SummerEnd Pasta

Neighbor with greenest thumb ever brought over sweetest cherry tomatoes. Made a little spaghetti, roasted some zucchini with olive oil, pepper and garlic powder. Put the cooked drained pasta back in the pasta pot, with no water. Turned to medium high heat, and stirred in chunks of the zucchini, the tomatoes and a generous amount of butter. Served with shaved asiago. Simple is best when the garden is still giving us these gems. Thanks, Louise!

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Cod Chowdah

If you like thick creamy chowder, this isn’t it. It’s a light yet hearty savory soup. Serves 4. Peel and cut 3 small potatoes into bite-sized chunks. Finely dice the tender inside end of a small leek, keep half for later. In a large saucepan, cover potatoes and half the diced leek with vegetable or chicken broth, ground black pepper, and bring to boil. Turn to medium heat and cook uncovered until potatoes are cooked through, but still firm.

Add 3/4 lb. cod, and continue to boil until fish flakes. Add kernels of one cooked cob of corn. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove soup to a large bowl. In the same saucepan, brown the remaining diced leek in 1/4 stick butter. Add the soup back into the saucepan and stir. Bring to boil again, then turn off heat. When soup is still hot, but no longer boiling, add 2 cups skim milk. Stir. Serve topped with a little paprika and dried chives.

Any fresh firm white fish or clams can be used as well.