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Sautéed Seasonal Tomatoes and Zucchini

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Now that we’re in the tail end of the summer vegetable season, I’m rushing to make as many of my favorite seasonal dishes as possible. I think we can all agree that a zucchini that has tumbled it’s way in a crate all the way from around the world doesn’t taste nearly as good as a zucchini that bumped along in the back of a farmer’s truck for a couple of miles.

This recipe is a superfast one, and super healthy. Grab a couple of firm, green zucchinis and a few fresh tomatoes, chop it all up, and sauté with just a few spices. The key here is to let the fresh veggies shine. I add a little heat and complexity to mine with a dash of ground cayenne pepper, it really draws out the flavor of the tomatoes and zucchini.

This can stand alone as a vegetarian dish, but can be modified a million different ways. I like to add a little tuna right at the end of the sauté if I feel like a more substantial meal. Grilled fish or chicken sliced and laid on top is also an awesome combination and makes for great presentation as well.

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Trend Report: Monochromatic Decorating

80a3ef5b6b0f41381657cb4967cacc9a(the only thing this room needs is me sitting in it, sipping a dirty martini with extra olives. monochromatic olive green room complete.)

The concept is simple: pick one color and decorate a room with only it and shades of it. This is actually not oversimplified and results in a gorgeous, unified looking space, evidenced by the images above and below. Here are a few guidelines to follow that will help you to achieve a room with an elegant cohesiveness and modern feel. The short version is make sure to vary textures; this is key when decorating with one color. An example is the leaf green foyer below that uses glass, wood, and fabric, all in varying shades of green.

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(LOVE the green glass. note that the shades used are more note-in-a-bottle and less Heineken)

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(notice the mismatched chairs still look formal because there are only 2 different sets mixed together and they are arranged symmetrically)

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(I have a well documented love of the color gray in decorating, I am now dying to add silver/mirrors to my gray space.)

 

Photo References (in order of appearance):

 http://splenderosa.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-10-10T17%3A03%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=1

(photos 2 + 3) http://www.porterhousedesigns.com/colorsizzle/

http://picsdecor.com/home-decorating-ideas/dark-silver-luxury-livingroom-decor-494