My 5 Favorite Slice-and-Season No-Cook Summer Meals

Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York City

Last week, I wrote about summer nesting at my house, i.e. huddling in front of the AC while I cook up summer favorites like panzanella. It's been another week of fabulous cooking at Casa Kate, but if it's even imaginable, things have gotten even simpler. Yes, simpler. With so much great produce at the city's greenmarkets, I'm falling ever in love with summer. All you need is salt, pepper, and somewhere to escape the frizz advisory that's sweeping our city!

Growing up, we grew a vibrant vegetable garden in the backyard that always yielded heaps of fresh tomatoes, snap peas, peppers, squash, and the like. Once we even rented a small parcel of land to grow corn, which was the absolute greatest, although every meal involved corn by mid-July. All of this is to say, I'm something of a fresh summer produce addict. I am happy to call a big heirloom tomato sprinkled with salt my lunch, or thinly sliced zucchini with olive oil, salt and pepper a reasonable dinner. Gorgeous, fresh produce is the star of the season, no doubt.

While last year I participated in a wonderful CSA, this year I opted to have more flexibility and not be tied down to a certain pick up day. (I'm sure you can imagine the hilarious looks that "I can't hang out tonight, I have to go pick up my vegetables," received from friends). As a result, I'm getting to know the greenmarkets and weekly opt-in CSAs a little better.

Anyway, as the summer gets hotter and hotter, cooking gets more and more like slicing and seasoning. Here are a few of my favorite summertime dishes on the docket this week:

What extremely simple recipes are you making this week?

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