Science has found out how to make our garden-fresh tomatoes stay fresher and tastier longer! Here’s that info, with some of my favorite recipes.
I love a fresh, cool salad in the summertime. I like to try new salad combinations, and I came up with one recently that I think is special enough to share with you. Check it out!
On a rainy night, a warm one-pot pasta meal hits the spot. Our soup…it does, too! Here are some recipes for both, including a new recipe for winter vegetable-ricotta pasta!
Lewis Grizzard shared an absolute truth, as far as I’m concerned, when he said, “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts when eating a homegrown tomato.” I can enjoy a store-bought tomato, of course. I find the grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, especially, are quite sweet and easy to use. But the larger, slicing… Continue reading Tomato ecstasy: Kicked-up panzanella
There aren’t many simple foods that have the same level of cult status as grilled cheese sandwiches. And it’s with good reason; they a warm, crispy and buttery on the outside, and melty, cheesy and decadent on the inside. Add to that the fact that it takes about ten minutes to prepare them, and you… Continue reading Grilled cheese for every craving + the soup to dunk it in!
How about an easy-to-make and easy-to-eat pasta for dinner? This is one that I’ve made three times over the past month. It’s simple: put some fresh tomatoes across the bottom of your skillet, top with dry pasta and some veggies and spices, pour water over the whole thing, and stir as it cooks for nine… Continue reading Dinner in 10: One pan spicy tomato pasta
I have weird dreams. They say that’s a sign of a creative mind, right? Last night I actually dreamed that I did so much decluttering in my kitchen that I had some empty cabinets. I mean, who dreams that? Anyone who knows me well knows that dreaming about organizing is somewhat out of character for… Continue reading The grilled peach salad of my dreams
A few years back when my three boys were little and we lived down in Anderson County on an acre of beautiful, chicken-poop fortified black dirt, I grew tomatoes. Not just a few tomatoes. My husband put in 40 or more tomato plants, along with corn, various varieties of peppers, purple hull peas, and butterbeans.… Continue reading Save a little summer sun in your freezer: Freezing fresh tomatoes
There is something simple and nostalgic about Mason jars. I love their simple, shiny clean look, and how they hold the promise of something delicious held over from the garden’s harvest. John Mason invented and patented the first glass jar with a screw-on cap in 1858, and though he didn’t make much money from his… Continue reading Mason Jar love: Simple layered salads & other fun ideas
In the summertime, when we are all blessedly swimming in fresh tomatoes, whether homegrown or from the farmers market, we eat our fair share of tomato sandwiches, salads, and the like. But what else can you do with fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes? This year, we have something new to do with those gorgeous, juicy orbs. It’s my… Continue reading Simple pasta alla checca