Sunday, August 3, 2008

Summer Produce Iron Chef Round Up!

Today was a great event where folks brought in a random assortment of summer produce - fruits and vegetables - and together we came up with a lunch menu using the produce and a stocked pantry. We had a lot to work with so it was pretty easy to come up with something tasty.
Here's our luncheon menu:

To join in the fun, my fellow bloggers have submitted recipes using summer produce. As I do with each blogging event I host, a lucky blogger receives a giveaway related to the food theme. This event's winner is Oakley of LemonBasil! Oakley will be receiving a Farmers Market cookbook packed with some great recipe ideas for all produce imaginable. Congratulations Oakley and thanks to all that participated in the blogging event! Read on to check out the pics submitted by my fellow bloggers...

Stina of Eat Something
from Tennessee
Peach & Blueberry Clafouti
Stina does an excellent job tackling Nigella's recipe for a Peach & Blueberry Clafouti. She has some great suggestions to use other fruit too! Check out her blog for the recipe and maybe try putting your spin on it with other fruits while they are in season!

Kim of Live Love Laugh Eat
from Virginia
Caprese Inspired Green Salad
Taking the components of a traditional caprese salad, Kim makes use of her bountiful garden by adding some cucumbers. Not only is it a colorful salad, but a refreshing one for the summer. Check out her blog for the recipe!

Psychgrad of Equal Opportunity Kitchen
from Ontario, Canada
Walnut & Strawberry Salad
Psychgrad recently visited France and brought back some walnut oil. To make great use of this special ingredient, a beautiful Walnut & Strawberry Salad was created. Check out their blog for some beautiful pictures of their trip to France and the recipe for their delicious summer salad!

Rachel of The Crispy Cook
from New York
Stir-Fried Broccoli Shoots & Tofu
Rachel has a great recipe waiting for you in her blog, using broccoli shoots... a summer produce I have yet to work with. For the recipe and to read more about these broccoli shoots, check out her blog!

Oakley of Lemon Basil
from Portland, OR
Fresh Summer Vegetable Stack
Oakley gets creative with presentation using her summer produce! She used some great vegetables and created a simple and elegant dish. Check out her blog for the recipe and take advantage of the summer produce before the summer's over!

Jason of Dericious Things
from Chicago, IL
Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
Jason makes great use of some eggplant, squash, mushrooms and basil. Check out his new blog and try roasting/grilling vegetables to create a delicious sandwich!