A Summer of Reds

June 19th

My favorite summer foods are all red: tomatoes, strawberries and watermelon. Yum.

Recipes from yesterday’s post:
Phyllo Tomato Feta Tart
1 package of frozen phyllo dough, thawed
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
3-4 large tomatoes finely sliced, variety of your choice
1/2 cup of feta cheese
1 tablespoon of bay leaves
1 teaspoon of coarse salt

Line a standard size cookie sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Carefully unroll your phyllo dough, taking care to separate the layers. I took 5 layers (or so) at a time and placed them on the cookie sheet. In between each of these sets of 5 layers, I used a pastry brush to coat the top layer with olive oil. Then I spread a fine layer of bread crumbs. Then I added the next 5 layers until the tart was the size I was looking for. Then I very carefully turned back the edges of each side of the tart, creating a lip like a pie crust. I dabbed these edges with more olive oil to hold them securely. Then I added my sliced tomatoes, feta, bay leaves, salt on top. I baked the tart for 10 minutes, turned the pan and then baked it for another 10 minutes. Remove from parchment paper and place on a cutting board or other serving dish. Yummy served cold or warm.

Spicy Cornbread Muffins
2 boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix (or you can use a good standard cornbread recipe)
1/8 cup of cayenne pepper (I like food a touch spicy!)
2 tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Make the cornbread mix as directed, but add cayenne, tomatoes and additional cornmeal. I like my cornbread dense and a bit gritty — hence the extra. If you like it otherwise, omit this. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

What is your favorite summer food?

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24 Responses

  1. Oh, but I love so many! Watermelon-Feta Salad is right up there, as is roasted corn on the cob. I won’t even start on the frozen treats….

  2. Would you believe I’ve never used phyllo dough? It always seems intimidating…

    I am, however, a huge Jiffy fan! That’s some tasty cornbread…

  3. Jiffy Cornbread. Jiffy Pizza Dough. Jiffy Brownie mix. It’s all good.

    The past few weeks the reds for me have been bing cherries. Not exactly eating locally, but oh, they are sooooo good.

  4. I’m definitely going to try the tart soon!

  5. I love cherries and nectarines in the summer. My favorite summer foods are usually light on the palate and light on the gut. I tend to hit the chilled pasta salads and or baby greens with pine nuts, avocado, and olive oil. Anything to keep cool in the blazing California heat. I’m glad your trip went well, I know I owe you a box for Bolivia that was for Mozambique but things were really hectic in May but I promise I’ll get these to you soon!

  6. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and homegrown basil drizzled in basalmic vinegar…this is what I take to every cookout, it seems!

    Also: grilled corn and any kind of grilled seafood!

    I have a book recommendation for you: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I’m reading it now….excellent.

  7. I was hoping you would post that recipe for your tomato tarts. They look so yummy! Our homegrown tomatoes won’t be ready here in Central Oregon until August so I will have this recipe sitting out ready to go when the time comes.

    Also, I’m glad your back and that your trip was wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  8. Thanks for the recipe, Kelli. My favorites right now are raspberries. Not local, but so wonderful.

  9. thanks a ton for the recipe! can’t wait to try it out! i’m with you on the red food! yum!

  10. yum yum! hurry missouri tomatoes!

    my favorite summer treat: pico de gallo and ice cream (not together). tops. all fresh from the dairy farms, from the garden…

  11. There is nothing quite like home grown tomatoes. I started a “salsa garden” and so far the only thing surviving in this heat are the chiles and cilantro.

  12. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll try it (minus the cayenne pepper, not a fav around here). My summer food? All kind of fruits salad, and cold pasta/rice salad.

  13. yum- those recipes look great!
    i do envy your summer weather right now, kelli. we have our fire blazing and thick sweaters on inside. sigh…
    BUT if it were summer, i’d like to be eating couscous salad with olives and feta, pineapple and mangoes for dessert.
    i’d try your tart too!

  14. Hello Kelli…Mmmm that looks appetizing..

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  15. Mmmm, thanks Kelli! That’s some good summer eatin’.

  16. Thank you for posting the recipes, Kelli! My favorite summer foods are boiled peanuts (a southern delicacy), watermelon, and succotash–amongst many others. Starting tomorrow I will get all three when I go home to the beach. The boiled peanuts and succotash are not food items I find here in Tucson although I do make them when I find the fresh ingredients.

  17. Tomatoes, plums and nectarines. I’m going to try both of those recipes. I love things like that for the summer.

  18. Watermelon is my absolute favorite fruit…one of my most favorites foods. I eat about two watermelons a week. In fact, it is lunch time right now…guess what I am having!! lol

  19. that tart sounds so yummy. I’ll have to make it when my tomatoes come up!

  20. homemade strawberry/rhubarb pie, heavy on the rhubarb. mmmmmm….

  21. MMMM…..thanks for the recipes. You can’t hardly beat a tomato/feta/olive oil combo in my book.
    Summer favs are iced lattes, iced tea or my fav: lemon la croix sparkling water over ice with a splash of juice or wine added.
    Foods are anything on the grill, salads and strawberries.

  22. I’m going to make that marinara this weekend. If its good, you’re invited over….