Summer Veggies & Cheese

Summer time and the living (cooking & eating) should be easy. Produce is abundant everywhere. I advice growing your own or buying from your local farmer who gardens without the use of any chemicals. Summer enjoyment of the bounty needs to be fresh and in simple preparations so we can get back outside ASAP.  Grating and quick stir frying veggies is easy and a speedy way to get dinner on the table.

For last eve's quicky, get back outside dinner:

  • 1 medium yellow squash
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 3 medium cloves of garlic (yup, dragon breath here I come!)
  • Goat's milk cheddar from Nature's Storehouse, Canton, AND from Goats living and lactating in Candor, NY! How awesome is that?
  • Goat's milk Manchego cheese from the Potsdam Coop, maybe it was sheep's milk cheese??? That is what wikipedia tells me manchego is made from and who am I to argue with wikipedia?
  • any fresh herbs from your garden or your farmer's garden (basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, lemon balm... use your imagination here to mix and match fun flavors from Mother Earth)
  • butter or ghee from pasture raised, lactating animals
  1. heat an appropriate sized pan for the amount of veggies you are grating to feed the crew who will grace your table 
  2. add some ghee or butter
  3. chop onion into any size or shape you desire and saute in the above warmed up pan
  4. while onion is gently cooking, use the above cheese grater contraption and grate the yellow squash
  5. when onion is soft but not over cooked, add grated yellow squash
  6. while yellow squash gratings are gently cooking, grate your cheese chunks on same said grater contraption            
  7. peel garlic and put into your garlic press or finely chop garlic
  8. fine chop the herbs you have gathered
  9. spread cooking veggie mix into even layer in pan
  10.  sprinkle garlic across top of veggies
  11. sprinkle chopped herbs atop this mix
  12. top with cheese
  13. cover pan and turn off heat; you want cheese to melt but do not want mushy, color drained, over cooked veggies (trust me on this one)
  14. in 5 minutes or so, uncover pan and place appropriate amounts of food onto the plates of the crew gracing your table

Options to play with this veggie mix: 

  • use a zucchini in the grated veggies
  • use any seasonally & locally available produce in the veggie gratings. If the veggie is not appropriate for grating (tomatoes), then just finely chop them
  • try any kind of cheese that you have on hand or suits your fancy
  • add chickpeas, lentils, or whatever bean you crave
  • add chunks of chicken, sausage...
  • toss some raw nuts or seeds on top of your veggies
  • sprinkle with unrefined sea salt (depending on the saltiness of the cheese) and fresh ground pepper
  • olives?
  • roasted red pepper chunks