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Savor fresh Pennsylvania produce

Alicia Colombo

Starting July 17, income-eligible older Philadelphians can receive $50 in free vouchers for locally grown fruits and vegetables. (Click Here>> for information.) The recipes featured here use produce that can be purchased with the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers.

Fresh Dill, Pea, Cucumber & Tomato Salad

3 cups peas
1 English cucumber, sliced
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
⅓ cup olive oil
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp. salt, or more to taste
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3 tsp. fresh dill, chopped
½ tsp. red chili flakes

Rinse peas in a colander with warm water and let drain, while you slice the other vegetables.

Add cucumbers, tomatoes, shallot and peas to a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegars, salt and pepper. Add sugar and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over the vegetables. Sprinkle with dill and red chili flakes. Toss gently, and serve immediately, or chill for no more than one hour. Any longer and the cucumbers will start to pickle.

Red Berry Pudding

1 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup cherries, seeds removed
½ cup sugar
¾ cup water, divided
4 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Add fruit, sugar and ½ cup water to a saucepan on medium heat. Stir frequently until the mixture comes to a boil. Drop in the cinnamon stick, then stir to release its flavor. Reduce heat, and allow the fruit to simmer and break down.

Stir in vanilla extract. Whisk together cornstarch and ¼ cup water (or juice) and stir to combine with the fruit mixture. If needed, add more water (or juice) if the mixture becomes too thick.

Turn off the heat and remove the cinnamon stick. Stir in fresh lemon juice.

Pudding may be served warm or cold, and topped with whipped cream or fresh sweet cream.


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