Sautéed Okra

Here’s an idea for your okra. It’s a recipe offered by Steven Satterfield of Miller Union last summer in a chef demo at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Like most of Satterfield’s recipes, it’s simple and it’s delicious.

Satterfield calls for the tomato to be peeled. You can use a paring knife to peel a tomato, or try his technique if you don’t mind boiling water to do the job: In a small pot or medium sized saucepan, bring some water to a boil. Place the tomato into the boiling water for approximately 60 seconds or until the skin bursts. Remove the tomato immediately and plunge into ice water. Peel the skin off then trim and dice into medium sized pieces.

Okra Stew

And finally, an idea for your okra. It comes from Mark Bittman, also of the New York Times, and he says: “If you like okra, which is in season now, you’ll probably like this recipe for okra stew, because, well, it’s okra. If you hate okra, you’ll also probably like this recipe for okra stew, because the okra practically disappears.”

Squash Tian

I turned last week’s squash into a Mexican casserole layering steamed squash with corn tortillas and a spicy sauce I had made from tomatoes and peppers. (Did you try Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce recipe from last week? It’s genius! I’m a total convert.)

This week I’m going to try this variation on a recipe from Martha Rose Shulman who writes for the New York Times. I think it ran in 2010. Any rice will do, or you can leave out the rice and substitute more breadcrumbs (adding some to the squash mixture and still sprinkling some on the top). You just need the rice or some other starch to help hold the slices together.

Tomato-Mango Chutney

I like this idea from Splendid Table, a chutney of tomatoes and mangoes. There are lots of ideas for fresh chutneys around, almost as many as there are salsa recipes, but it’s been a while since I thought about tomatoes for a fresh chutney. If you look through Indian cookbooks, you can find cooked tomato chutney recipes as well. The folks at Splendid Table offered this idea as an accompaniment to grilled burgers, but I’d love it with any grilled meat or Indian-flavored stir fry. Use all tomatoes if you don’t have fruit on hand.

Melon-and-Mozzarella Salad

I’ve seen lots of variations on the classic tomato caprese salad as people are mixing all kinds of fruit with wonderful fresh mozzarella. Here’s an adaption of one from Southern Living. The original recipe called for a mix of peaches , melons, strawberries and grapes. That was a little too much variety for my taste, but if you have any late summer peaches on hand, they’d be a delicious addition.