Whew! Are you as tired as I am? Rousing parties, holiday shows and fancy cooking are all fun–but non-stop activity can take a toll. Even a food blogger can need a cooking break! So, with New Year’s Eve on the horizon, I am sharing a super easy meatball & mozzarella appetizer. The idea comes from my teenage nieces who made … Continue reading
Greek food? Lately I’ve been obsessed with it. Could it be all those gorgeous tomatoes sitting on the window sill? So today’s Aegean-inspired recipe is a Greek Pasta Salad bearing the last of fall’s tomatoes and cucumbers. But before I start, I must confess a deep dark secret (shhh). I am a die hard pasta salad hater, one of a … Continue reading
Shhh, fall is coming. In some ways, the transition to fall is subtle. An orange leaf here, a cool night there. In other ways, it may be sudden. Bam—the peppers (or orange squash) are here! This week’s CSA box was graced with ripe peppers and tomatoes. So it was time to revive my Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup!
Late summer is tomato season–hooray! Blessed by vines laden with juicy red fruits, they feature prominently on seasonal menus. Yes, today’s tomato special is… Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca. I am a member of two CSAs (yes, two!)–a holdover from the days my household numbered six. As a result, I can find myself with a bit of a tomato overload if … Continue reading
Back in the day, serving bread on salads was big. Of course, that bread was typically chopped, seasoned, and rebranded as croutons. But the concept was legit—bread in salads is delicious! This time, it’s served up torn and marinated in a Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad, or Panzanella. Wikipedia describes Panzanella as “a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes … Continue reading
The winter of 2015 may forever be known as the season of soup. Yup… with two kids having impacted wisdom teeth surgery, the blender was my very, favorite, appliance! Of course in some ways the timing was handy—soup is always part of my Christmas Eve dinner! This year a Tomato Stilton Soup made its debut, along with an old friend, … Continue reading
You’ve got to love classic recipes like Green Beans Almondine. Super easy and delicious, who can argue with browned butter! But sometimes you have to shake things up–and this recipe for Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata is more than up to the challenge. Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata, known lovingly in our family as “that green bean dish with the cheese and … Continue reading
Sometimes when you go to extremes you end up back in the middle. Even with tomatoes. Now everyone knows how delightful seasonal vine-ripened tomatoes are, sliced into a salad or cut into a caprese! And as a totally-not-fresh alternative, sun dried tomatoes are perfect to extend this joy into winter. But when my sister mentioned Roasted Rosemary, Tomato, Goat Cheese … Continue reading
Every year, fall rushes in–a brilliant wash of light and color. The change from summer’s verdant greens to a kaleidoscope of hues appears not only in the trees but also the bountiful harvest. Greens from peppers, yellow from corn, red from tomatoes, orange from squash… And today’s “Three Sisters” stew has it all!
Have you heard me whining (sorry) lately about being buried in CSA vegetables? Well, I still feel a little deer-in-the-headlights at the moment (have I mentioned I do two CSAs?). But I made a nice dent in the supplies today. I made a Greek Salad. Topped with an an olive oil and lemon dressing and an array of fresh veggies–tomatoes, … Continue reading