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Summer Tomato Squash Bowl

Summer tomato squash bowl

It’s the end of summer and my garden’s literally exploding with vegetables. This is a good and a bad thing. I can make lots of salads like this summer squash tomato bowl but my garden looks more like a jungle.  All of my enthusiasm in the planting stage yielded 10 giant Early Girl tomato plants.  They  grew like crazy , then folded on top of one another blocking the sunshine on the squash which is why (I think) they’re both green and yellow. I planted three kinds of basil (just for fun!) and the giant one, thai basil, has so many bees I can’t get to it. But, back to the salad. My garden gave me everything and it’s a spectacular gift from Mother nature. I’ll never complain again.

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Grilled Tomato White Bean Salad

Grilled Tomato White Bean Salad

Think of grilled tomato white bean salad as the summer version of a hearty bowl of bean and veggie soup. Beans and vegetables are two things I can’t live without, so I had an idea to turn them into a satisfying warm weather dish. My garden is a battleground for the tomatoes between the squirrel’s and me, so I grabbed the ripe ones, and gave them a good char on the grill. That and white beans, fresh basil, Parmesan shavings and a balsamic reduction and I’m in heaven until it’s time to make soup again.

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Grilled Squash with Basil Drizzle

Grilled Squash with Basil Drizzle

Grilled squash with basil drizzle is a recipe created from the tangle of yellow squash and basil overtaking my garden and it couldn’t be easier to make. There’s a certain fascination with a vegetable garden for someone who loves to cook as much as me. Planting begins as soon as the temp. clears 32 degrees, around late April in NJ. It’s year two for my little garden and once again, my enthusiasm has yielded so many thriving plants, it’s hard to tell one from the other. So, several days ago I was shocked to find a 4-pound yellow squash growing under a canopy of basil. The dish came quickly in my mind (how fun to pick and cook in a matter of minutes!) and I can’t wait to see what my ‘secret garden’ brings me tomorrow.

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Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Tart

Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Tart

What could be better on Mother’s Day than showing your mom some love from the kitchen with mozzarella, tomato, basil tart? Mozzarella, tomato and basil are pretty spectacular on their own, but bake them in a tart and they’re transformed into a rich, layered dish of gooey mozzarella, tender tomatoes and a puffy basil custard finish. You’ll instantly be elevated to favorite child status no matter your age.

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