Salads in Jars

Salads in Jars

There’s too much to do outside this summer to be stuck in the kitchen making lunch. A great strategy for using up all the produce in your CSA box, and keeping you fed with ease, is popping your lunch into jars for grab-and-go meals. You should feel free to use what you’ve got in the crisper, but here are some tips for success and some combinations we love.

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A Recipe for All Season[ing]s

A Recipe for All Season[ing]s

One of the greatest things about summer is cooking with gorgeous fresh vegetables. But my heart always breaks a bit when I look at the detritus littering my workspace after a marathon cooking session. Those scraps, peels, and leafy tops always promise even more pleasure. For years I’ve wracked my brain for ways to use it all.

Stocks, soups, pestos … all these options have been fully explored in my kitchen. I recently discovered yet one more way to use those scraps and it has changed the way I cook and season my food. (It’s also given me a bottomless arsenal of hostess and holiday gifts.) 

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Zucchini-Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Zucchini-Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

If you’ve got a set of little hands to help with baking, let them mix, measure, and stir the batter, then use an ice cream scoop to put it in the pan. Using a mini cookie cutter for shaping the squash slice atop each muffin will add some whimsy and fun to the process, but the end result will be just as tasty with simple rounds. 

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Sweet & Spicy Purslane Relish

Sweet & Spicy Purslane Relish

This recipe is adapted from the website LedaMeredith.com. If you’re new to boiling water bath canning, please visit The National Center for Home Food Preservation for USDA guidelines on safe home canning. If you don’t want to can the relish, store it in a clean glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

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BLT Flatbread

BLT Flatbread

These flatbreads are a great way to start a party and delicious enough to be the main course. If you don’t eat meat, leave the bacon off and add some slices of roasted eggplant. We precook the bacon in this recipe as the short time spent in the oven is not long enough to cook it. If you prefer, bake these on a baking sheet in a very hot oven (500℉) for about 10 minutes.

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