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Barley-lentil stew with prosciutto & dill: $1.83/serving

As mentioned in previous posts, we were gifted a family-sized CSA box a few weeks ago, and were able to make use of every single item in it…except for half a bunch of dill. (The other half went into two loaves of dill-olive bread.) Dill is pretty far down the list of my favorite herbs. In fact, it may well be at or near the bottom. It’s mostly known for going well with seafood, which I hate, and/or eggs cooked by themselves, which I also hate, leaving few options for use (other than pickles, of course). Luckily I was able to find one. Yes, it’s a stew, which isn’t exactly the most appealing meal in late August, but the yogurt and dill combine to give it a coolness that somehow seems perfectly appropriate.

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Corn & prosciutto crisp: $1.92/serving

I usually make this savory crisp when corn is fully in season and something like 5 ears for $1 (I rarely grow it myself for that very reason; it probably costs more than that to water it), but given that I had some prosciutto left over from the gorgonzola- and prosciutto-stuffed chicken breast with strawberry-balsamic sauce, I thought I’d roll the dice and see if I could find some early-season corn on the cheap. I indeed did find some, but it was hard and pale; not the juicy, yellow sweet corn I was wishfully expecting, even though I don’t recall ever seeing it before July. I ended up having to buy a bag of frozen corn, which, while never as good as fresh, certainly is better than tasteless and unripe. Anyhow, this is a great light, unexpected summer meal when paired with a salad, or works well as a side dish for grilled chicken or other meats when plain ol’ corn on the cob won’t do.

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Fettuccine with prosciutto and orange: $1.78/serving

Regardless of whether you choose to make the pasta yourself (I highly recommend you do, or at the very least buy fresh), this is one of the quickest pasta sauces there is—no chopping, no simmering, no spice grinding or opening cans. Just tear up some prosciutto, juice and zest an orange, pour in some cream, toss with the pasta and some reserved pasta water, and you’re done. It’s surprising yet familiar, comforting yet bright and fresh. (Budget tip: Prosciutto is cheapest at Trader Joe’s.)

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