Erin-so sorry to hear about your snafu with the fair entry this year. What a bummer! I did not have a slow month because my garden is going nutso now but I don't remember a lot from this month either except that most things involved eggplant as that is what seems to be out of control in the garden at the moment. The few that I do remember:
EXCELLENT: -Summer vegetable gratin-layers of grilled eggplant, summer squash, and peppers with Parmesan, mozzarella, basil, and marinara; then topped with seasoned/sauteed bread crumbs and fresh basil before baking. Simple but absolutely delicious! -Oatmeal Banana Chocolate chip muffins -Black Bean Brownie Bites-Chocolate Covered Katie-surprised the h*ll out of me that I tried these to begin with and then liked them to boot. I usually look at her recipes and say yuck....too many fake things but these were not full of fake stuff. I used almond butter in place of the oil and maple syrup for the sweetener. They were super fudgy/rich/chocolaty and dare I say....good! -Mediterranean Lentil Soup-Jeff Mauro but I made a lot of changes to it as well -Chickpea Noodle Soup with Tahini-Soup Addict??
GOOD: -Graham Muffins-http://katalysthealthblog.com/healthy-smores-muffins/. I omitted marshmallows and use brown sugar. Good but I have better recipes. -Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites/balls-your standard honey, peanut butter, oats, some almond flour, and other healthy stuff rolled into balls with some chocolate chips added for good measure! Tasty little snack that is healthy to boot. -Almond Flour biscotti-Elana's pantry-I flavored with freeze dried raspberries, chocolate chips, almonds and orange zest
TRIED AND TRUE: -Salmon Lasagna-Robert Irvine-I make this every summer when the garden has fresh herbs. This year I used some wild Sockeye salmon I had and I hate to admit it but I like generic Atlantic salmon better. Still a good dish though even with the leaner salmon. -Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant-skinny taste -Spinach artichoke chicken tortellini soup-me -Eggplant Caponata-Cook's Illustrated -Ratatouille-Cook's Ill. -Legume Noodle Soup (Ashe Reshteh)-Y. Ottolenghi
I know there were a lot more eggplant things but I can't remember now. Have a happy and safe holiday Karen