Remember when I made a fresh and spring-y panzanella and I told you about my sheer and ridiculous-silly love for the classic, summertime version? Well, I’ve got a warm weather one here for you with a couple of  non-traditional (but incredibly delicious) elements like chopped kale, shaved shallots, peaches and my new fave: white balsamic vinegar. Yum-city for real. It’s the salad you make when you wanna win friends. Or just when you wanna win. Period.

If you want to go full-stop classic on this dish, you can check out my no-fussin’ version on Joanna Goddard’s blog this week. I’ve been reading A Cup of Jo for as long as I’ve known that blogs actually exist I think, so when Shoko asked me to contribute a recipe for Joanna’s “The best ________ you’ll ever have” recipe series, I was pretty floored/so excited to expand even more on my love of panzanella. It’s a two-for-one kind of deal today.

As a first-time addition here, my wonderful friend Joe (check out his website!) has made a really fun video and shot the pictures for this recipe too. We had a great time harvesting the goods, cooking it all up outdoors, enjoying a couple of cold beers and whatnot, so I hope you get the sense of that when you watch. My friends TK and Lesley made an ORIGINAL SONG for it too! Guh, heart is super full just thinking about that. You can listen to it again and again on the Make Haste Soundcloud page right here. So grateful to have such talented and kind friends, seriously. Luckiest gal.  When a community of generous creatives comes together, it is the best thing. Super smiles. In addition to that, they produce some pretty stellar individual/other work. You can check out Lesley’s talent on the Bad Passion homepage (also featured on Turntable Kitchen’s April 2012 mix!). TK’s work can be found here: Stone Orchard and on his Bandcamp page.

Happy summer to you all. Make some panzanella and soak up that beautiful sun :)

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summer panzanella with peaches and kale
serves: 6
notes: I opt for white balsamic vinegar because it doesn’t impart a dark colour onto the bread. Feel free to use the darker, regular balsamic vinegar if that’s what you have though. The flavour is quite similar.

croutons:
4-5 cups tore up pieces of bread
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

salad:
1 big shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
4-5 cups chopped tomatoes
2 peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
2 stalks of kale, stemmed and sliced
2 big sprigs of basil, leaves finely sliced (reserve some whole leaves for garnish if you like)
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tore up bread on a large, parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat bread evenly in the oil. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping croutons at the halfway point to promote even browning. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Place the chopped tomatoes, peaches, kale and basil in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil and white balsamic vinegar on top and season the mixture with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Add the cooled croutons and toss once more.

Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes or so so that the bread can soak up the juiciness from all the veggies and fruit. Serve with a big sprig of basil on top if you like.

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  • Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn08/08/2012 - 9:24 am

    Uhhhh…how rad is this video?? Awesome in every way – the recipe, the video, you! And beautiful panzanella (both of them).ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn08/08/2012 - 9:27 am

    Just perfect! Love the recipe + the video + the song + everything about this.ReplyCancel

  • Shanna08/08/2012 - 9:29 am

    Laura.

    I am in total awe.ReplyCancel

  • sarah08/08/2012 - 9:31 am

    Love love love.
    You are wonderful. xoReplyCancel

  • yossy | apt2bbakingco08/08/2012 - 9:36 am

    Laura, you rule! I love how casual and natural you are when you’re cooking and this video really shows that, and an original song?! Super cool. I have been putting peaches in my salads all summer, but haven’t tried them in panzanella. I think I’ll just have to give this a go. Congrats lady!ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae08/08/2012 - 9:37 am

    Loving everything about this, Laura! The video is beautiful – and it’s pretty awesome (!!!) that your friends made an original song for it. Love, love, love. You rule.ReplyCancel

  • The Rose Journals08/08/2012 - 9:55 am

    This is so gorgeous. Love the video — definitely making this soon!

    Much love!ReplyCancel

  • Sofia08/08/2012 - 11:28 am

    I love the video!! And holy panzanella…tomatoes, peaches, and KALE!! 3 of my favourite things. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Margarita08/08/2012 - 11:32 am

    what a lovely video! so natural and so free. the panzanella looks good too! i’ve never had it with peaches before… that’s a great addition!ReplyCancel

  • art and lemons08/08/2012 - 11:49 am

    Fabulous all around!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey08/08/2012 - 11:56 am

    You are infinitely cooler than I could ever hope to be.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey08/08/2012 - 1:59 pm

    I’m pretty much in love. Not only do I want to move to your house immediately, but I’m dying to have this for lunch now. Great job on the video and big, big congrats on the Cup of Jo feature! You must come visit SF soon! xoReplyCancel

  • la domestique08/08/2012 - 2:53 pm

    This is fantastic, Laura. Every bit of it.ReplyCancel

  • Dana @ Minimalist Baker08/08/2012 - 3:04 pm

    Laura, this is absolutely stunning. I must know how you did the video!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney08/08/2012 - 5:09 pm

    If I didn’t already want to make this yummy panzanella based on the gorgeous photos, the video hooked me. Awesome video and recipe!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa // the faux martha08/08/2012 - 7:43 pm

    Guuurrrrrllll! This is awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at The Holy Kale08/08/2012 - 8:24 pm

    I am SOOO Gitty!!! I cannot believe I have not been here before, nor seen any of your beautiful videos! Honestly, can I have your life? Being city-bound, there is nothing, absolutely nothing more appealing than picking your own fruit, pulling up your own vegetables…. and KALE, and then making it into this wonderful, delicious Salad!!! Yay :) I have a big family event next week, and this is perfect! Thank you, Your New Biggest Fan! big hugs for my fellow kale lover.ReplyCancel

  • Libby with Lemony Thyme08/08/2012 - 10:08 pm

    Your video made my day!!! Love.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea @ LetLooseLittell08/08/2012 - 10:37 pm

    The video + the music + the harvesting + summer = L.O.V.E. Seriously.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah09/08/2012 - 12:23 am

    love it! the song is an instant summer classic (it somehow already has the feel of memory to me, like it is familiar … love it). and the energy that comes through the screen, of friends collaborating and the pure joy of a summer meal together, is as delicious as the panzanella looks. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Thanks for sharing – and thanks to your talented collaborators as well.ReplyCancel

  • Zita09/08/2012 - 5:38 am

    The first photo looks mouthwatering… big time! I’d eat this for lunch! The video is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • colleen09/08/2012 - 10:28 am

    Laura,
    Great video, great music and wonderful recipe! We loved it.ReplyCancel

  • Allywan10/08/2012 - 8:01 am

    I love everything about this post.ReplyCancel

  • Shoko10/08/2012 - 9:37 am

    Love the video, and love the recipe! Thank you again for being a part of the series!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kris10/08/2012 - 2:59 pm

    I love everything about this!! Such a wicked video! I’ve been wanting to make one myself & this is so inspiring. I also cannot wait to make this when I get home from my travels!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne14/08/2012 - 9:39 am

    I love everything about this video, Laura! Nice job! Now you have me craving some panzanella for lunch :)ReplyCancel

  • Elenore Bendel Zahn15/08/2012 - 5:31 am

    Eeehhhhh, AMAZING! Can I please eat both, you, your garden, the panzanella and well, everything about this post!

    Marvelous work, all of you!

    Greenylicious LOVEReplyCancel

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  • Matt20/08/2012 - 3:12 am

    Just made this recipe this weekend with my family and it was delicious. Perfect late summer recipe. And great for here in Southern California where it’ll stay hot for quite awhile longer.ReplyCancel

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  • Nick @ Veggie Meal-Maker21/08/2012 - 7:02 pm

    This looks amazing! (Bummed I couldn’t get the video to load!)ReplyCancel

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  • Kalisha Bowry23/08/2012 - 1:04 pm

    Made this yesterday and I was the super star at my book club. REALLY GOOD!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Zee28/10/2012 - 6:39 pm

    I love this salad! I made it once during the summer and I’ve modified it for fall by adding pears and apples instead of the peaches.ReplyCancel

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    Just found this post…love the vid!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie De Meester24/09/2015 - 7:55 am

    I make this so often. Made it last this July in Venice with peaches and tomatoes from the Rialto Market. It’s a crowdpleaserReplyCancel

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I’m going to be straight with you guys: I made up a big batch of this raw and luscious raspberry chia pudding so that I could eat it for breakfast. It’s perfectly sweet, pretty pink, warm with vanilla, mega-rich with almonds and coconut oil… and crazy good for you. Its cool luxury feels a bit wrong at 8 am, but it is the most right thing ever. Yum.

I’ve been over the moon for chia seeds for a while. For such a small, unassuming little thing, there’s a ton of power bundled up within. Lots of hydration potential (it can absorb up to 9 times its weight in water!), more Omega-3s than flax seeds (without the strong taste), tons of fiber, complete protein (4 grams per ounce), and antioxidants to boot (a gazillion year shelf-life, seriously). They shine in plenty of applications (in a glass of water with lemon or lime, on top of salads, stirred into yogurt, mixed with granola, sprinkled in a smoothie, as a binding agent for egg-free baking etc) and they add so much.

The hydration/satisfaction aspect is what gets me the most. If I remember to work them into my breakfast, my tendency for mid-morning and late afternoon snacking vanishes without a thought because they ramp up the satiety factor with all of that gelling/water absorption action. It’s a handy little dietary addition in the warm months when staying hydrated is more urgent. My skin leans toward dryness all year, but it’s noticeably more supple and just generally super lovely feeling if  I’m making the effort to eat a good spoonful of these seeds a day. Actually. One tiny change = huge effect in the long view. Just amazing, that’s all I can say.

This lovely and nourishing pudding is my latest contribution for the Toronto Vegetarian Association‘s monthly newsletter, so you’re welcome to check it on their website if you like (or sign up for the fantastic eLifelines newsletter if you live around the GTA and want to be in the know). It’s so fun to see the little seeds soak up what is essentially a sweetened raspberry almond milk made super luxe with coconut oil and vanilla. They’re like super orbs of pink richness all lined up in a pretty glass. Did I mention it’s an amazing post-workout food? If you like to nerd out on nutrition facts like me, you can peep the accompanying write-up here. It’s officially the summer of chia seed power, friends.

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raw raspberry and vanilla chia seed pudding
lightly adapted from Coconut & Quinoa
serves: makes 5-6 cups (a whole lot)
notes: As stated above, I love eating this for breakfast with lots of fresh fruit. Stir a handful of oats in there and you’ve got yourself a fairly hearty morning meal. Also, this pudding evokes that slippery tapioca-ish quality that is either love or hate. Just keep that in mind :)

1 cup raw almonds, soaked at least 5 hours
4 cups filtered water
2 cups fresh raspberries (or thawed, frozen ones)
½ cup raw agave nectar, maple syrup, raw honey etc.
2 tbsp soft extra virgin coconut oil
1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
½ cup chia seeds (white or black)

Combine the soaked almonds, 4 cups of water, raspberries, agave nectar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt in a blender pitcher. Blend mixture on medium-high speed for 1 minute, until liquified.

Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve (or nut milk bag if you have one) into a medium-large bowl. At this point you will have a sweet, rich, raspberry flavoured almond milk essentially.

Place the chia seeds into another large bowl. Pour the raspberry almond milk on top slowly. Whisk vigorously to combine and prevent clumping of the chia seeds.

Allow the mixture to sit for a good hour so that the chia seeds can do their thing and thicken up the mixture to a pudding consistency. I find the taste and texture is truly bang-on after an overnight soak in the fridge. Whisk it up here and there to further prevent clumping of the seeds.

Serve pudding with fresh raspberries, shredded coconut, chopped almonds, cacao nibs or anything else you like on top. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge.

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  • Kathryn01/08/2012 - 8:39 am

    What a perfect breakfast! I do like something sweet in the morning and this looks like it would satisfy that craving whilst still getting my day off to a good start. So pretty too!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn01/08/2012 - 10:11 am

    My husband has a newfound obsession with chia seeds – he eats them every morning in oatmeal. While he hasn’t been successful in getting me on board with them, I think this pudding just was.ReplyCancel

  • Wholesome Hedonist01/08/2012 - 11:06 am

    I seriously JUST tweeted that I needed to find a good chia pudding recipe, as the one i tried was a tasteless, gelationous mess. Truth be told, I didn’t think it was possible. And then here I find it! Can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Becky01/08/2012 - 12:57 pm

    This sounds and looks delicious. I’m wondering – could I leave out the coconut oil and perhaps substitute coconut milk? or something else besides oil? thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Laura01/08/2012 - 1:56 pm

      Hi Becky! You could leave it out completely if you like. I only add it because I love the richness and light coconut flavour that it imparts. Would be totally fine without it though :)
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  • Eileen01/08/2012 - 2:23 pm

    Hey, there’s nothing wrong with pudding for breakfast–especially when it’s crammed full of fruit and grains! I haven’t worked with chia seeds yet, but I keep hearing about how great they are…I should probably give them a try, huh?ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey02/08/2012 - 1:30 pm

    LOVE chia pudding. I’m all over the texture but it gives Shaun the shivers… more for me. And hey, look at that smile! I feel like I say this all the time, but you are just beautiful! Happy women are the most beautiful women.ReplyCancel

  • sara02/08/2012 - 8:15 pm

    I’m a tough sell on texture, but it may be overlooked for that great nutritional info! Thanks for the tips, this looks great, Laura.ReplyCancel

  • sarah02/08/2012 - 11:22 pm

    Lovely. Really, every post your photos are more and more gorgeous.
    And it’s nice to see you! You’re a cutie. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kris03/08/2012 - 2:51 pm

    You’ve highlighted their nutritional bang so well! It is amazing to me, even as someone who wholeheartedly believes in diet as a basis for disease prevention and cure (blah, blah, boring, I know-but it’s true!), how much diet has an impact on our overall well-being. I’m studying Naturopathic medicine and I am floored a regular basis by the way that food affects people’s health and day-to-day wellness. Chia is so good for you and you don’t even need the nutritional info to know that. You’re obviously seeing the benefits first hand–the best way!!

    PS. Love the picture. You have a fantastic smile.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah03/08/2012 - 11:29 pm

    Hi Laura – first of all, that comment about your smile is spot on. Beautiful! Second, this pudding rocks. We have been eating chia seeds in our tortillas, breads, and other baked goods for about a year now – so easy to add a spoonful or two, and so healthy. I have never tried one of the many ‘pudding’ recipes until now though — they always seemed a little rubbery and/or scary looking. But this one! I love the way the chia seeds fluff up pink. Also, I used store-bought almond milk, for what it’s worth. Surely less amazing, but I didn’t feel like I could handle straining anything after the day I had with my kiddos ;)ReplyCancel

  • Basil04/08/2012 - 6:34 am

    This looks so simple, and so healthy! I tried chia pudding once before, and didn’t like it too much. I’ve been wanting to give it another go, though. And the addition of oats sounds great, too.ReplyCancel

  • Y05/08/2012 - 8:03 am

    Love the pictures! I’ve tried chia puddings before and wasn’t terribly convinced by the result, but I’m definitely bookmarking this to try.ReplyCancel

  • Smash10/08/2012 - 12:01 pm

    Incredible photographs!ReplyCancel

  • thefoodbucketlist15/08/2012 - 6:37 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing and delicious. It’s healthy too! Thanks for the recipe–will definitely try it. :DReplyCancel

  • Jessica19/08/2012 - 4:15 pm

    Mmm! Chia seeds are the best thing since sliced bread. I am so excited to try this recipe! thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea06/09/2012 - 11:12 am

    I only have ground chia seeds at home. Would it be okay to use them instead of whole ones?ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/09/2012 - 4:24 pm

      Hi Andrea,

      The ground chia seeds would certainly thicken up the mix, but the texture will be totally different than if you used whole seeds. It might resemble more of a thick porridge. Let me know how it goes if you try it out.
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  • Sara Jean04/03/2013 - 12:55 am

    I’m super excited to try this recipe. I’ve been looking for a yummy way to incorporate chia seeds into my diet. If I just use store bought almond milk, how many cups should I use?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright04/03/2013 - 4:16 pm

      Hi Sara! I would use 4 cups of almond milk! If you find it’s getting too thick for your liking, you can always add more :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Cassy23/03/2013 - 2:59 am

    I’ve just found your website searching for some raw recipes and I love it. Your photos are gorgeous; I could just keep scrolling through to look at them all!ReplyCancel

  • Daria13/04/2013 - 10:16 pm

    This looks really good! I normally have some chocolate chia pudding as a second breakfast (almond milk, chia, raw cacao powder, cacao nibs, nuts, figs and sea salt, topped with some fresh berries).
    I have a question regarding your recipe: since you blend nuts with all other stuff, what would you do with the pulp? I dehydrate and grind it into an almond meal, but not sure about doing it in this caseReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright15/04/2013 - 8:36 am

      Hey Daria! You could definitely blend the almond milk pre-raspberries, vanilla etc (so just the almonds + water) so that you could strain out and use the pulp. Then just blend the strained milk with all of the flavour elements afterward and carry on with the recipe as you like :) Also, your second breakfast with chocolate chia pudding and all the goodies sounds AMAZING!
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  • Talara20/04/2013 - 1:32 am

    This recipe is absolutely wonderful, I make a big batch at least once a week though have found I reduce the amount of water to 3 1/2 cups, otherwise the pudding does not set to the right consistency. As I don’t have access to coconut oil I sprinkle desiccated coconut on top with fresh blueberries and gluten free muesli, so yummy!! Thank you for this recipe :)ReplyCancel

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  • HL02/05/2013 - 1:51 am

    this looks absolutely amazing! cannot wait to make this! just one question, how long is its shelf life?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright02/05/2013 - 7:32 am

      Hi HL, since fresh raspberries are involved I wouldn’t go longer than 4 days with it in the fridge.
      -LReplyCancel

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    I <3 you for this.ReplyCancel

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  • Anne05/08/2013 - 9:10 pm

    Hi-
    This looks great! I’m wondering if a blender is totally key, here–or if it might be possible wt a food processor?
    Thanks!
    AnneReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright06/08/2013 - 8:26 am

      Hey Anne,
      I use the blender because it helps to create a raspberry and almond milk of sorts to mix with the chia.If you’re using a food processor, you may have to run the motor longer to get it to a full liquid consistency. Most definitely use a fine strainer for the liquid before adding the chia seeds to it! Hope that helps :)
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    I stumbled upon your site today…it’s WONDERFUL! I’m wondering if I can substitute coconut milk for the almond milk to make the pudding. I’m currently doing a cleanse and almond milk is discouraged.ReplyCancel

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    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I heard how beneficial chia seeds are but didn’t know exactly what to do with them. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Graffiti Grammarian27/10/2015 - 8:24 am

    So I made this last night, but when I pulled it out of the fridge this morning, it hadn’t thickened up as much as I’d hoped.

    It’s yummy for sure, but a little runny. Here are all the reasons I can think of for that — are any of them the likely cause?

    1) The chia was old. It had had been sitting in a bag on top of my fridge for months, maybe…a year? A long time, anyhow. Does it become less chia-like over time?

    2) I didn’t strain the liquid after blending it. I used a VitaMix and it got really good and blended, and it was late, so I just skipped the straining part. I can see there might be super-tiny little bits of almond still in it — would that make a difference to the thickening?

    3) I used waaaay less sweetener, because I never like things as sweet as recipes call for them to be. I used slightly more than a quarter-cup of honey, instead of a half a cup.

    Do you think any (all?) of these things might’ve made a difference in how thick it got? I ask because I would like to make this again — it’s yummy and I need something like this in my rotation (I have food sensitivities and can’t eat the same thing all the time.)

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    • Laura28/10/2015 - 7:41 am

      Hey! Thanks for sending this feedback. I’m so sorry it didn’t thicken up properly! I find the “gelling” ability of chia seeds can vary quite a bit. If your chia seeds were old, this seems like the most likely cause. Choosing to not strain or use less sweetener definitely wouldn’t affect the viscosity–if anything, those choices would have made the pudding thicker. Anyway, I hope this note helps a bit and I hope that you try this one again!
      -LReplyCancel

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Our tomato plants are getting bigger. We’re enjoying that iconic taste of summer more often now with a bit of salt, on sandwiches, salads, in any old place they fit. The glut of them is coming on, I can sense it.

They started as images and descriptions in a seed catalogue that we would flip through on grey winter days, something to look forward to, images of sunshine and ripeness. The seeds arrived, they were planted in March under a careful lighting rig. Little sprouts shooting up beside popsicle sticks bearing their names. They got bigger. The pots would be taken outside for a day of sunshine and lovingly brought into the garage for the still cool early spring nights. Regular mildness found these plants in the ground quickly. Watering, staking, weeding, care, diligence and waiting. Now baskets of little blushing tomatoes sit on the counter every day.

This image of slow and careful gardening is sunny and idyllic, I know. The purpose and message of this post is a touch more harsh though, it is less about the recipe and the life story and more about awareness and action.

It is certainly true that not all tomatoes arrive to the table by the same chain of transit. Shocking abuses of human rights and repeat incidents of outright slavery are prevalent in the supply chain of American supermarket tomatoes (and many other crops to be sure). “The sweat shops of the soil” is a comparison that has been made since the 1960’s. Men, women and children who harvest crops for the best-fed nation on earth earn barely enough to feed themselves and are forced to work, in some cases against their will. From seed to plate, over several years, these conditions endure in order to supply major supermarkets.

This CBS special titled “Harvest of Shame,” a revisitation of a revolutionary documentary from 1960, is particularly illuminating in terms of the struggle of migrant workers in the United States. When Nicole of The Giving Table/Eat This Poem contacted me about offering a post to raise awareness on the plight of agricultural workers in America, I couldn’t refuse the opportunity. There are so many positive and simple courses of action to follow this up with.

I always say this with food and purchases in general, but in terms of whatever ideology you want to see prevail, you must vote with your dollars. That is a course of action that is tangible and real, your purchase is your voice. A farmer’s market or CSA (or garden-grown) tomato should be your first choice, if accessible. It is a direct link to a responsible grower in your community. There are no questions or mystery in terms of that product’s fairness. If you can, choose these options above all for your tomato purchases.

Are major supermarkets your only source for fresh produce? Are you unsure on the source of their tomatoes? There’s a simple way to find out. Ask them. Don’t get the answer you want? Ask the CEO of that supermarket chain to join the Fair Food Program by clicking here (it’s so easy). Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have already done this (buy your tomatoes there if there’s one in your area). By asking them to agree to a 1.5 cents increase per pound for fair tomatoes, you can support the abolishment of slavery, child labor and sexual harassment on Florida’s tomato farms. For more information on how you can get involved, check this page from the International Justice Mission’s Recipe For Change Summer 2012 campaign. Pressure from consumers, their dollars and cents, can sway this in a positive direction. The call to action here is so simple for a result that could be truly great.

There’s plenty of bloggers joining in the fight. For a thorough list and more fantastic tomato recipes, check The Giving Table’s page.

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grilled vegetables with roasted tomato & chili vinaigrette
dressing adapted from The Candle Cafe Cookbook by Joy Pierson and Bart Potenza
serves: makes 3ish cups of dressing
notes: I add chilies and smoked paprika here to make it lively, but feel free to go in whatever direction you like. Maybe extra garlic or different herbs? Up to you. Also, chopping up all of the grilled vegetables and mixing them up with the dressing, herbs and pine nuts makes a fantastic chopped salad.

vinaigrette:
1.5 cups grape/cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small chili, seeded and halved (I used a cherry hot pepper)
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp Spanish smoked paprika
handful of basil leaves
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
salt and pepper

vegetables (what I used):
3 stalks of kale
1 bunch green onions
2 bell peppers, stems and seeds removed
1 zucchini, cut into wedges
2 ears of corn, husks removed
1 skewer full of grape tomatoes
grapeseed oil for drizzling
salt and pepper

to serve:
2 sprigs of basil, leaves finely sliced
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted if you like

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

On a large baking sheet, combine the halved tomatoes, chili and garlic cloves. Drizzle 2 tbsp of the oil on top and sprinkle with chopped thyme, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Toss everything together until vegetables all have a thin coating of oil.

Roast until vegetables are tender and slightly darkened, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Place cooled roasted vegetables in the pitcher of a blender. To this, add the red wine vinegar and a bit more salt and pepper. Blend on medium-high speed until liquified. With the motor on low, remove the little top opening on the blender lid and slowly drizzle in the oil as the blender continues to mix. Once you’ve added all the oil and you have a smooth homogenous mixture, turn the motor off and remove the pitcher from the base. Taste the vinaigrette for seasoning, adjust, and set aside.

Preheat your grill to high. Drizzle the vegetables with the grapeseed oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss them around to make sure most surfaces are coated in the oil.

Place vegetables on the grill, starting with the peppers, zucchini and corn cobs.  Grill until char marks appear and the vegetables become slightly tender. In the last minute of grilling these vegetables, place the kale, green onions and tomato skewer on the grill, flipping often to promote quick and even browning. Remove when kale is slightly wilted and charred. The skin on the tomatoes should blister and peel back.

To serve: place grilled vegetables on a serving dish. Drizzle with the roasted tomato vinaigrette and top with the basil and pine nuts.

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  • Kathryn24/07/2012 - 9:42 am

    You and all the other bloggers who are taking part in this campaign are doing such a wonderful thing and I’m hopeful that it will lead to real change. A delicious sounding recipe too, love that spicy vinaigrette.ReplyCancel

  • sarah24/07/2012 - 11:06 am

    Beautiful, as always. So glad to see you taking part!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn24/07/2012 - 11:42 am

    This recipe is summer on a plate! Thanks for sharing the CBS video, can’t wait to check it out.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae24/07/2012 - 12:35 pm

    You are blowing my mind with this recipe, Laura. Such a beautiful assortment of vegetables – and the vinaigrette sounds delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah24/07/2012 - 3:03 pm

    Amen sister! Beautiful recipe, beautiful photos, thoughtful and careful explanation of the farmworkers situation. Everyone who eats in the western world should watch Harvest of Shame. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole @The Giving Table24/07/2012 - 4:46 pm

    Love that the corn is just dripping with tomatoes! Gorgeous recipe, and a thoughtful post. Thanks so much for being part of the movement today.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A.24/07/2012 - 8:06 pm

    The prettiest tomato recipe I’ve seen all day!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey25/07/2012 - 1:12 pm

    Its so inspiring to see these posts from my some of my favorite food bloggers. I wish I would have been able to get my act together in time after my vacation to take a stand with you all. It’s incredible that these things still happen and it’s inspiring to see my ‘colleagues’ coming together to fight back.ReplyCancel

  • Libby with Lemony Thyme25/07/2012 - 3:34 pm

    Naturally Ella’s post of the slave-free tomato movement brought me to your site. Lovely! I will visit often.ReplyCancel

  • raechel25/07/2012 - 5:54 pm

    So important, thank you for posting this. I spent my entire time in undergrad helping organize local boycotts in alliance with the Immokalee Farmers, and am happy to say there were some victories along the way! (But not enough!)ReplyCancel

  • la domestique26/07/2012 - 1:59 pm

    I love the flavor of smoked paprika and this recipe truly looks like a celebration of the bounty of summer. You’re so right about voting with our dollars. Companies want to make money, and if we all stand up together and refuse to buy their slave picked tomatoes, it will change lives.ReplyCancel

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I spent last weekend in Boston + area for a wedding in Mark’s family (and some general exploring). We were driving into a completely charming small town for the ceremony and I caught myself settling into a familiar thought process. Whenever we travel, on day trips, weekends, whatever, I always slip into the “I could definitely live here” mode. Everywhere we go, it just happens. I get all the little ducks in a row in my mind and imagine the possible benefits and drawbacks. I could probably get a job, it’s near the coast-this is important for like, swimming and stuff, I would need to obtain citizenship somehow…eeenh I’m sure that’s super easy, they have a Trader Joe’s and a Whole Foods IN THE SAME PLAZA!?!! etc.

This tendency points to a few things. I’m generally comfortable wherever I go, slipping into adaptation mode. I don’t seem to get the itch to go back home ever. I do love my town and my family and everyone here, certainly. But I would be perfectly happy to set up a cozy nest and start something new just about anywhere, for however long. Call it unsettled, call it adventurous or irresponsible; doesn’t matter.  I used to think it was too late to entertain this sort of mindset, but lately I just want to drop everything and go everywhere all at the same time. And it feels possible. So possible.

I do love Niagara in the summer. The air is temperate, the local abundance is ripe, plenty of exciting goings-on, the frequency of cold wine and beers outdoors is envigorating, smiling faces everywhere… but I’ve been imagining even greater things. Travel, projects, adventures, getting it done! It feels good.

What feels equally good? A cozy, luxurious and healthy breakfast at home with all of my favourite things. Grainy, seedy sourdough bread soaked in a fresh blueberry and almond batter that’s spiked with orange juice and warm vanilla. Oh and maple syrup, juicy peaches and tart yogurt all on top. Whoa. It’s enough to make me want to stay at home forever (and ever).

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blueberry + almond buttered french toast with peaches
serves: 4
special equipment: a blender/food processor
notes: Have everything ready before you make the batter to dip the bread in. If you let the blueberry mixture sit, it begins to separate a bit. Be ready to dip right after you blend!

batter:
1 cup almond milk (not sweetened)
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp flax seeds
juice from half an orange (or a couple tablespoons)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup fresh blueberries (or thawed frozen ones)

for toast:
12 thick slices of good, grainy bread (preferably a day old)
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
evaporated cane juice (natural sugar) for sprinkling

to serve:
maple syrup
3 ripe peaches, sliced
extra blueberries
chopped almonds
yogurt of your favourite persuasion (coconut milk, soy, goat milk, cow etc)

Start preheating a large nonstick skillet (or cast iron) to medium.

Combine all batter ingredients in a blender pitcher. Blend on medium-high speed until completely liquified, about 1 minute. Pour batter into a medium-sized, shallow dish.

Place coconut oil into the heated pan and swirl it around to melt. If the pan seems to hot, keep it off the heat for a minute or two while you soak the bread. Start to soak slices of bread in blueberry batter. Scrape off excess and place in the pan with the melted coconut oil. Sprinkle a little evaporated cane juice on top of the bread in the pan (the non-cooked side) to promote caramelization when you flip. Cook until slightly browned, about a 1.5 minutes, and flip over. Cook for another minute and remove from the pan.

Wipe the pan out with a bit of paper towel and repeat cooking process with remaining bread and batter.

Serve warm with maple syrup, peaches, blueberries, yogurt and nuts.

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  • Kathryn20/07/2012 - 2:55 pm

    Ha, I’m completely the reverse! Whenever I go to places that aren’t where I live, I always wonder how anyone can live there and I’m so grateful to return home to my city! What we can definitely agree on though is this french toast. Love that wonderful blueberry and almond batter and all the deliciousness that you’ve topped it with.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine20/07/2012 - 2:55 pm

    Now this is a non-egg french toast I can get behind! It would make me want to stay home too :).ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae20/07/2012 - 2:56 pm

    Unsettled and adventurous? Yes. But irresponsible? I think not. In my opinion, living by the seat of your pants is the best way to experience life. We’re young – we have the right to be wild and spontaneous and sop up all the good this big, beautiful world has to offer. Just last week I tried convincing my boyfriend to drop everything and move to Iceland. Now THAT is irresponsible.. yet somewhat adventurous, I like to think ;)

    And if I lived closer I’d beg you to invite me over for breakfast. This looks delicious, woman! Love your striped kicks, too.ReplyCancel

  • Roberta @ Fish, chips & gelato20/07/2012 - 3:13 pm

    I only had my first french toast experience less than a month ago. I can’t believe I’ve let 25 years of my life pass by without it! Making a batter with fruit seems like a brilliant idea. I have some blackcurrants that, I think, would make a good french toast… Must give it a go! Thanks for the recipe, really inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Shanna20/07/2012 - 3:16 pm

    Yum. Can I just say that I used to be EXACTLY like that with new cities? Boston, Denver, Seattle, Nashville. Everywhere I went, I was like, I could live here. Only since moving to Nashville, like actually relocating away from my whole growing-up life, have I felt different and kind of wished I could be back in Chicago. Anyway, that’s just to say I so know what you mean, even though now I feel different, ha! Not sure what that means…

    Also, this recipe looks so good, I really wish I could just eat it right now!ReplyCancel

  • Nico20/07/2012 - 4:23 pm

    I love this beautiful blue batter and how it stains the toast. Really gorgeous.

    I used to have that wanderlust too … I feel at home in Portland, OR now, but maybe I will get that feeling again the next time I travel.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel20/07/2012 - 11:42 pm

    Now that is some purple toast! I never would have thought to blend berries into french toast dip but it makes so much sense. I am happy to have a new use for my berries and my blender!ReplyCancel

  • Erica21/07/2012 - 9:58 am

    Ohhh I have yet to try an eggless french toast! And I love the purple hue of this batter! I pinned this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Kira21/07/2012 - 12:28 pm

    I love your creativity in the kitchen. Seriously, it’s killin’ me. And I’m making these tomorrow morning, can’t wait :)ReplyCancel

  • Helene @ French Foodie Baby21/07/2012 - 9:39 pm

    This looks absolutely scrumptious, gorgeous colors and summer fruits. Maybe I’ll have breakfast for dinner tonight :-)ReplyCancel

  • Becs @ Lay the table22/07/2012 - 2:29 pm

    I definitely do the same as you and think “oh wouldn’t it be lovely to live here…” and then I think of the reality of actually have to work rather than have all the time and realise it wouldn’t be as fun!

    This french toast could be eaten anywhere though right?! It just looks so delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah22/07/2012 - 3:38 pm

    Just arrived back from an adventure, and found this perfect looking ‘home’ recipe. I think I could possibly eat the batter alone – such a glorious color! If it is eggless, is it still technically french toast? Not that it matters, just curious :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryne22/07/2012 - 10:45 pm

    Purple bread, Laura! You made bread purple! Ahhh! This French toast would be a major treat no matter where I found it.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey23/07/2012 - 10:36 am

    I find adventurous, care-free, moveable folk the most irresistible of all. :) pretty toast!ReplyCancel

  • Kaleigh04/08/2012 - 6:35 pm

    There’s a Trader Joe’s opening right across the street from Whole Foods in Plano too, weird! But no complaints :D

    Beautiful pics by the way!ReplyCancel

  • Y05/08/2012 - 8:05 am

    The batter for this looks amazing. Yet another item bookmarked! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Sol10/08/2013 - 10:46 am

    This tastes awesome! I love to make pancakes on my weekends but decided to give it a try to the blueberry french toast and I still can’t believe how good they are!
    And vegan, thanks!ReplyCancel

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    Trying vegan out this year. I’ve made three of your recipes and haven’t been disappointed once! These french toast were delicious! Naturally sweet with a hint of orange. French toast crunching on the outside and soft on the inside. You’re making being vegan almost too easy!ReplyCancel

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These healthy tacos with fresh sweet corn, juicy peaches and basil are a culmination of many thoughts of dreamy summer meals simmering away over time. My love of juicy fruit in savory dishes is pretty obvious at this point and tacos are the perfect outdoor-dwelling-with-a-cool-drink-in-the-other-hand-kinda food (my heart is devoted to those foods). They also came about because of two pretty specific reasons: the first was a nugget of professional kitchen guidance and the second was spite (not joking).

On the first one–that kitchen wisdom. It started with me completely over-thinking something and ended with the simplest, most calm and matter-of-fact answer (i.e. it mirrored my entire adult life). We had a daily feature at the restaurant that included succotash as a component of the plate. So I ask one of our chefs, perfect sentence structure intact obviously, “What like, definitively makes a succotash like… a succotash? You know?” I followed this with a flippy, fingers stretched, rotating hand gesture that, ahem, very clearly emphasized my query. The answer: “Just whatever vegetables we’re trying to use up. All together.” Sure, you can get technical, but that little shred of simplicity was all I needed to get the wheels turning.

The second inspiration for this truly came out of spite. I saw something bothersome on twitter (getting bothered by a taco-centric tweet; guh I know). A guy was talking about a “right” taco, that there was a proper route to follow in regard to this particular food. Any other way was laughable and misinformed. This implied one obvious, egotistical and riduculous thing to me: everyone was wrong about food except him. Sorry dude, a taco is never wrong. You can quote me on that. There is no right way with food. It is nourishing and individual and different and cultural and socio-economical. It is everything and it belongs to all of us in every way imaginable.

If you have the privilege to consume it regularly, food is completely right in any context. Whether made on a 6 burner Viking stove or stirred together with boiling water in a coffee pot because that’s what is available, it’s your context and it is right. We can decide to make it simple or complex. We make it because we love the process or we make it to get by and move on to the next thing. What’s important is that we do actually make it, that we ask questions of the food and its source, that we serve it to the people we love, that we sit around the communal table and talk and nourish ourselves in every way. That is truly everything.

So with that I give you a not-by-the-book taco with some improper succotash stuffed inside. Oh and some lentils, avocado and a tangle of lime and basil slaw on top.  It is different, it is improper in a sense, but they are so delicious it’s unbelievable and the sheer sight of them made me so happy. Whatever they say, that’s the final word.

One more exciting thing: Spirituality & Health magazine has launched a Good Food Blog on their website. I’m so thrilled to be contributing along with some other amazing bloggers. So in honor of all that, they’re letting me give away 2 subscriptions to their inspiring magazine! You can enter the giveaway on my facebook page. You have until Monday July 16th to get your entry in. Good luck lovelies :)

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peachy sweet corn tacos with lentils + basil slaw
serves: makes about 10-12 tacos
notes: The succotash makes an awesome side dish all on its own. I would add some chopped basil to it to finish if you’re going to go that route.

slaw:
1/4 head of green cabbage, shredded
1 big sprig of basil, leaves removed and sliced
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp grapeseed oil
salt and pepper

succotash:
1/3 cup french lentils, rinsed
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 shallot, small dice
1 small red pepper, small dice
1/2 tsp chili powder (ancho or chipotle are amazing)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
4 ears of corn, kernels removed
2 ripe peaches, pitted and diced
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper

assembly:
10-12 corn tortillas, warmed
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
lime wedges

Cook the lentils: place the rinsed lentils in a small saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender but still have some bite. Set aside.

Make the slaw: combine the shredded cabbage, basil, lime juice, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Taste for seasoning and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside in the fridge.

Make the succotash: Heat the grapeseed oil in a medium-large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced shallot and red pepper. Saute mixture until soft and slightly translucent. Add the chili powder and cumin. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the corn kernels and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper at this point. Cook, stirring frequently until corn is crisp-tender and slightly more golden, about 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the diced peaches, cooked lentils and lime juice. Check for seasoning and keep warm.

To assemble: Place 1/4 cup or so of succotash in each tortilla, top with avocado slices and a good tongs-full of slaw. Eat immediately.

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  • la domestique11/07/2012 - 2:59 pm

    I would happily chow down on one of your tacos! They look so fresh and nourishing. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Nico11/07/2012 - 3:36 pm

    Oh gosh, the tacos look fantastic but your story is even more inspiring. A succotash is whatever it can be and a taco is whatever you want it to be. I often get overwhelmed by the idea that sometimes there is a one, authentic, true version of a dish and I just need to let that go.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle11/07/2012 - 4:03 pm

    Dude. What a sweet addition to my “Summer of Tacos” (yeah, I’m making it a real thing).

    Also, when will people stop this annoying “authenticity” bs about food? Some of the best tacos I’ve had were filled with Korean BBQ, just saying.ReplyCancel

  • Sofia11/07/2012 - 4:05 pm

    I think your lovely tacos can take his “right” tacos any day. I’m totally with you on there never being one way to do something. Our way is right the way, whatever we want it to be.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn11/07/2012 - 4:15 pm

    Totally on board with any food that isn’t ‘by the book.’ I’m newly obsessed with making corn tortillas at home and always looking for inspirational new fillings – just found the makings of my next taco night. Congrats on the writing gig!ReplyCancel

  • sara11/07/2012 - 4:56 pm

    lovely! I’m totally on your team with the sweets in the savory dishes. and congrats on being a contributor, excited to see your work. the more the better :)ReplyCancel

  • Dana @ FoodieGoesHealthy11/07/2012 - 5:07 pm

    Beautiful photos. I can’t get enough of summer peaches, so I’m excited to make your tacos.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar11/07/2012 - 6:18 pm

    These look so tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Sophia12/07/2012 - 5:00 am

    Laura,

    Those tacos look heavenly (I just wish we already had nice and ripe peaches – I had one the other day and although it was pretty sweet it was rockhard, and ‘crunchy’ is a word that should never be used in the same sentence as ‘peach’!).

    And I hear you on the right or wrong way of preparing certain dishes – my parents spent time living in Morocco before I was born, and out of that grew a deep love affair with Northern African cuisine, in particular cous cous and tagines. I once asked my mum how many different types of cous cous there were and her response was “There are as many different types of cous cous as there are housewives in Morocco”. I am sure the same applies to tacos!

    In all honesty though, there is also a little piece inside of me that yearns for people to prepare things the way they ‘should’ be prepared. Sure, there is no right or wrong way to prepare many dishes but every time I order a panna cotta that is basically a vanilla cream-flavoured piece of jelly that would likely bounce of the floor if dropped, I wish more chefs took the time and skill to slowly heat the cream with a vanilla pod, sugar and some cornstarch until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon before leaving it to set – resulting in a heavenly concoction, thick enough to be inverted and have that gorgeous wobble yet far creamier than anything made with gelatine. Pedantic? Maybe (though in my defence I reserve this pedantry for when people start tempering with what I think is the essence of a dish while pretending to staying true to the original … ).

    All the best

    SophiaReplyCancel

  • Kathryn12/07/2012 - 8:04 am

    I think tacos are the ultimate ‘make them up as you go along’ food – it’s almost impossible to make a not delicious taco but these really look like some of the best!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryne12/07/2012 - 11:27 am

    “A taco is never wrong.” Love that! I’m all on board for these tacos, they look incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel12/07/2012 - 12:59 pm

    “A taco is never wrong” – here here!
    I used to get funny looks from my husband when I served meatless tacos but he’s finally accustomed to my unusual taco fillings. I’d like to spring these on him to keep him on his toes : )ReplyCancel

  • sarah12/07/2012 - 1:38 pm

    This made me laugh out loud. I like you.
    And basil slaw? Goodness, that sounds incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Sonja12/07/2012 - 8:09 pm

    I could have sworn I looked here when I was researching for our recent taco round up, but I just saw these! I think I may ad an addendum :) These look delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah13/07/2012 - 12:38 am

    Yes! Savory fruit, an always-right taco, and a wee smidge of sticking it to the man. A perfect post! Love this one Laura, abd canr wait to try lime with basil with corn with peach – a perfect summer bite.ReplyCancel

  • kelsey15/07/2012 - 5:44 pm

    Hear hear, woman. There is no room for taco-police or culinary egos in my kitchen. I love your take. And glad to see you took the S&H gig.ReplyCancel

  • Beth {local milk}18/07/2012 - 3:22 pm

    I’m so glad you discovered my blog because if you hadn’t I might not have discovered yours! I’m always looking eagerly for a new source of inspiration and even though there are a blue billion food blogs, it’s hard to find! So excited to find yours. The design & aesthetic are right up my alley. Totally a subscriber now!ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney21/07/2012 - 5:47 pm

    These tacos look amazing! I’ve been using peaches in a lot of savory dishes lately because they have been overflowing at the farmer’s market. And, to the person who thinks there’s a “right” taco: cooking is an art form where bending and breaking the rules are encouraged. It’s constantly evolving…ReplyCancel

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  • suzi21/08/2013 - 11:34 am

    i wish to make these and make them well. how do you suggest warming the tortillas? mine are always tough and chewy. thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright21/08/2013 - 12:01 pm

      Hi Suzi! If you have a gas stove, it’s nice to just warm them over a low flame directly on the burner. Usually I just wrap a bunch up in foil and place them in a 350 oven for 15 minutes or so and cover them with a lightly damp towel once they’re out to keep them warm/avoid over-drying. Hope that helps!
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  • Emily10/07/2014 - 8:03 am

    everything looks absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin09/08/2014 - 11:09 pm

    These were great… but I made a lot of mods… Try them this way next time. :)

    I made the slaw as suggested in the recipe. But for the filling, I made it completely on the grill. I took yellow squash (seeded), 4 ears of corn, 3 peaches, 1 bell pepper, 1 jalapeño, and a red onion (just cut veg in half) and tossed them with chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and some sunflower oil and grilled everything. Then I cut the corn of the cob, cut up the jalapeño fine, and then cut up everything else I grilled and mixed it all with a can of black beans (instead of lentils). Served it with the slaw and avocado.

    I loved the slaw. I almost replaced the basil with cilantro but boy I am I glad I did not. So good.ReplyCancel

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