Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday's Top Ten

Top ten summer vegetables:

10. Tomatillos
Salsa Verde

 9. Zucchini
Zucchini Bread

  8. Eggplant
Eggplant Parmesan

  7. Sugar Snaps
Raw in Salads

  6. Okra
Rolled in Cornmeal and Fried

  5. Peppers
Any Way You Want Them

  4. Cucumbers
From Sliced to Pickled

  3. Corn
Roasted or in a Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

  2. Avocados
Guacamole

And the #1 summer vegetable:

  1. Tomatoes
Sliced, Diced, Fried Green, or Fresh Salsa - can't beat 'em!

33 comments:

Carol Fleisher said...

What a wonderful list! I love summer veggies. Only I can't eat #1 because I'm allergic to them. :( Great post!

Hart Johnson said...

I love the fresh summer stuff, but it sure sounds like you grow better stuff than we do. Michigan has such a short growing season... and I just don't have it in me to start stuff inside.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I just ADORE summer veggies!!
I make salsa verde all the time!

Linda Kage said...

Mmm! You're making me hungry. Okra, squash, corn, raw peas straight from the garden. Sigh, now I remember what's good about summer.

Thanks.

Clarissa Draper said...

Allergic to summer veggies!? Oh, that would suck because I love them so much. Great list.

Joanne said...

When I saw your list, I thought ... Let me pick my favorite. Definitely eggplant, sooo good. No wait, corn on the cob, amazing summer veggie. What? Tomatoes? Fresh from the vines in my backyard? Didn't you do a top ten list on indecision? I think I have to refer back to that one!

LR said...

Oh I like all of those! Am growing eggplant for the first time this year. Curious to see if it'll work out. ;)

Laura Eno said...

I'm very hungry now!

VR Barkowski said...

Mmm, vine ripened tomatoes! Definitely my fave summer veggie, even if it is a technically a fruit. :)

Maryann Miller said...

They are all good. And I agree that tomatoes are number one. We had quite a few about a month ago in our garden, but the plants have since all burned up. I have four tomatoes left.

Carol Kilgore said...

Carol - How horrible! Fresh tomatoes are one of my very favorite things to eat.

Hart - We can usually plant things in February. Eat your heart out :)

Jennifer - Me, too.

Linda - Made myself hungry, too - LOL

Clarissa - Same here. Thanks.

Manzanita said...

I try never to miss the Friday list and see what this Scorpio imagination comes up with. Yumm I love every morsel of a vegetable you mention and have raised most of them except okra. Not a northern veggie. I've tried to raise okra but "no dice."
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Arlee Bird said...

You hit some great ones here and can't much argue tomatoes being #1--the ones from the garden and not from the grocery store.
And anyone who doesn't like fried okra is either not a true southerner or just plain don't know what's really good tastin'. Pass the fried okra please cause it sure is hard to find here in Los Angeles.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Carol Kilgore said...

Joanne - LOL! Me, too.

LR - I'm sure it will. I love how lightweight it is and the sound it makes when you thump it. And the color.

Laura - Me, too. I keep saying that.

VR - I read somewhere just the other day that knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing never to put it in a fruit salad. Wish I'd written that.

Maryann - Ours are long gone. We have been getting some good ones roadside. And sweet Fredericksburg peaches.

Manzanita - My Scorpio imagination is alive and well! You could probably grow okra in a pot with gummy clay soil, a heat lamp on it for 12-14 hours a day, and a dump of water every other afternoon.

Carol Kilgore said...

Arlee - I'll email you some :)

RaShelle said...

Carol - YUM! YUM! YUM! All of them sounds delicious.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

YUM!!! Now I'm hungry.

Carol Kilgore said...

RaShelle - I think so, too.

Elspeth - I'm always hungry.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not too sure about that okra...

Talei said...

OMG. Eggplant, Okra and Avocados - you got 3 of my fav in your list! Hooray! And of course washed down with good vino. * clink clink*

Have a fab weekend! x

notesfromnadir said...

Thanks for the suggestion to have a burrito w/ extra guacamole & salsa for supper!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm with you on 10, 2, and 1. I love okra. Cookied in diced tomatoes is delicious as well. And my local Indian restaurant has a really good okra dish.

Happy summer!

Carol Kilgore said...

Alex - Try it, you'll like it :)

Talei - Absolutely!

Lisa - Guacamole and salsa are great with everything.

Theresa - I like okra and tomatoes cooked together, too. You can also add rice and bacon or chopped ham.

Summer Ross said...

cucumbers are yummy! great top ten!

Carol Kilgore said...

Summer - Thanks.

Janet, said...

Tomatoes would be #1 on my list, too. I don't know what tomatillos are.

Carol Kilgore said...

Janet - I found this link for tomatillos. You'll probably have to copy and paste: http://whatscookingamerica.net/tomatillos.htm

Colette said...

And garlic scapes! Newly discovered for me -- love them!

Elana Johnson said...

Yes! Summer is the best time for eating, by far.

Carol Kilgore said...

Colette - I like them especially chopped in salad.

Elana - Totally agree!

irishoma said...

Yummy list. I was so hoping tomatoes would be number one.
Donna v.

Jayne said...

Ah yes, the best veggies of summer. I'd have them pretty much in that order, too. Definitely the tomato and avocado top all! (In a whole grain pita pocket w/a little mayo. Mmm...) :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Donna - It continues to amaze me that some people don't like them.

Jayne - Or wrapped in a warm tortilla with pico de gallo :)