August 03, 2006

The colors of summer

August in Northern California brings some of my favorite colorful fruits and vegetables to the table. Versatile bright green zucchini and yellow crookneck squash. Luscious vine-ripened tomatoes in every color of the rainbow. The perfect palette against which to build a locally-inspired dinner menu.

I started with the squash. Sliced them into uniform pieces (Pete would be so proud of his granddaughter) and tossed them with some lime infused olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a tablespoon of honey. Arranged them on a baking sheet and tossed them in a 450 oven for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, I sliced and salted the tomatoes -- that's really all they needed.

"Slice" turned out to be the theme of the evening. I sliced one of Aidell's Roasted Pepper and Corn sausages (produced locally and sustainably) and browned it in my everyday pan. Stirred in a bit of leftover sour cream to cut the spice a bit and balance with the other components.




Bon Appetit!

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