8/1/21: Summer Produce
This is the time of year when there is an abundance of fresh produce available, whether it is in your own garden or at the farmers markets. Fresh produce tastes so good and is usually less expensive when it is in season. Some of the fruits and vegetables that will be readily available this month, with most of it growing well in Nebraska, include apples, apricots, beans (both green and lima), beets, berries (both blackberries and raspberries), broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs of all types, kale, melons, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, peppers, plums, potatoes, summer squash, Swiss chard and turnips. The University of Nebraska Extension has lots of information available to help you with knowing what is in season as well as providing tips on how to store it and recipes for it.
I also found a good website from the Eating Well test kitchen that has many recipes with both tomatoes and cucumbers. I don’t know about you, but I always have a plethora of these two veggies and I was excited to find several recipes that contain both of them. One of them that caught my eye is the salmon panzanella, which is a traditional Italian bread salad full of tomatoes and cucumber with a protein boost from the addition of grilled salmon.