This month’s pacific northwest inspiration smorgasbord includes ideas for eating an abundance of berries and zucchini and seasonal events for Seattle art-lovers and naturalists
Monthly Theme for August
The monthly theme for August 2012 is SURGE. Submit art by August 31!
What’s Happening in August
Art Shows (Seattle)
- Lush Life 4 at Roq La Rue Gallery — Aug 10 – Oct 6
- International Conservation Photography Awards at the Burke Museum — June 30 – Nov 25
- Rootbound: Heaven and Earth 4 at Carkeek Park by CoCA — June 23 – Oct 31
- Commentaries: Artists Respond to the Land at Prographica — July 21 – Sept 1
- Samsara screening at Cinerama — Aug 24
Naturalist and Art Classes / Events
- Adaptation of the Wild: Cascades Carnivores and Our Changing Climate through the North Cascades Institute — Aug 17-19
- Hanson Creek BioBlitz — Aug 24 — help scientists inventory as many species as possible at the park over a twelve hour period
- Bird Photography Workshop with Paul Bannick through the Burke Museum — Aug 24 – 25
- Citizen Science: Pikas and Marmots Alpine Exploration through the North Cascades Institute — Aug 24-26
What’s Tasty in August
Blessed with berries?
- Bake a berry coffee cake.
- Freeze berry ice cubes.
- Serve a fancy parfait with berries and peaches.
- Wrap up berries and whipped cream in crepes.
- Blend blueberries with frozen banana, yogurt, and milk (and a leaf or two of curly kale, destemmed, if you’re feeling adventurous) for a delectable smoothie.
- Bake a blackberry cheesecake torte. Crust: pulse together 1 1/2 c graham crackers, 1/3 c melted unsalted butter, and 1/4 c granulated sugar. Press into 9 inch pie pan. Filling: beat together 8 oz cream cheese and 1/2 c granulated sugar till well blended, then beat in two eggs one at a time. Pour into crust and bake at 300 degrees F for 40 minutes or until the filling’s set. Top with berry topping and bake another 10 minutes. Topping: Combine 2 pints blackberries, rinsed and drained, with 1/2 c granulated sugar and 1/2 t cinnamon and let sit for 10 minutes.
Inundated with zucchini?
- Spiralize or grate zucchini into noodles and mix 50/50 with regular pasta.
- Bake zucchini bran muffins.
- Make grilled squash sandwiches with pesto and melted cheese.
- Make zucchini butter.
- Make ratatouille, or your own variation. I concocted a ratatouille-like dinner by sautéing together: half a red onion and two cloves garlic; two zucchini, quartered and sliced; half an eggplant, cubed; a 16-oz can of diced tomatoes; a glug of vermouth; and fresh chopped basil, plus a dash of dried oregano, thyme, and pepper. I served it over Israeli couscous, with parmesan grated over the top and crusty bread on the side. Leftovers will be going into a wrap!