Uncover sauce and gentle crack the eggs evenly around your tomato sauce. Place ...More >>
    Gary DukeAlley Oops4 tomatoes, chopped2 tablespoon olive oil1/2 onion, sliced thinlysalt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and garlic to taste4 eggsfresh mozzarella cheese, cubedparmesan cheesefresh basilbread slices1. In a sauce pan, cook the onions in the olive oil for a few minutes, add the tomatoes and seasoning to mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for an additional 15 or 20 minutes.2. Uncover sauce and gentle crack the eggs evenly around your tomato sauce. Place ...More >>
  • Summer Shrimp Salad, 8/25/14

    Summer Shrimp Salad, 8/25/14

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-08-25 12:49:13 GMT
    Capi PeckTrio'sServes 41 1/4 lbs. large Gulf shrimp in the shell2 ears corn on the cobs, steamed, grilled or roasted/ kernels removedFor the dressing:2 cloves garlic, smashed1 1/2 t. cumin1 t. paprika1/2 t. cayenne pepper1/2 c. lime juice1c. olive oil1/2 c. cilantro leavessalt to tasteCombine all dressing ingredients in bowl or jar. Whisk or shake well to combine. Set aside.2 Haas avocados, sliced1/2 c. cilantro leaves8 cups arugula or other greens of your choice?1 half Vidalia or sweet onion...More >>
    Capi PeckTrio'sServes 41 1/4 lbs. large Gulf shrimp in the shell2 ears corn on the cobs, steamed, grilled or roasted/ kernels removedFor the dressing:2 cloves garlic, smashed1 1/2 t. cumin1 t. paprika1/2 t. cayenne pepper1/2 c. lime juice1c. olive oil1/2 c. cilantro leavessalt to tasteCombine all dressing ingredients in bowl or jar. Whisk or shake well to combine. Set aside.2 Haas avocados, sliced1/2 c. cilantro leaves8 cups arugula or other greens of your choice?1 half Vidalia or sweet onion...More >>


By Gail Belsky

If you rush out to the farmers' market or grocery store right now, you may still be able to buy summer squash for $1.25 a pound. Wait another month or two and you'll be shelling out nearly twice that amount … until next summer rolls around.
 
Depending on the crop, the growing conditions that year and the cost of transportation, the price of produce can jump by as much as $2 per pound off-season. So how can you can you continue to enjoy your favorite summer foods at their low summer prices?

Freeze Before Cooking

Many summer fruits and vegetables can be frozen raw for use later and still maintain their nutritional value. Along with berries and peaches, peppers, squash and even tomatoes can go into the deep freeze and stay there for up to eight months -- a lot longer than many cooked dishes you make and freeze. The National Center for Home Food Preservation and the West Virginia University Extension Service offer these tips for freezing specific veggies:

Peppers
Wash, remove stems, cut in half and remove seeds. (You can also cut into smaller slices.) Place on a baking sheet and freeze, then transfer to a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible.

Tomatoes
Wash and dip them in boiling water for 30 seconds to loosen the skin. Core and peel. (You can freeze them whole or in pieces.) Pack into containers, leaving an inch of headspace, and freeze. They'll be mushy when thawed, so use only for cooking.

Squash
Cut out any blemishes. Wash and cut into half-inch slices. Put 6 cups of squash into 1 gallon of boiling water, and leave for 3 minutes after water returns to boil. Drain and immediately place in bowl of ice water, with cold water running over it. Pack into freezer containers, leaving a half-inch of headspace.

Go Slow

Another way to preserve the taste of summer tomatoes is to slow-roast them. Here's how: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cut tomatoes (any variety) in half, and place cut-side-up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with 4 cloves of chopped garlic and fresh thyme, season with sea salt and ground pepper, and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Bake for 10 to 12 hours (less than half that time for smaller tomatoes). They'll collapse, but they won't dry out. Pack into freezer bags or containers, and cover with oil from the pan.

Relish the Taste

When it comes to canning summer foods, don't stop with jam. There are many sweet and savory ways to preserve the flavors you love. Search for the recipes online, and give these creative concoctions a shot: 

  • Peach barbecue sauce
  • Blueberry syrup
  • Bruschetta
  • Roasted red pepper spread
  • Dill pickles
  • Corn-and-tomato salsa
 
 

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