Some News! & What to Cook This August

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Learn what's in season this month at cookieandkate.com!

August is here. Last month, I promised to let you know about some behind-the-scenes news. Now seems like the time to do it, because I can hardly write about food with so much going on. Food and life are inseparable, you know? Here we go:

1) We are having a baby!

Next month, in fact. We are having a girl and couldn’t be more delighted to meet her soon. She has a name, she just kicked to say hello, and we saw that she is growing hair on her little head during our last ultrasound.

I could write twenty pages about our experience so far, but in short, it has been difficult. We ran into some health complications, we continue to see specialists, and they continue to assure us that the most likely outcome is a healthy baby. We feel incredibly fortunate and hopeful, and send our love to everyone who’s experienced heartache, fear and uncertainty along the journey to parenthood. We know them well.

2) We got a puppy.

That’s right, my husband talked me into getting a puppy while I’m pregnant. Would I recommend it? Well, that really depends on your situation. Clover is a perfectly rambunctious yellow lab. She’s in her awkward adolescent phase right now and learning better manners every day. She tries my patience now, but she will be a great family dog.

I don’t know how we got another food-obsessed pup, but Clover steals kale out of the garden bed and sticks her head into the dishwasher to see what she can scrounge up. Anyone have any tips on how to keep her out of the dishwasher?

3) My brother was in a serious accident.

On the Fourth of July, he was wakeboarding with family and just barely missed his landing. Every critical component within his knee shattered in that moment. Within days, it became clear that his leg from the knee down could not be saved. He spent nearly the entire month in the hospital and is finally home as of last weekend. I drove down to visit him as often as I could.

I shared a bit about this on Instagram and want to thank you deeply for your well wishes. He still has a long recovery ahead, but he is strong and resilient and has the most wonderful wife by his side. If all goes well, he’ll be walking around on a brand new leg by Thanksgiving.

4) Cookie is doing well.

Since her lymphoma diagnosis last fall, she continues to receive chemotherapy every three weeks because she has one stubborn lymph node that won’t go away. The good news is that the chemo works well and doesn’t seem to bother her (it’s much easier on dogs than humans). She’s still her bouncy self and pretends to hate chasing around her new little sister, who has already surpassed her in size.

5) We are redesigning the website.

(And our house, but that’s another story.) Before the baby arrives, I’m determined to get the site in tip-top shape for another decade of fresh recipes! The new website should launch later this month. It’s an improvement upon the current site, not a total departure.

Among other features, you’ll be able to filter recipes more easily so you can find exactly what you want. The home page will share the newest recipes as well as favorites from the archives. I hope you love it!

That’s all for now.

It’s a lot, I know. Despite the silence on the blog last month, I have been developing and photographing recipes for you. I have a delicious stockpile to last us through the end of the year—I’ve never been so far ahead! Now it’s just a race to get them ready to launch before I take off for maternity leave. I want to be fully present with our daughter during her first few months, so I will just have to accept what I can and cannot get done. I feel much better now that you know what’s going on and what to expect.

This month, farmers’ markets are exploding with goodness. Fortunately, much of the produce growing now doesn’t need much cooking, if at all. Now’s the time to savor a ripe peach over the sink (I just did!). You’ll find plenty of seasonal meals below.

Avocado

peach salad recipe with greens

Erin’s Peach & Avocado Green Salad

Gluten free

“I made this salad exactly as written last night and it was good I dreamed about it! We are suffering a severe heat wave in the PNW right now so eating many of your salads! Thanks for sharing.” – Debbie

More avocado recipes »

Berries! Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Strawberries

berry crisp with ice cream

Mixed Berry Crisp (Gluten Free)

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this berry crisp today with blueberries and strawberries and it was so yummy!! It was a big hit and at your insistence we had it with vanilla ice cream!! Everything I’ve made from your recipes has been awesome thanks” – Nicole

More blueberry recipes » (also blackberries, raspberries and strawberries)

Carrots

This mega crunchy salad is super healthy and totally irresistible! Vegan and gluten free. cookieandkate.com

Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad with Quinoa

Gluten free and vegan

“I love this salad! Made it just like the recipe and it turned out great. I even reserved half of the recipe and dressing(separately) for lunches, and it lasted well in the fridge. Thanks for another delicious salad recipe! I feel like this is going to be another go-to :)” – Stacy

More carrot recipes »

Cherries

Cherry Couscous & Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cherry Couscous & Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

See notes for gluten free and vegan suggestions

“Oh how I love how you help me use my produce! I would like to praise the celery in this one–perfect addition of crunch and that “green” flavor. Everything else in it was great, too, but celery so rarely gets praised so I want to give it a shout out.” – Anne

More cherry recipes »

Corn

fresh corn salsa with optional avocado

Fresh Corn Salsa

Gluten free and vegan

“Just happened to get 4 ears of corn and a couple of tomatoes in my CSA share, so I made this and some pico de gallo (also your recipe). Delicious! Plan on making this all through the summer.” – Jeanne

More corn recipes »

Cucumber

Beautiful Greek salad made with wedges of romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, olives and herbs piled on top, and a lemon tahini dressing. Easily vegan. cookieandkate.com

Greek Wedge Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this last night and it was SO good- loved the dressing especially. I skipped the shallot and marinating part because I was short on time and it was fine without. Used fresh tomatoes and cucumber from my deck pots. You give The Mixx a run for their money. Definitely will be making again :)” – Emily

More cucumber recipes »

Eggplant

mediterranean quinoa salad recipe

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables

Gluten free and vegan

“Bright, summery and delicious! My husband ate so much of it that next time I might double the recipe. ;)” – Karen

More eggplant recipes »

Green Beans

The best green bean salad recipe—who knew green beans could be so good?! This healthy side dish is perfect for summertime. cookieandkate.com

Green Bean Salad with Toasted Almonds & Feta

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This was DELICIOUS! Making green beans this way forever, loved the tangy dressing.” – Nicky

More green bean recipes »

Greens

arugula strawberry salad recipe

Colorful Strawberry Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This was delish! I thought it wouldn’t be filling enough for a whole meal, but it was!” – Kathryn

More salad recipes »

Herbs

Creamy Cherry Tomato & Summer Squash Pasta

Creamy Cherry Tomato & Summer Squash Pasta

Vegetarian and tasty

“I’ve been cooking nothing but your recipes for the past few weeks and this one was one of my favorites so far (tied with pickled radishes and your potato salad). It was super tasty and so easy. Will definitely be making it a few more times this summer. Thank you!” – Kayla

More basil recipes » (also cilantro and dill)

Kale

Kale black bean burrito bowls make a delicious, redeeming, vegan dinner that packs well for tomorrow's lunch. cookieandkate.com

Kale, Black Bean and Avocado Burrito Bowl

Gluten free and vegan

“I am an old vegetarian and a new vegan, and have really been enjoying expanding my repertoire with yummy new recipes, but *this* is one of my top two. I made it Sunday and we had it Monday for dinner, and it is so, so good. My omnivore partner said he was “prepared to choke it down,” but he actually loved it, and raved about it all night. This was also my first foray into a raw kale dish (other than smoothies, of course), and I am officially hooked. Thank you so much for this absolutely glorious recipe!” – Julie

More kale recipes »

Mango

Fresh Thai green salad with sweet mango, bell pepper and a spicy peanut dressing! cookieandkate.com

Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing

Gluten free and vegan (see notes)

“Another great recipe! Just the right amount of sweet, heat, and crunch! We live in Cape Coral FL and have been looking for some new mango recipes. The trees are full of ripe mangoes now. Thanks for the recipe!” – Ann

More mango recipes »

Melons

summertime white sangria recipe

Watermelon White Sangria

Gluten free and vegan

“This sangria is the best! I used John DeKuyper & Sons Fleur and it turned out wonderful. Will make this again for sure. Thanks so much for the receipe.” – Kathy

More watermelon recipes » (also cantaloupe and these honeydew margaritas)

Peaches

best bellini recipe

Fresh Bellinis

Gluten free and vegan

“Made these last night for my husband and I after the kids went to bed. My husband isn’t really a fan of sweet drinks, nor wine for that matter, but we both really enjoyed these. Real, whole peaches definitely make the difference between a light, fresh sweetness and that sickly sweet syrup in most standard cocktails.” – Eva

More peach recipes »

Peppers

best breakfast tacos recipe

Favorite Breakfast Tacos

Gluten free

“We just finished eating this as our dinner. It was yummy and I am saving it to make again. It was incredibly easy! My husband said it will make for a great breakfast. Thank you again for a great recipe!” – Erin

More bell pepper recipes » (also jalapeños)

Plums

Balsamic Stone Fruit Sundae

Balsamic Stone Fruit Sundae

Gluten free and vegan if you use vegan ice cream

“I made this for a cooking class I taught and everyone loved it!! Hopefully you get some more readership, because I tell so many of my patients about your blog :)” – Tricia

More plum recipes »

Potatoes

Amazing crispy roasted breakfast potatoes (also called home fries!) - cookieandkate.com

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Gluten-free and vegan

I need you to roast up some potatoes and let me know how this recipe turns out for you!

More potato recipes »

Radishes

fattoush salad recipe

Fattoush Salad with Mint Dressing

Easily vegan

“Absolutely delicious. Light, tasty and easy to make. Made it for 15 as part of a barbecue. Definitely making again. Everyone wanted the recipe. Thank you for sharing.” – Chrissie

More radish recipes »

Summer Squash

This fresh summer recipe features burst cherry tomatoes, cherry tomato and sun-dried tomato pesto, zucchini noodles, and spaghetti! It's light and delicious. cookieandkate.com

Double Tomato Pesto Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“Hi Kate, I’m cutting down on meat, cheese and pasta for health reasons and I’m so happy to have found your site! I had tons of cherry tomatoes from my garden so I just made a double batch of this pesto and it is incredibly delicious! I’ll use on zucchini noodles but am also thinking of putting it on some toasted italian bread for my husband. He’ll love it. Thank you! (ps – looking forward to your cookbook.)” – Alicia

More zucchini recipes » (also yellow squash)

Tomatoes

Simple Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Simple Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Gluten free

“I made these skewers last night for a dinner party and they were beautiful as well as tasty! They were a huge hit and I would definitely make them again!” – Jody

More tomato recipes »

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