Veg Out For Fall

This season offers an abundance of nature's bounty. Here are some tasty ways to spread that wealth around with corn, zukes and tomatoes.



Photos by Laura Petrilla

For a bargain hunter like myself, there is no better time than the fall at the local farmers markets. The abundance of the season really peaks in September, and you can often buy a bushel of tomatoes or zucchini for the same price you paid for a quart back in July.

Last year at our family reunion in North Carolina, my sister, Pauline, brought a bushel of red peppers she had purchased from a farm stand near her home in Raleigh. We roasted, fried, stuffed and grilled those peppers and had them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Check out Chris' recipe for Oven-Dried Tomatoes.

When corn is in season, it's always tempting to pick up a few dozen ears because the cost is down to 10 or 20 cents an ear. This winter, I saw a package of four ears of corn in the produce section of the supermarket priced at $6.99!

There's nothing wrong with boiling up too much corn to eat at one sitting. Cut the corn from the cobs and store it in the refrigerator for soups and salads, or freeze it for casseroles all winter long.

One of my favorite fall casseroles is a combination of zucchini and corn surrounded by the crunch of croutons and flavored with a tangy Vermont cheddar. It's the perfect meal to cozy up to when the fall nights start to chill-and when you're trying to figure out to do with all those zukes.


Chris Fennimore is the director of programming at WQED and the producer/host for QED Cooks. Follow his blog on food and family at wqed.org/tv/cooks/chrischat/.

Hot Reads

From Field to Fork

From Field to Fork

We put together this dynamic guide to help you find and engage with the region’s sustainable producers of meat, honey, alcohol, fruits and vegetables.
Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

PittGirl wonders if it's still possible to raise kids to be big-hearted people in an age of self-obsession.
Review: Café Zinho

Review: Café Zinho

Seasoned chef and entrepreneur Toni Pais continues to impress folks who dine at his longstanding Mediterranean establishment, Café Zinho.
City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do (No Matter Where You Are)

City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do (No Matter Where You Are)

We explore every inch of Allegheny County (and beyond) for a look at the communities where we live, work and play.

The 412

5 Pittsburgh Bands You Need to Know

5 Pittsburgh Bands You Need to Know

Fancy yourself a music snob? Brush up with our list of local musicians who might be flying under the radar.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pittsburgh's Polo Scene

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pittsburgh's Polo Scene

(Yes, there's a polo scene.)
A Pitt Computer Team Just Proved a 400-Year-Old Theory

A Pitt Computer Team Just Proved a 400-Year-Old Theory

Hundreds of years after Johannes Kepler presented a theory on how to best stack spherical objects, Pitt reps confirm that the German mathematician was correct.
Next Month, the City of Pittsburgh Will Turn Into the Best Gym Class Ever

Next Month, the City of Pittsburgh Will Turn Into the Best Gym Class Ever

Act like a kid again at the City of Play Best Games Fest.

Hot Reads

From Field to Fork

From Field to Fork

We put together this dynamic guide to help you find and engage with the region’s sustainable producers of meat, honey, alcohol, fruits and vegetables.
Review: Café Zinho

Review: Café Zinho

Seasoned chef and entrepreneur Toni Pais continues to impress folks who dine at his longstanding Mediterranean establishment, Café Zinho.
Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

Sometimes Your Best Friends in Life Aren't on Facebook

PittGirl wonders if it's still possible to raise kids to be big-hearted people in an age of self-obsession.
City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do (No Matter Where You Are)

City Guide: 200+ Fun Things to Do (No Matter Where You Are)

We explore every inch of Allegheny County (and beyond) for a look at the communities where we live, work and play.
6 More Things You Might Not Know About Pittsburgh

6 More Things You Might Not Know About Pittsburgh

PittGirl's at it again — this time with a list of a half-dozen fun facts you'll want to mention at your next cocktail party.
'Which Neighborhood Should I Live In?'

'Which Neighborhood Should I Live In?'

We pick the perfect neighborhood for six breeds of ’Burgher.