Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer.

Summer may be coming to an end, but the beautiful fruits and vegetables are at their peak. Pick up some fresh and tasty tomatoes this week and make a great potluck dish for your Labor Day BBQ.

Summer Panzanella

2 large baguettes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large, seedless cucumber, roughly chopped
2 pints cherry tomatoes (preferably multi-colored), halved
1 red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. honey
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch basil, torn

Pre-heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss bread with 1/4 cup olive oil. Add bread to skillet and toast until golden and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar, remaining olive oil, and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To large bowl, add crispy bread, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic. Toss with dressing until evenly coated. Season with more salt and pepper. Garnish with basil.

Zucchini Tomato Bake

Ingredients:Zucchini Tomato Bake
1 lb. zucchini (about 3 medium), chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, preferably multi-colored, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 c. Parmesan, shredded
2 tbsp. torn basil, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer vegetables to a small baking dish, then sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese. Bake until golden, about 30-35 minutes. Garnish with basil.

Shingletown Medical Center (SMC) Board Members and Staff wish you a “Happy & Safe” Labor Day!