Despite its nagging demands for water and protection from pests, your backyard garden is your biggest resource all summer long. Not only does it provide you with the freshest, best-tasting varieties of vegetables and herbs, it also saves you money and delivers better food than you could get in any restaurant. However, if you’re a harried gardener, like so many of us are, you find yourself stumped at dinner time by how best to use that harvest basket full of freshness.
Year after year, the National Gardening Association surveys members for the most popular homegrown vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn, summer squash, onions, and sweet and hot peppers are always on the list. From salads and salsas, to main dishes and dessert, relish your backyard abundance with these simple garden-fresh recipes. To avoid the weekly meal rush, double any recipe, and enjoy leftovers the next day.
8 EASY SUMMER RECIPES:
Avocado Corn Salad Recipe
Creamy Cucumber Raita Recipe
Pickled Hot Pepper Hot Salsa Recipe
Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart Recipe
Pasta Mascarpone with Heirloom Tomatoes Recipe
Sweet Corn and Cheese Grits with Grilled Shrimp Recipe
Basil-Lemon Ice Cream Recipe
Old-School Lemonade or Limeade Recipe
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Karen Keb is the co-author (as Karen K. Will) of Plowing With Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions with her husband, Oscar H. Will III. Find it in the bookstore: Plowing with Pigs. Check out her rural lifestyle blog at My Home Farm.