Garden Tomato Basil Soup + Grilled Cheese from Edible Baja Arizona: Have I mentioned that I’m obsessed with this homemade tomato soup? I grew up eating Campbell’s tomato soup from a can with everybody else, but now I really can’t imagine eating anything but this creamy, fresh, homemade goodness that is Garden Tomato Basil Soup. It makes an appearance on my dinner table once a week for the entirety of tomato season, and I always serve it with buttered Barrio Bread or a gooey (in a good way) grilled cheese. You’re welcome.
Greek-Style Panzanella from Foodie Crush: Panzanella (a.k.a. bread salad) is almost always my solution to slightly stale, leftover bread that needs to be eaten ASAP. (Throwing food away gives me anxiety.) This Greek-Style Panzanella, with summer’s best cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions, will do the trick! Locavore tip: Use fresh bell pepper in place of the jarred pepper called for in this recipe. Bell peppers are in season now, and are oh-so-sweet!
Roasted Carrot and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette from Edible Baja Arizona: Carrots and beets are still going strong at the farmers’ market and in my Tucson CSA share, which means I’m still making my favorite salad on a regular basis (poor me). This week, I used amaranth greens as the base of this salad, which made for a wonderful and welcome change.
Eggplant Gratin from Tasting Table: It’s officially summer, which means that big, beautiful eggplants, colored anywhere from creamy white to lilac to deep purple, are piled high on farmer’s maket tables. The perfect way to use them? This Eggplant Gratin, which calls for layering slices of eggplant between slices of fresh tomatoes, with little bits of goat cheese hidden amongst the layers. I wouldn’t mind serving this on a bed of fluffy cous cous with a summery side salad. I wouldn’t mind at all.
Amaranth Greens and Zucchini Vichyssoise from Edible Baja Arizona: Yes, I’m telling you to eat soup in the 110º weather. But, it’s cold soup. It’s also, creamy, green, healthy, and full of fresh summer produce. So stop rolling your eyes and eat soup.