This peppy relish from Martha Stewart adds flavor to the likes of salmon, chicken, or crudité.
1 sweet onion, finely diced
4-6 scallions, trimmed of root and tough green ends and finely diced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1½ teaspoons sugar
Sea salt and pepper
1-2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as parsley, mint, or cilantro
1. Place onion and scallions in a bowl of ice water; soak 20 minutes.
2. Drain the onion and scallions, squeezing in paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible; transfer to a bowl. Add sugar, vinegar, herbs, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to taste. Relish can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.
This crisp slaw from Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food II is excellent tossed with grilled veggies.
2-3 fennel bulbs
2-3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1. Using a box grater or rasp, zest both lemons, then reserve the zest and fruit.
2. Peel and finely dice the shallot. Place shallot in a small bowl with the lemon zest, juice of 1 lemon, Champagne vinegar, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well and let sit for a few minutes to macerate. Whisk in the extra-virgin olive oil. Taste for salt and acid and adjust as needed.
3. Trim the fronds and dark green stalks from the fennel bulb. Cut the bulb in half lengthwise and then into a fine dice. Toss with salt to taste and stir into the lemon-shallot mixture. Remove all the remaining peel from the unjuiced lemon and cut the segments from their membranes. Cut segments into a medium dice and gently stir them into the relish. Let relish sit for 5 minutes before serving.
This classic recipe hails from The Complete Book of Pickles and Relishes, and is a true farmhouse standby!
5-6 ears fresh corn
1 ripe heirloom tomato, seeds removed
1½ cups chopped green pepper
¾ cup chopped sweet Bullhorn peppers
1 cup chopped, unpeeled cucumber
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1 cup sugar
1 pint vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1. Wash and drain vegetables. Cut corn from the cob and scrape cob to get all the milk from the kernels.
2. Combine all vegetables in a large pot or preserving kettle. Mix the pickling liquid separately and pour over vegetables.
3. Simmer for 1 hour over medium heat, then transfer into canning jars. Seal while still warm to preserve flavor.
Welcome the hot, sunny days of August with a lineup of favorites fit for munching, mingling and lingering on the patio, from a housemade frittata kissed with sweet red peppers, potatoes and parsley (just reheat!) to our signature cobbler mix to pair with the first peaches of the season. Featuring a selection of produce ranging from Padrón peppers and heirloom tomatoes to eggplant and zucchini, plus Gruyère cheese bread, fig jam and fragrant herbs, this week’s lineup is bright and summer-fresh—pour a glass of fruity Chardonnay, slice up a peach and enjoy!
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
Blistered Padrón Peppers
These flavorful peppers make for a wonderful pre-dinner nibble!
Summer Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad
Incredibly fresh and light, this colorful salad is accented by a robust heirloom tomato vinaigrette.
Grilled Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette
In addition to this week’s salad, this bright dressing is wonderful tossed with pasta, or drizzled over steamed or grilled artichokes.
This rustic Provencal dish is summer in a bowl, crafted with zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes.
This traditional Tuscan relish is lovely on toasted crostini.
Purple Scallion Relish
This zesty relish from Martha Stewart adds flavor to the likes of grilled salmon, chicken and even flatbreads.
It’s hard to beat this classic summer dessert—just add vanilla ice cream!