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Summer Fest: Giada’s Rigatoni With Eggplant Puree

Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. 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. Fresh this week: eggplant.

I’m a big fan of eggplant no matter how it’s prepared: sliced in half and grilled to charred perfection, cubed and roasted, or sliced thin and wrapped around ricotta cheese. But not everyone loves the consistency of this meaty vegetable. Giada has a great recipe for those who might otherwise be eggplant-averse: Rigatoni With Eggplant Puree.

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Summer Fest: Have Your Way With Watermelon

Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. 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. Fresh this week: melon.

 

Watermelon is 92% water, making it a great option for using in all sorts of drinks, desserts and even soups. It’s also one of those fruits that embodies the idea of lazy summer days and seed-spitting contests so scoop one up as you enjoy these last few weeks of the season.

Here are our current five favorite ways to use watermelon:

1. Mixed Melon Salad with Cilantro and Lime (pictured above)

Kelsey Nixon’s refreshing fruit salad combines cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon in a lime, honey and cilantro dressing. It’s a simple way to showcase the best of summer’s melon.

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Summer Fest: Tasty Takes on 6 Types of Summer Tomatoes

Refreshing Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. 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. Fresh this week: tomatoes.

Tomatoes are at their seasonal peak. There are thousands of varieties of the bright, juicy and incredibly versatile fruit. We’ve narrowed down the list to our favorite ways to prepare six of them:

Heirloom Tomatoes

A sweet and savory combination of heirloom tomatoes, watermelon and feta cheese makes for a Refreshing Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad (pictured above). Use heirlooms in all colors and sizes to get the most pop on your plate.

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Pesto, Six Ways

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Huge bunches of basil are readily available at the market right now, and the giant leaves make the perfect base for a classic summer spread: pesto. You can use pesto as a quick pasta sauce, a topping for pizza or simply as a dip for grilled bread. Try David Rocco’s classic Pesto Genovese, which uses basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan and olive oil. But basil isn’t a requirement for this delicious summer staple. Check out  a few more fun pesto combinations below.

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Summer Fest: Fresh Corn Muffins

Week five of our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2011 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. So far, we’ve delved into eggplant, peaches, cucumbers and cherries. Now we’re on to a new crop: corn.

Yes, I turned on my oven. It was worth it though to work sweet summer corn into a classic corn muffin recipe. These savory corn muffins are a great accompaniment to any summer dish but since I prefer to snack all day, I made them miniature. I saved time by using a corn muffin mix in this recipe because I knew I was going to get the sweetness from the fresh corn and a moist texture from adding sour cream to the mixture.

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To Farmers Markets We Go

Shop at your local market during National Farmers Market Week.

For many, summer weekends mean days of briny sunning and swimming, lounging by pools and picnicking in parks. But here at Cooking Channel, one of our favorite summer pastimes is visiting local farmers markets and choosing amongst their bounty of fresh produce like kids in a candy store. Every trip offers the possibility of happening across a new vegetable variety or getting lost in conversation with passionate growers about their choices for cooking and consumption. (It’s kind of like a food lover’s summer camp.) 

Whether you’re a weekly regular or have yet to explore what your neighboring markets have to offer, August is the perfect time for strolling amongst aisles of produce-filled bins. For a too-short period of time, beans, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini are at their finest.

To celebrate this cornucopia of the summer harvest, the USDA has declared this week National Farmers Market Week, encouraging the 6,000-plus nationwide markets to host events and offer specials. (Not sure where to find the closest markets? This handy search engine enables you to locate them by zip code.) Check individual market websites to see what specials might be offered through this Thursday.

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