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Freebie Friday: Summer Isn't Over!

Last week, we challenged those seeking free loot to tell us about their favorite quick and easy recipes. So many people came back with great tips and recipe ideas. Perfect weeknight recipes have these things in common: quick is a must, versatility is a great added bonus, and adding some sort of convenience product gets you there even faster.

Our winner, Megan Schlegel, had this to say (and made me want to partake):

“My quick and easy recipe is grilled margarita pizza. I use wonderful store-bought herb pizza dough, tomatoes and basil from my garden and mozzarella cheese. The crust is nice and crisp and the tomatoes and basil are lightly covered in melty, gooey, cheesy goodness. Tastes like summer!”

What could be more convenient than grabbing half your ingredients from the backyard? Kudos to all who manage to combine convenience food (store-bought pizza dough, rotisserie chicken) with fresh produce to make easy meals that are healthy, too.

What Megan really taught me: Summer isn’t over! We should embrace every bite of juicy, sweet garden-ripe tomatoes while we have them. At every turn it’s back-to-school this and back-to-school that. I think I even saw some Christmas stuff going up at my local mall. Really? Let's stop and enjoy every last morsel of what summer has to offer.

This week we’ll be giving away a copy of Cooking Through the Seasons in honor of this most noble cause. This book features recipes from all four seasons, so it inspires year-long love affairs with seasonal ingredients. To be eligible win a free copy, follow along here:

Step 1: “Like” us on Facebook (use the Facebook box to the right and click “Like” if you don’t already like us).

Step 2: Describe for us here in 50 words or less your favorite end of summer recipe. Entries should be typed into the comments field of this blog post. Entries are due by Monday, August 23 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Editors will select their favorite based on originality, creativity, and how well you address our question. Winner will be notified via email by August 26, 2010. For full contest rules, click here.

P.S.: I plan on diving into the last days of summer with a standout from our August issue: Hot and Hot Tomato Salad. Heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, smoky bacon, fried okra, and fresh peas. Enough said.