Pacific Northwest Inspiration: August

I concocted a no-bake variation of ratatouille with zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, and basil.

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)

Naturalist and Art Classes / Events

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!

What to Look at

About Tracy Durnell

Seattle-area graphic designer and SFF writer inspired by the Pacific Northwest, crafting a sustainable and intentional life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *