Summertime means Tomatoes!

My garden is currently teeming with tomatoes, not to mention the gigantic zucchini and booming kale, but the tomatoes are the most plentiful, and really delicious to boot!  With the rain in July and then some drier weather in August, the fruit id sweet and ripening almost faster than I can use it.  My quick go to plan for using a tomato bounty is to toss them with some extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper and roast them in a 350 degree oven until they are soft and slightly browned.  This makes a great topping for homemade pizza or tossed with pasta, fresh garlic, grated Parmesan and fresh chopped basil.  Served with a great green salad, either would make a yummy, quick [...]

By |2013-08-27T19:20:29-04:00August 27, 2013|Appetizers, Main Courses, Recipes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

In the Garden

A little over two months ago I began a quest for a greener, more sustainable kitchen and I have been successful in keeping canned goods out of my cooking, I squeeze my OJ fresh and my garden is thriving. I have not been quite able to stay consistent with the bread baking, but I do make some whenever I get a chance, and my Vitamix decided to quit on me once I was fully addicted to homemade almond butter. I also found a very easy recipe for yogurt and, though it requires some precise temperature control, it is really yummy! I do try to be diligent, as well, with buying as local as possible, which has become a bit easier now that the local [...]

By |2013-07-02T13:37:58-04:00June 27, 2013|Appetizers, Side Dishes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

The Mighty Carrot

In season during Summer and Fall, the Carrot can be found year round as a staple in markets and on dinner tables across the country and around the world. This usually orange colored root vegetable will occasionally masquerade in disguises of purple, red, yellow and even white. The Carrot is often associated with good eyesight due to it’s beta carotene content, which is metabolized into vitamin A, and contributed to the urban legend that carrots helped with night vision. Apparently, during WW II the British Army spun a tale of high carrot consumption among it’s pilots to cover up the effective use of radar to shoot down German war planes in the dark. This tale had the added benefit of getting Britons to grow [...]

By |2013-06-14T16:17:48-04:00June 14, 2013|Appetizers|0 Comments

Heirloom Tomatoes

Eva Purple Ball, Green Zebra, Black Krim, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, HillBilly, Mortgage Lifter, Pink Ping Pong, Early Girl… No, I am not calling you names or listing bizarre obscenities. I am talking about tomatoes. I am particularly fascinated by the heirlooms…their rainbow of colors, unique appearances (wow! there are some delicious ugly tomatoes), and vast range of flavors. There are nearly 10,000 varieties of tomatoes. If you are thinking about growing your own, check out this book: The Great Tomato Book by Gary Ibsen. This guy ran the TomatoFest in Carmel, CA for the last 17 years (bummer, I just checked his website and it looks like he retired last year. So I guess no more TomatoFest but check out his book for some [...]

By |2013-06-14T16:33:00-04:00May 10, 2010|Appetizers, Salads, Side Dishes|0 Comments
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