Preview of Next Week's Theme

June 25, 2010

Starting Sunday at midnight, we want to see Your Best Summer Squash Recipe.

This is the fourth contest Whole Foods Market will be sponsoring, awarding the winner with a $100 gift card. At the end of this 8-week summer promotion, one of these winning recipe authors will be awarded the Grand Prize: a $1,000 gift card!

Our longtime partner OXO will continue to award a bounty of kitchen products to the winner and runner-up. So for 8 weeks, we're talking double prizes!

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Summer Squash Recipe Contest


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ppotter1115 July 5, 2010
We had friends over for dinner so I served this Vegetable Triage and it was a HUGE hit. The veggies were perfectly roasted, the potatoes were nice and tender and the caramelized onions were sweet and salty. The whole dish was delicious and it looked really pretty too. All of my friends loved these roasted vegetables and so did most of the kids. I am looking forward to making this again and again. I served this dish alongside the Garlic Chicken and they paired nicely together.
•2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
•1 large sweet yellow onion cut in half and sliced
•2 cloves of garlic, minced
•1-2 russet potatoes, unpeeled
•1 zucchini
•1 yellow squash
•3 large Roma tomatoes
•Sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
•Dried thyme, to taste
•1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 60 seconds. Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of the greased baking dish.
Slice the potatoes, zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with sea salt, black pepper and dried thyme, to taste. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.
Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Uncover and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned. Enjoy
Jane E. June 28, 2010
I always plant too much zucchini, so I pick the blossoms and stuff them and fry them. Here is how I do summer squash:

Caramelize an onion in a pan or wok with olive oil, toss in as much sliced yellow and green squash as you like, stir it until it is as cooked as you like, toss in some chopped mint and serve with a grinding of black pepper. Even anti-squash people like it.

I have enjoyed reading all the recipes and have made a few. I'm sorry it took me so long to find this site.
Amanda H. June 28, 2010
Never too late -- glad you found us! And welcome.
kitchengardener June 27, 2010
I agree that summer squash can encompass many varieties. Winter squashes usually have the hard shells associated with hubbard,butternut, acorn, etc. I have been growing "ronde de nice"
(some call it 8 ball), patty pan, and several space saving zucchini like cultivars because they seem to provide a good variety and mature before the dreaded squash vine borers appear.This year I have some russian heirloom discus summer squash too.
I can't wait for some new ideas!
Amanda H. June 28, 2010
I just bought some ronde de nice -- so cute!
thirschfeld June 26, 2010
Ok, I see those green things in the pic that I call zucchini (LOL) but the theme is summer squash, don't get me wrong they go together like peas and carrots, but I like to focus on the main ingredient and I have a few recipes just for summer squash. Help me out here please with some clarification.
Sagegreen June 26, 2010
Well, this is coming from a virtual new kid on the block, but I would venture to say anything with either or both will be fine! At least I hope so!
WinnieAb June 26, 2010
Zucchini is a variety of summer squash, along with yellow squash and pattypan I'm assuming any and all can be used for this theme.
mrslarkin June 26, 2010
I always thought summer squash was just the yellow one.
thirschfeld June 26, 2010
WinnieAb I am going with you on this one. I am growing three varieties of each this year. I have these beautiful babies summer squash right now .
Amanda H. June 27, 2010
We were thinking, a la WinnieAb, that this would include all kinds of summer squash -- yellow, zucchini (even round zucchini!), pattypans, and any others I'm forgetting. Have fun!
Terita June 26, 2010
Yes! I can't wait to enter. I just discovered the site and I'm digging it.
Amanda H. June 28, 2010
Thanks! Glad to have you as part of the community.
Kayb June 26, 2010
I love squash. We're about to the time of year when my girls start asking me, "Are we having squash AGAIN tonight?" (Yes, we are. Here are the keys. Go to Burger King.)
Sagegreen June 25, 2010
Well I am sad to see the week of cherries come to a close. I do like squash, but do not have any where near as much passion for it as I do cherries!
Lizthechef June 25, 2010
LOL and I mean this sincerely. I am simply overwhelmed by the wealth of recipes you have contributed! You did a yeoman's job here this week - wow!
Heena June 26, 2010
I know exactly what you mean, Sagegreen. It was a fun week, wasn't it? For me, next week's theme is 'Hit the gym' : )
Sagegreen June 26, 2010
Heena, if you notice my recipes leaned much more towards the healthy side by the end of the week for the same reason! But it was fun. It was the focus on my week!
Lizthechef June 25, 2010
Just home from walking down to new neighborhood Farmers Market - loaded with you-know-what!
dymnyno June 25, 2010
I love zucchini....will be swimming in it before long...I always overplant!
aargersi June 25, 2010
I know what I am making! It's good. It's a secret :-)
Sagegreen June 26, 2010
Actually I have something in mind, too. This may be more fun than I initially thought! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. You have such great ideas, like your milksicles.