If your garden has gone a little zucchini crazy and has yielded more than you need for bread or fritters, make Zucchini Scones with the squash. With the addition of grated zucchini and Parmesan cheese, the classic English scone gets a savory makeover.
Capture the sweet strawberry sensation in an easy-to-make White Chocolate-Strawberry Pie that will build a reservoir of goodwill instantly. The striking appearance is matched with a luxurious chocolate, creamy filling.
WHITE CHOCOLATE-STRAWBERRY PIE
1 9-inch pie crust, store bought
4 squares white baking chocolate (4 ounces)
3 tablespoons milk
8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 teaspoon apricot preserves
1/2 teaspoon water
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cook pie crust as directed. Cool completely on rack.
In a small bowl, microwave 4 squares of white chocolate and milk uncovered, for about 2 minutes, or until softened and chocolate can be stirred smoothly. Cool to room temperature.
In another bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange peel with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Beat in white chocolate. Fold in whipped cream.
Spread filling in baked shell. Arrange strawberry slices on filling in a concentric circle with points facing outward.
Heat preserves and water; mix well. Brush on top of strawberries.
Refrigerate about 2 hours, or until set.
Makes 8 servings.
_ Adapted from "The Big Book of Pies & Tarts" by Betty Crocker
1 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup pitted, diced peaches
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup yellow pepper, diced
1/2 cup mango, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons jalapeno, finely diced
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cilantro, minced
Tortilla chips for serving
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, peaches, onion, yellow pepper, mango, jalapeno, lemon juice and cilantro. Stir gently. Add salt to taste.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serve with tortilla chips.
Makes 12 servings.
_ Adapted from "Peaches" by Kelly Alexander
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 cup shredded zucchini, water squeezed
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
Using pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together eggs and whipping cream. Add to flour mixture. Squeeze water from zucchini and add to flour mixture. Then add cheese. Stir just until moistened.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until dough is nearly smooth. Divide dough into half.
Pat half of the dough into a 6-inch circle. Cut into 6 wedges. Repeat with the remaining half.
Place wedges 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove scones from baking sheet and serve warm.
Makes 12 scones.
_ "Baking Step By Step" by Better Homes and Gardens
MIXED SUMMER SALAD
1 cup ripe nectarines, diced
1 cup grapes, sliced
1 cup cucumbers, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1/4 cup sweet onion
1 teaspoon cilantro, finely minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt to taste
In a large bowl, gently combine nectarines, grapes, cucumbers, carrots, onion, cilantro and lemon juice. Add salt to taste.
Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
_ Suganthi Subramaniam (mother of Arthi Subramaniam)
4 tablespoons butter, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups 2 percent milk
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste
3/4 cup corn
3/4 cup carrots, finely cut
3/4 cup green greens, finely cut
3 large, firm tomatoes, cut in halves
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Over medium heat, melt butter in a small pan. Then add flour and keep stirring to avoid it from becoming lumpy. Add milk; continue stirring to form a smooth paste.
Season with pepper and salt. Add vegetables and mix well.
Cut tomatoes in half; scoop out pulp. Coat outside of tomatoes with oil. Fill with vegetable mixture.
Top tomatoes with breadcrumbs and cheese. Dot with remaining butter.
Bake tomatoes for 45 minutes, or until well cooked.
_ Suganthi Subramaniam