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Smokey Summer Squash with Balsamic Syrup


(serves 4)

Tender fleshed, mild flavored summer squash takes on a delicious smoky, caramelized taste when grilled. Buy ones that are bight-colored, free of spots and bruised and use within 5 days when stored in a plastic bag in the frig. continue reading

Fresh Spring Pea Tabbouleh


Nutritious bulgur pairs with fresh peas to make this Tabbouleh perfect as a spring or summer side. Keep it simple, local and organic.

Ingredients: (Serves 6)

¾ cup quick-cooking bulgur
1 cup boiling water
2 lemons – juiced and divided (about 6 Tbs.) continue reading

Asparagus Sesame Stalks


Harbinger of Spring

The earliest most tender stalks of asparagus are a wonderful bright, apple green with purple, tight tips. Ideally, you should eat them the day you buy them, but you could also keep them wrapped tightly in a plastic bag for 3-4 days in the frig or store them standing upright in an inch of water, covered with a plastic bag. Asparagus contains a wealth of vitamin A and some iron and Vitamins B and C. Try this quick, lower fat Chinese flavored side dish. continue reading

Balsamic Reduction Drizzle over Roasted Sweet Potato Bites


Who knew a root could taste so good! This recipe is a delicious, simple way to get your Vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium all wrapped into one side dish. Purchase the darker, thicker skinned variety of sweet potato that is small to medium sized with smooth, unbrused skin. Store raw potatoes in a cool, dark place – do not refrigerate. continue reading

Heavenly Hash


(4-6 servings)

August is the month in the Chicagoland area to take advantage of the great foods available at local farmer’s markets. Support your local farmers, eat foods picked at perfection, sharpen your knife and enjoy this versatile, simple vegetable dish. Be creative and add any veggies you love to eat. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this dish is a pleaser. continue reading