August 11th, 2010

{summer fest recipes} Herbs & Greens Roundup

Polenta Creamed Spinach

Wow. Going away for ten days (then coming home for ten before leaving for another ten away) makes for a hectic month. Not that I’m complaining! Because who would complain about learning that their Hungry Baby loves the water and likes to eat sand (not sandwiches, sand). Or that the Hungry Boy is becoming more and more brave about swimming every day. Or that good friends are even better ones than you imagined. Not me. And so far, these are among the many things I’ve learned and enjoyed this month. These are also the things that have kept me from finding time to develop a new Summer Fest recipe this week.

You’ll forgive me. Right? (Pretty please!)

Instead, I’ve gathered a ‘lil round up of my favorite recipes focused on herbs and greens to go with this week’s Summer Fest theme: herbs, greens and beans.

For those of you who are new to Summer Fest, you can read all about it here. Then, you can get a list of this week’s recipe from the primary hosts here (believe me, it’s worth a peek with dishes like one pot farinata and green beans with balsamic brown butter). Don’t forget to look in the comments of all the Summer Fest posts—that’s where other participants (like me) are leaving their links to more herb, greens and beans goodness.

Now, without further ado, here are hungry links to some of my favorite herb and greens recipes:

  • Tarragon Blackberry Grapefruit Pops: I’ve included these because they have a strong tarragon flavor, which I love. They are also on the tart side. Yum for me, but feel free to adjust both tarragon and sugar to taste.
  • Chard & Mushroom Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce: I actually made these with crepes (hence “cepeladas” in the post title). Totally delicious. But you can make life easier by substituting tortillas.
  • Easy Hand Held Syrian Spinach Pies: I love these and they really are simple to make (a no-cook spinach filling!). They also freeze great and are a good recipe to have on hand for back-to-school.
  • Kale Chips: The ubiquitous kale chips. Everyone’s got a recipe… because they are that good. Why use mine? A splash of cider vinegar takes these to a whole new level.
  • Polenta Creamed Spinach: You’ll find this recipe on fab food site Food52. I submitted it because I’m really proud of how delicious this dish is. It’s a perfect side for a grilled steak dinner that doubles as a main for little eaters not yet enjoying the deliciousness that is a good piece of meat.

There you have it. Summer herbs. Summer greens. Summer Fest.

Enjoy!

8 Responses

  1. This is the BEST round up. I can’t wait to make some of these. I have a vegetarian friend coming in for the weekend so I’m excited to try lots of new veggie-based recipes.

  2. Rosie says:

    The polenta creamed spinach looks divine. Must. Try.

  3. You capture what summer is all about in this post! Watching our children learn and grow while on vacation is a total joy! Thanks for sharing your favorites from Summer Fest with us.

    Here is my recipe for this weeks Summer Fest, I highlighted Basil:
    Grilled Cheese Bruschetta
    http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/08/10/mozzarella-basil-tomato-grilled-cheese-bruschetta/

  4. One Hungry Mama says:

    Maria… it’s true, isn’t it. Tearing up just thinking about it. (I’m SUCH a sap!). Thanks for your recipe. Sounds delicious.
    Rosie and Maris, thanks for the enthusiasm! I hope you like the things you try. Report back!

    xo

  5. Ranjani says:

    ooh, that polenta creamed spinach looks fantastic! I first ate soft polenta in Italy, and now I can’t get enough of it. Thanks!

  6. Nancy says:

    I love that you posted links to other recipes that feature this week’s ingredient choice!! Sounds like you are having fun with your little one – I remember when mine loved to eat sand too!!!

    I am having fun looking around your blog!!!

  7. This looks delicious– and thanks for stopping by my blog to add this to the Summer Fest party! My addition this week was this Wax and Butter Bean Herbed Salad:
    http://www.thewrightrecipes.com/savory/summer-fest-herbs-greens-beans

    Can’t wait to see what you cook up next week for stone fruit!

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