Summer Squash Salad
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Zucchini and Yellow Crookneck Squash
Burrata, Radish, Lemon, Red Chile, Pistachios, Edible Flowers
Sometimes it’s nice to serve a salad sans lettuce. Here, bountiful and seasonal summer squash step in for the ubiquitous mixed lettuces. Fresh and light, the salad is dressed simply with lemon juice and good olive oil.
Thinly sliced radish adds crunch and peppery notes, while cilantro leaves add the herbal character. A ball of burrata makes the salad fabulous with its mozzarella milky, grassy, floral notes and oozy creamy center. A few edible flowers make this salad even more summery.
Summer Squash Salad with Burrata Recipe
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Roasted Sockeye Salmon with Pepita Pesto
Charred Radicchio with Balsamic Vinegar
Roasted Delicata Squash with Honey and Lemon
Sitka Salmon Shares, an Alaskan direct-to-consumer seafood company, paired with Chef Paul Kahan, the two-time James Beard Award winner behind popular Chicagoland restaurants avec, The Publican, and Big Star for a Virtual Cooking Class featuring their wild Alaska sockeye salmon.
Guests received a meal kit for two shipped to their door plus a code to cook virtually alongside Paul, and Culinary Director Perry Hendrix. The cost was $149 plus shipping. There was a generous amount of product in the shipment, enough to feed four, making this a delightful gourmet experience a very reasonable cost per person. And it was especially neat to spend time with one of Chicago’s great gregarious chefs in his own kitchen.
Cooking Class Recipes
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Calabacitas with Hatch Chiles
Grilled Yellow Squash, Roasted Hatch New Mexico Chiles
White Corn, Onion, Oregano, Cumin
Growers say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. They have been roasting up a storm in Hatch, New Mexico. And we are fortunate that our local Bristol Farms carries this fresh crop of Hatch chiles. Unlike other chiles, those grown in Hatch, New Mexico are only available for about 6 weeks each year during the months of August and September, and only as long as the fresh chile supply holds out.
My adaptation of the traditional New Mexico side dish calabacitas comes from my favorite New Mexico blogger, MJ of MJ’s Kitchen. Her Southern and Southwestern dishes are second to none and she is an expert on chiles!
Since we are sadly at the tail end of the Hatch season this year you’ve got to hurry to make calabacitas with fresh Hatch chiles. Luckily Anaheim, New Mexico, poblano chiles or even frozen Hatch chiles can be substituted in this recipe. But try remember to look for Hatch chiles next growing season, their flavor is really extraordinary…
Calabacitas with Hatch Chiles Recipe
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