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Zucchini Every Which Way

Summer is here and I find myself asking the same old question – what to do with all this zucchini?!

The answer is simple – almost anything! This week, I searched the FP Recipe Archives for ways to use zucchini and was reminded of this summer staple’s amazing versatility. Zucchini is great baked, roasted, sautéed, or grilled. It makes a great addition to soups, casseroles, and salads. It’s also comfortable playing a starring role.

Granny Jane used to make a world-famous (well, we thought so) Zucchini Relish. I am off to find that recipe now. Read more for links to the recipes!

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Farro with Roasted Mushrooms and Parmesan

NPR has a new program called “Cook Your Cupboard.” People call in and share whatever random ingredients they have on-hand and chefs help them come up with ideas for what to make. It’s not a contest; the ingredients are not totally outrageous; there’s no time limit. The premise for the program is really quite simple – help home cooks avoid waste, get creative and make the most of their pantry. Good stuff!

I do this all the time. I survey my pantry, my refrigerator, my garden, and whatever else I have on hand for what needs to be used and let it inspire me. Most recently, I had a pound of mushrooms that needed attention. I had farro in the pantry, Parmesan cheese in the fridge, and parsley and lemons in the garden. This was delicious, savory and very satisfying. I also have Food52 to thank – do you know it?

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Haricots Verts (thin French green beans) and White Beans with Shallot Vinaigrette

This recipe combines creamy white beans with crispy haricot verts and a tangy vinaigrette. Best served room temperature, make it ahead so the beans have some time to marinate. BTW – this shallot vinaigrette recipe stands on its own. I imagine it’s delicious on boiled red potatoes, grilled vegetables or mixed greens…yummy.

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Flageolet Beans with Rosemary and Thyme (slow cooker)

French flageolet beans are buttery and smooth – and can be hard to find. You may substitute navy beans, but try to find the flageolet. The first night, I served this as a side dish. The next day, I sautéed sliced cooked chicken sausage and added it to the leftovers for a hearty main dish. Using the slow cooker means you don’t have to pre-soak the beans.

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Spinach Puffs

Easy, quick, elegant – and a bit indulgent. These puffs are addictive, so watch it! For this recipe, use a standard muffin pan. I imagine these could also be made using a mini tart pan for bite-size appetizer puffs. Either way, they are delicious. I served them with stew as a vegetable and roll in one. They would also make a nice meal on their own with mixed grens or other fresh vegetable side. These puffs can be assembled, wrapped in plastic wrap and then frozen before baking. Simply add a few minutes to the baking time if you bake them from frozen. For recipes, read more…

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Edamame Succotash

Yield: 4 servings Traditionally, succotash is made with lima beans. This updated version uses shelled edamame (green soybeans) instead. High in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, it really satisfies. Enjoy! Ingredients: 3 ounces Canadian-style bacon, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups chopped red onion 2 cups corn kernels 1 16-ounce bag frozen shelled edamame, thawed […]

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Butternut Barley Pilaf

Yield: 6-8 side servings I adapted this recipe from Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks website – a great source for recipes focused on healthy, natural foods. Ingredients: 2 cups pearled barley 3 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1/2 red onion, sliced thin 1 teaspoon dried thyme 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar […]

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