This month welcome Sara Bir. Sara Bir is the author of two cookbooks, Tasting Ohio and the IACP award-winning The Fruit Forager’s Companion. She also moderates and replies to your comments here on Simply Recipes. Follow her @sausagetarian.

Depending on where you live, the growing season may still be going strong. All the tomatoes! The squash! The sweet corn! I love summer, I love fresh produce, and I detest winter. So, in these last few moments of summer’s harvest, I double down and pack in as many seasonal crops as I can.

All the farmers at my local farmers market still have tables stocked with eggplant, slightly tough but still lovely green beans, and bushels of tomatoes. I see them and feel like a pet lover at the animal shelter—I want to give all the vegetables a good home!

If you’re in the same boat – or you just want to keep summer rolling as long as possible –…

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