August Summer Random Bites

Only 4 weeks left of summer....sorry to depress you.

I wish summer would never end, but all good things must come to an end.....why is that?

Here are some mid-August random bites for you.

Simple is my new motto.

I love the produce during late summer here in NJ (The Garden State) makes me so happy.

Tomatoes are abundant for the next 4 weeks.....every variety you can imagine.

I make a panzanella salad every few days with whatever I have.....olives, cucumbers, herbs, toasted bread (most important ingredient) along with TOMATOES. Fresh and ripe.

Lots of fresh basil and oregano, red onion slices......even fresh torn mozzarella sometimes.

Here, I added a can of drained cannellini beans to the mix.
The salad should be dressed only with some red wine vinegar, good olive oil, sea salt & pepper.

Do it.

Slice up some plums or nectarines and put them on flat bread, along with fresh torn mozzarella and olive oil.

Bake in the toaster oven so you don't have to "light the oven" (as my mother would say).

Sprinkle of sea salt & drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

And another super simple summer recipe is this green bean salad.

Blanch some farmer's market green beans for 4 minutes and add to a bowl with halved sun-gold cherry tomatoes.
Add in some sliced radish (I am fancy, and used watermelon radish!).

Throw in some chopped kalamata olives. Make a vinaigrette of 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil. Handful of snipped chives and fresh thyme leaves.

Season the salad w/ sea salt & pepper and toss with the vinaigrette. This is so easy and delicious.
I topped the leftovers the next day with canned tuna for a hearty lunch.

Enjoy the rest of my favorite season!


Stephanie said…
Three awesome recipes in their own right. Ontario is a bit later than NJ in the produce section but I'll keep these in my pocket. Thanks!
Mom said…
Love these kinds of recipes! This is how we eat...easy,fresh, local whole foods! Thanks so much.
Ally said…
Stacey, do you freeze or preserve any of this beautiful produce for later in the tear?
Amen Kahwajy said…
First you gave us "tin-foil", then "wax paper", now I thank you for "light the oven"! Great to be getting back this wonderful and beautiful descriptive retro vocabulary.
Stacey Snacks said…
Yes....I've been freezing all summer berries! Red bell peppers also freeze beautifully....and I have been slicing corn off the cobs and freezing that too!
I love it!