When the weather gets warmer (finally) I find myself gravitating towards lighter flavors and dishes that take minimal prep. I’ll also take any excuse to cook with white wine. I don’t drink a lot of wine, but absolutely love cooking with it. That little bit of acid adds a nice flavor contrast and is also handy for deglazing a pan.

Lately I’ve been loving this simple summer squash sauté, which is lovely on its own as a side, but it’s also perfect for cooking into other things like this frittata or tossing into a salad. Like so:


Pairs well with scallops and salad


Simple Summer Squash Sauté


  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower or olive oil or butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 lb summer squash and/or zucchini, sliced into half-moons 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste



  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic. Stir another minute or until fragrant.
  3. Add wine and raise heat. Bring to a boil and allow to cook down about halfway before reducing heat.
  4. Add squash. Sauté until soft, stirring frequently.
  5. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.

What foods do you crave in the warmer weather? 

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