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Jun 3, 2013 07:09 PM

What is your favorite veg in season now and how are you cooking it?

The other day I made a "curry" for my daughter with just whole coconut milk and a bunch of fresh veg- broccolini, some fresh ginger, shallots, maybe some spinach. What are you taking advantage of in season and please share how you made it.

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  1. Zucchini:

    shaved with a veg peeler into "noodles," salted to pull the moisture out, rinsed and patted dry, tossed with a lemon olive oil herb dressing with cherry tomatoes, salami and parmesan or feta over the top.

    sliced in half lengthwise, oiled and seasoned, cooked on the grill,

    diced and sauteed in butter, minced garlic added when zucchini is about 3/4 of the way done to prevent the garlic from burning, I take it just to a toasty light brown and then I scrape up those bits and sprinkle them on top

    If they're large, scoop the insides where the seeds are out and fill with a mixture of diced veggies and ground meat and sprinkled with cheese and then baked until the cheese is bubbly and brown

    4 Replies
    1. re: weezieduzzit

      That all sounds terrific! We typically grill zucchini this time of year with some balsamic or red pepper paste. Great ideas you have there W.

      1. re: HillJ

        Those that grow it must come up with lots of ways to use it! :)

        I have a recipe for a zucchini "casserole" around here somewhere that's more like a gratin, when I still ate grains I made zucchini bread, it's really good grated into the meatloaf meat mixture since it helps it stay moist, grated finely into red sauce, .... I'm sure I'll think of more....

        1. re: weezieduzzit

          I'm still buying from the market, my zukes won't come in for quite a while yet. But I adore them!

      2. re: weezieduzzit

        Strips of zuke, sauteed on one side, turned, then loaded with fresh sage leaves, some moz and grana, and sauteed a little more.
        Sage and Zuke are real good buddies.

      3. In early June:
        Kousa squash
        * Stuffed with ground lamb, basmati rice, nuts, spices and braised in tomatoes and pomegranate molasses
        * Sauteed with onions, garlic and mint and topped with yogurt

        Stinging Nettles
        * Cream of nettle soup
        * Nettle and spinach pie
        * Nettle and spring onion quiche
        * Nettle and mushroom pie
        * Nettle pesto

        * Fattoush
        * Purslane leaves with spiced yogurt, sumac and rose water
        * Spareribs with salsa verde y verdolagas
        * Purslane omelets

        Green garlic
        * Green garlic pesto
        * Lamb and green garlic stirfry

        1. Hi Fara,

          The only thing going on in my gardens (haven't been to the store yet this week) are radishes and chives. I did roasted radishes and turnips (radishes, olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes, butter, lime juice) and a chopped chive "pesto" (olive oil, parm, chives, red pepper flakes) which I rubbed on pork chops.

          1. Asparagus veloute, rissotto, frittata...
            Can't wait to pick up strawberries this week!

            3 Replies
            1. re: monavano

              M, are you in New England (re. strawberries)? If so I would love hints as to where you get them.

              1. re: pinehurst

                I'm in the D.C. area/Northern VA. Love berry season!

                1. re: monavano

                  Me too. Hope to go picking in a little bit up here.

            2. Corn. Duh. Nuke for 3-5 min. with just the innermost husk still on. Slather with butter, cover with salt :-)

              Sweet peppers. Toss with olive oil, oregano, crushed rosemary, sea salt. Grill. Inhale.