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Three Market Meals Using Corn, Okra, Melons, And More

Sometimes when I get home from the Saturday farmers market I just want to dive in and start cooking.

watermelon salad with onions and shredded cheese

Photo: Clara Moore

The sweetness of the watermelon, the bite of the onion, the zing of the vinegar, and the mellowness of the white cheddar cheese all blend perfectly for a light summer meal.

Sometimes when I get home from the Saturday Farmers Market I just want to dive in and start cooking. This passion keeps me from using exact measurements or even reading a recipe all the way through! This way of cooking comes with pitfalls but also great spur-of-the-moment culinary victories.

Studying recipes isn’t practical when the winds of inspiration are blowing through your kitchen, so here are some simple guideline recipes. They are designed for the adventurous cook who wants to “just throw something together.” They are easy enough for even the novice to succeed – no measurements, no fancy techniques, just real fast food.

Fresh Veggie Sauté

Corn, Squash, Tomatoes, And Greens cooking in a pan

Photo: Clara Moore

The jewels of summer in one dish! Be sure not to overcook so the corn still has crunch and the greens aren't bitter.

Fresh Veggie Sauté

Ingredients

  • Corn
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Greens

Cooking Directions

  1. Chop everything.
  2. Saute everything but the greens in oil.
  3. Once the corn is bright yellow and the tomatoes are soft, add greens.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

Watermelon Salad

watermelon salad with onions and shredded cheese

Photo: Clara Moore

The sweetness of the watermelon, the bite of the onion, the zing of the vinegar, and the mellowness of the white cheddar cheese all blend perfectly for a light summer meal.

Watermelon Salad

Ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Red onion
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • White cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. De-seed and chop watermelon into big chunks.
  2. Thinly slice onion.
  3. Toss onion and melon with a splash of apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  4. Top with finely grated white cheddar cheese.

Summer Succotash

Corn, Tomatoes, and Okra (Summer Succotash)

Photo: Clara Moore

It is important that the tomatoes get soft and the okra stays crunchy. The textures and flavors are unbeatable.

Summer Succotash

Ingredients

  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Okra

Cooking Directions

  1. Chop everything.
  2. In oil, sauté corn first, then add tomatoes, and then add okra.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Good served hot or cold.

Clara Moore

Clara Moore is a chef from St. Louis finding her way in Seattle, one plate of food at a time. She lives in a cedar cabin in the woods and cooks at home a lot more now than ever before.

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