Applesauce is incredibly easy to make at home. Use any apple variety or combination of varieties you like. Apples with red skins will make pink applesauce while apples with green or yellow skins (or peeled apples) will make yellow or tan applesauce.
When brainstorming substitutes for tomatoes in our salsa, we landed on peaches. Peaches are ripe in the middle of summer and have the same great sweet-acidic balance of flavors as tomatoes. Plus, peaches are versatile and work in savory and sweet applications. Case in point is this salsa, which gets a good kick from jalapeo and pleasant, refreshing bite from lots of fresh lime juice and chopped cucumber. Try on Vegetarian Bean & Kale Tacos or Chipotle Pork Tacos.
This pesto is slightly more bitter than the taste of traditional basil pesto. Try it on toasted bread with mozzarella or in pasta salads. Other herbs such as basil, catnip, or cilantro may be added for flavor.
This is an amazing take on pesto, and delicious slathered on crusty bread that you toast with a little olive oil in the oven. It was taught to us in a City Market cooking class by Margaret Osha, of the Farmers Kitchen at Turkey Hill Farm.