Along with muscadine grapes, butter beans are among the farmer's market treasures of late summer in Charleston—reason to wake up with gusto to another day of stultifying heat and oxford-soaking humidity.
A simple melon salad takes a refreshingly exotic turn when tossed in a salty, citrusy dressing infused with chilies and mint. I adapted this recipe from Andrea Reusing's "Cooking In the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes."
These potatoes get a little kick from a blend of Indian spices. Garam masala—a spice mix including coriander (cilantro), cumin, ginger and cloves, among others—is available in many mainstream grocery stores.
Serve this sauce over roasted lamb, as a dressing for a salad of spring greens, radishes and red torpedo onions (a springtime farmers market staple), over roasted cauliflower, or with Spiced Roasted Potatoes.