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My own private Iron Chef

It all started with an innocent remark, "No, I didn't have time to get in a garden this year, I'd love some stuff from yours." Then I forgot about it for a couple of days, because we were at a wine-tasting and there was an auction going on.

Luckily for me, my friend K. didn't forget. In fact, she remembered in a big way. I now have magic purple beans (they turn green when you cook them), tomatoes, pattypan squash, cukes, rainbow chard, onions (both green and red), and serrano peppers. There's also a bag full of herbs including beautiful rosemary, epazote, and some other herbs I can't remember.

Now the question is what to do with the bounty.

I am thinking about running up the street to another friends for more beans so I can make a batch of dilled green beans; I had some tonight and it reminded me of how much I enjoy the cool, crispy beans, slightly hot from peppers and garlic. Lots of garlic.

Several other things can go into a huge salad tomorrow, and maybe we'll have squash with dinner. But I am stumped on something original, quick and tasty for the chard and epazote. I've only really used epazote with bean-based dishes, so I feel clueless on something more original to do with it and I can't remember the last time I had chard.

I'm off to do some searching for interesting recipes, but I'd love to have someone's favorite dish to try out.

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