What’s Left on Your Summer List?

Two days after Labor Day, I’m still reluctant to let go of summer.

As I’ve written before, summer is one of my favorite seasons, with our local farm stands overflowing with fresh berries, eggplant, squash, melons and luscious Jersey peaches, corn and tomatoes. I will sorely miss them in January.

sunset-danHappily, the bounty of summer continues as our daylight hours dwindle, and there are still many ways to take advantage of those fruits and vegetables.

A few days ago, the community-based cooking website Food52.com asked readers about their summer bucket lists, which started me thinking: What is still on my summer bucket list? When I see the many available summer recipes, I only regret that I can’t prepare more of them. We have probably eaten our weight in fresh corn, watermelon, peaches, zucchini and other summer produce, but what am I still craving?

Every year I plan to make caponata, a relish-like dish of eggplant, tomatoes and various other ingredients, but for some reason I never get around to it. This week I will work on that, possibly trying this recipe from Cooking Light or another from the Under the Tuscan Sun Cookbook, a gorgeous book that I love to page through.

I also would love to make grilled pizza, and here’s a possibility, also from Cooking Light, Grilled Vegetable and Fontina Pizza.

What’s on your list?


Image courtesy of Dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

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