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Grilling: Pizza 8 Ways

Grilled Pizza With Potato, Fennel, Walnuts and Mozzarella

Grilled Pizza With Potato, Fennel, Walnuts and Mozzarella

Grilling pizza should be a summer rite of passage for any food lover, but until last week, I’d managed to miss out. Maybe it was nerves. Maybe it was laziness. Once I tried it, though, I’m wondering why it took me so long. My pizza was not engulfed in flames, and it wasn’t stuck to the grill. It was, however, crisp, charred and delicious.

Don’t be like me — just do it! Here’s how, and 8 reasons to try it before summer’s end.

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Canning: Pickles, Relish and Jam

The Finished Product Cucumber Jam, Pickled Squash and Hot Pickle Relish

I’ve always been intrigued, if a bit intimidated, by the canning process. My parents stopped canning when I was about waist-high, so while I dreamed of having a root-cellar (yes, I live in an apartment, but, hey, it’s my dream) full of canned goods, I’d never actually canned anything.

So when my friend (and canning aficionado) Margaret came home from a vacation to a two-wheelbarrow crop of cucumber and squash, I was thrilled to help her put it all up (and get half the results).

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Summer Fest: Easy Tomato Galette

Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Galette

Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Galette

Summer Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

It really doesn’t get much better than a summer tomato.  I may be a little biased: I grew up eating tomatoes straight from the garden, warm from the sun.  Since then, I’ve had a hard-and-fast two-tomato-a-day rule every tomato season.  Sure, I love tomato salads, BLTs and simple, garlicky sauce, but this summer, my favorite way to reach my daily quota is a slice of tomato galette.

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Solving: The Okra Situation

Fresh Okra - Photo Courtesy Souvlaki for the Soul

Fresh Okra - Photo Courtesy Souvlaki for the Soul

I love having a CSA. Every week, my farmer delivers fresh-picked tomatoes, peaches, herbs and as many squash as I can carry. But then, there’s the okra situation. For the last month, my CSA box has included a big bag of okra. “I hope you’re not tired of okra,” my farmer says each week.  I vaguely smile.  I’m not tired of okra — I’m stumped by it.

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Discovering: Fresh Peas

Fresh Peas: Friend or Foe?

Fresh Peas: Friend or Foe?

I’ve always had a rocky relationship with peas. As a kid, I’d push the frozen variety around on my plate until they were cold and clammy, then eat a few and call it a day.

But even as a pea skeptic, I suspected the fresh ones would be different. So when I came across them at the farmers’ market, I knew it was destiny. Pea pods in hand, I headed home to widen my recipe repertoire.

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Food Jammers-Inspired Ice Cream

"Kick The Can" Strawberry Ice Cream

"Kick The Can" Strawberry Ice Cream

With weather hovering in the 90s all weekend, I couldn’t wait for Cooking Channel’s Ice Cream Truck to head to Knoxville to get my icy fix. My head filled with just four words: Need. Ice. Cream. Now. (It was too hot for complete sentences.)

The Food Jammers crew had the same craving on a camping trip, but they weren’t waiting around for that ice cream truck, either. They got to work making ice cream DIY-style — with two coffee cans and a campfire. I was inspired to make my own, sans ice cream maker.

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Picking: Sour Cherries

Sour cherries, fresh from the tree

Sour cherries, fresh from the tree

I can’t get enough of sour cherries. Growing up in Ohio, I’d spend the first half of June up in the cherry tree, reaching for every last can’t-help-but-pucker gem. Even with my “one for the bucket, two for me” mentality, my family ended up with loads of cherries that would find their way into pies, jam, cobblers, muffins and more.

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