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by Sarah Steimer

Pasta with roasted tomatoes, corn and garlic confit

This dish was a straight-up treat. The garlic confit and corn take on a subtle sweetness, while the roasted tomatoes take everything to a deeper level. I would have even skipped the pasta and poured everything over a good piece of bread. So save this recipe as a bruschetta idea as well!

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by Caitlin Saniga

I might have said goodbye to tomatoes in this recent post, but I snagged a few last fruits from my scraggly plants. I was inspired by the textures of kale and fresh green cabbage at the farmers market, so I tore up a few leaves, tossed in some sliced tomatoes and fresh green beans, and whipped up the tastiest roasted red pepper dressing. This salad was a pleasant summer's end surprise.

I might have said goodbye to tomatoes in this recent post, but I snagged a few last fruits from my scraggly plants. I was inspired by the textures of kale and fresh green cabbage at the farmers market, so I tore up a few leaves, tossed in some sliced tomatoes and fresh green beans, and whipped up the tastiest roasted red pepper dressing. This salad was a pleasant summer’s end surprise.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Chopped green beans and cherry tomatoes with ginger-shallot dressing

It’s the end of tomato season in New England. I type this while picturing the tomato plants still standing in my garden: The stalks are brown and puckered; the few remaining fruits are speckled and dry looking; they need to be ripped out of their beds. So I nearly pounced on a $2 bag of tiny, multi-colored cherry tomatoes this weekend at the farmers market. They may be the last of the year! Sliced in half with a pile of chopped fresh green beans, and drizzled with gingery shallot vinaigrette — this is how I’m saying so long to my favorite summer snack.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Dark gazpacho with sesame and rice wine vinegar

This Asian-style gazpacho takes a lot of cues from the traditional chilled soup, and I really loved the depth that toasting the bread and sesame seeds added to the flavor. With that in mind, I served this soup with sourdough bread toasts.

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by Sarah Steimer

Summer tomato salad with fresh herbs

It’s a simple salad, but with so many fresh tomatoes and herbs around, why do more? Seek out the best heirlooms at your farmer’s market. The tomatoes are truly the key ingredient here (and go for color, too!).

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by Sarah Steimer

Grilled skirt steak with tomatoes

Bill and I had one of those great, lazy Sundays where we just wandered around a few Chicago neighborhoods until we were ready to eat dinner. He decided on this recipe and we had a little kitchen/grill collaboration on a gorgeous late afternoon — complete with some hoppy brews from Ohio left by a friend.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Heirloom tomato spaghetti with fresh basil

Please forgive me for sharing what may be the simplest, most generic summer meal. I can’t get enough of heirloom tomatoes!

  • 4 medium heirloom tomatoes, the more colorful, the better
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1 8-ounce package spaghetti

Chop the tomatoes and place them in a large bowl, along with their juices. Drizzle the olive oil over top, and season well with salt and pepper. Let the tomatoes rest.

Mince the shallots and garlic. In a small saucepan, heat a couple splashes of olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Next, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, and add to the bowl with the tomatoes. Tear the basil leaves, and add them to the bowl. Stir to combine, and let rest while preparing the pasta.

Cook the pasta according to package directions, and drain. Add the pasta to the bowl with the tomatoes, and toss well to coat with the sauce. Divide among 4 bowls, and serve warm.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe adapted from: Mission Delectable

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by Sarah Steimer

Chickpea salad with coriander and cumin

This salad has simple ingredients that end with a big result. The chickpeas and seasonings are so earthy, but the salad on top really cools things off and brightens the entire dish.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Cantaloupe gazpacho with cucumber salsa and feta

Gazpacho can be so refreshing this time of year — and I don’t know about you, but it’s been about 90 bajillion degrees in Providence lately. This version incorporates cantaloupe in the mix. I’ve also dried a gazpacho with watermelon.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Shaved candy cane beets and tomatoes with spicy oregano

I’ve always wanted to make something with candy cane beets because they’re so gorgeous. I knew that roasting and other heavy heat methods of cooking can mute the striped pattern, so I thought that if I sliced the beets thinly enough, they wouldn’t need to be cooked as much. The super-fine raw beets weren’t bad, but in the end I decided to steam them, which helped. Placing them in a single layer encouraged them to soften quickly and preserved the pretty red-and-white pattern.

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