Pasta Primavera Summer Style

Pasta Primavera Summer Style

Pasta Primavera is a dish that consists of pasta and fresh vegetables, usually served with a light cream sauce. It is associated with spring because primavera means "springtime" in Italian and so the dish often consists of spring vegetables like peas and carrots. For my Pasta Primavera "Summer Style" I used whatever vegetables looked fresh and delicious (in August) at the local farm stand. In my case we took a trip to Balsam Farms in Amagansett where they had an unbelievable array of every summer vegetable under the sun - literally!  I love…
Summer Tomato Panzanella Salad

Summer Tomato Panzanella Salad

During the summer tomatoes are so abundant, ripe, juicy and beautiful! If you have a garden you know they come in fast and furious, all ripening at once. The only problem is figuring out how to use them. Here is another good recipe with tomatoes that is easy and a delicious way to use them! It is called Panzanella Salad and is a Tuscan dish using soaked stale bread, tomatoes, onions, fresh basil & parsley, peppers, cucumbers, garlic, mozzarella & capers. Ingredients for the salad: 2 - 3 cups of bread cubes (stale…
Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Croutons, Herbs, Capers & Goat Cheese

Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Croutons, Herbs, Capers & Goat Cheese

This is the time of year when tomatoes are abundant.  If you have an excess of tomatoes all coming ripe in your garden at once, you may be trying to figure out a way to use them. Yes, they are great sliced on salads and caprese style with mozzarella & basil - but roasted herb stuffed tomatoes are a wonderful way to use more than a few at a time. Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Croutons, Herbs, Capers & Goat Cheese (Preheat oven to 360 degrees) Ingredients: (serves 2 - 4 depending if used…
Pasta with Golden Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Corn, Ricotta & Squash Blossoms

Pasta with Golden Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Corn, Ricotta & Squash Blossoms

Have you seen those beautiful squash blossoms at the farmer's market lately? They are golden and curvy and really pretty!  I decided I wanted to use them in a recipe, so I did a little research on how to use them. Apparently you can bake them, stuff them, or fry them..so actually they are very versatile for almost any recipe. I wanted to use them in a way where they still maintained their beautiful shape and color. So I settled on a pasta dish where I would very lightly saute them and add…
Seasonal Summer Platter with Potato Salad

Seasonal Summer Platter with Potato Salad

Summer is the time for salads! Fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits are at their peak and are readily available at produce stands and at the markets. This time of year I like to try to come up with different combinations of vegetables & fruits. Salads are so light and refreshing on a warm summer day so they make the perfect meal (or side dish to barbecue) When I think of summer, these are some of my favorites....tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, corn, red potatoes, radishes, blueberries, nectarines and fresh herbs. I associate this particular…