Last weekend we took the whole family to a nearby produce stand. We were craving something that tasted fresh from the garden and since I don't have my own garden, we found this place.
The fields were full of fall-colored flowered. Can't wait for those cooler days to come.
But for now, we are reveling in the height of summer sunshine and produce.
It's easy to go overboard here and buy much more than you can use in the next few days. I don't even like okra but they look so inviting in those cute blue crates.
These tomatoes inspired a caprese salad for lunch: tomato slices cut into quarters, hunks of fresh mozzarella, snipped basil leaves, salt, pepper and drizzles of olive oil and red wine vinegar.
These strawberries wound up being dunked in Silky Chocolate Fondue.
Every girl dreams of doing her shopping with one of these adorable woven baskets, doesn't she?
Even the boys had fun playing in the sand while I took my time in the aisles.
At least one time each summer I have to make my Grandma's old-fashioned stuffed peppers.
Before I cut these beauties open I had to capture their brilliant green colors.
These peppers have just been removed from their boiling bathwater. The steamy spicy smell filled the whole kitchen.
Meanwhile, the filling is bubbling away on the stove top.
They may not look pretty but they sure are delicious!
OLD-FASHIONED STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS
6 green bell peppers
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 16 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheese (we use American)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wash peppers. Cut off tops and remove seeds and membranes.
3. Boil peppers in salted water for five minutes. Drain and sprinkle insides with salt.
4. Brown beef and onion with dashes of salt and pepper .
5. Add tomatoes, rice, water and Worcestershire sauce.
6. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes to cook rice.
7. Stir in shredded cheese until melted.
8. Spray casserole pan with Pam. Place peppers in pan.
9. Fill peppers fully with meat mixture.
10. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.