A Tempting Trilogy

{Summer Squash Saute}

Just had to share three of the dishes I have been sinking my teeth into the past month or so. The variety of flavors and dishes that can be put together using summer squash, tomatoes, onions, plus a variety of fresh herbs and a few other ingredients are simply tantalizing to the taste buds!

{Or maybe I should speak for myself and say, my taste buds! I never cease to be SHOCKED when I learn that someone doesn’t like tomatoes or mushrooms or cucumbers or onions or, or?? What does such an one do for taste bud tantalization? Especially in the summer?}

So, first for the summer squash saute . . . no recipe needed . . . it’s just something my mom made a lot during the summer when I was growing up, and we all loved it. Except, we used zucchini because we didn’t/couldn’t? grow summer squash. I use either one or a mixture of both. Saute’ some onion in a nice amount of butter, add the squash, cover with lid to steam til tender. At the last, add chopped tomatoes and a fresh herb such as basil. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese {or a little feta as I did above~no cheddar in the house!} and serve.

{Tomato Cheese Pie}
Second, is a tomato pie, inspired, in a round-about kind of way, by a magazine page that I’ve had pulled out, just waiting to try my hand at it for several years now . . . It was delicious! But there are so many takes on tomato pie {just google “Tomato Cheese Pie” and you will see!} that I think I would try several more before settling on a “favorite”. Also I keep hearing about a restaurant not too far from me who makes tomato pie their specialty, so now I would love to try theirs as well.
So which recipe would you like to try? Like I said, you can find so many recipes online! I patterned my pie after this one,  chopping my tomatoes instead of slicing, mixing my crumbled bacon in with the cheese and mayo, and using fresh basil instead of dried. Next time, I’d pre-bake my crust for ten minutes . . . and maybe take the time to make enough crust for a full top layer instead of my sad-looking strips that I was trying to piece together from the bottom crust leftovers. :)
And third is a dish that’s great as a healthy breakfast or brunch. The idea came from a nutritionist I heard speak several years ago. Never would have thought of this one on my own, but occasionally I get hungry for exactly this!
{Baked Vegetable Breakfast}
You simply chop a variety of seasonal vegetables & herbs, place in a baking dish with a dab or two of butter, sprinkle with salt~I love Herbamare seasoning for this!~and then bake covered at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Crack several eggs into the dish, cover again, and bake til eggs are done to your liking. Let cool a little and then dig in! :) You could add cheese and serve toast with this as well. Delicious!
And that’s all for today. Happy weekend to you, and if you have a favorite, easy-to-put-together dish using bountiful summer harvest, then by all means, let’s hear about it!
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4 Responses to A Tempting Trilogy

  1. Thelma August 6, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    it all looks so good Shelly.
    you really neeed to go to tomato pie cafe. Uh-mazing. so good. I tried making a tomato pie this week too cuz I love it so much, but need to tweek a few things with my recipe to be exactly like the T cafe.They have the cheese mixture as a topping that gets crispy vs. the link you shared w/ a dough on top. My topping was still a little too goopy, too much cheese i think, and the tomatoes were starting to cook down and get soggy…so here's to another try. I want to try that egg dish sometime…interesting.

  2. Kara Stoltzfus August 6, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    girl, hope you're well!
    looks amazingly delicious!

    i should eat that after my 7 mile training run today!

  3. clarita August 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Oh wow, those all look so good! We've been doing that summer squash dish too – just so delicious and easy! I haven't tried basil with it though, that would take it up several levels! :) And I keep hearing/reading about tomato pies but have never tried one. Sounds very interesting, but every one of us loves "pa-NA-toes" as Zoe calls them, so I'm sure it'd be a hit! The breakfast thing… I'd be one that would have to do my eggs separately, since I can't eat them with anything a bit runny. :) But it does sound really good! My mom makes a similar dish but does it in a saute pan with coconut oil. That's really good!

    Your pictures all look like something from a food magazine! Really good shots, Shelly!!

    And… your birthday is coming up!! Anything exciting planned for that? :)

  4. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Your photos are so beautiful Shelly! You have a beautiful family and I'm so glad I found your blog! I will be back!! :) ~Aimee from My Pink Life

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