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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
- If at all possible, select tomatoes that are locally grown they will always have the best flavor
- Look for firm unblemished tomatoes that feel slightly heavy in your hands
- Don't buy tomatoes stored in a refrigerator section of the store and don't refrigerate tomatoes when you get them home. Refrigerating tomatoes decreases their flavor.
- The tomatoes "on the vine" at the supermarket can be pretty flavorful and are a good choice only when you cannot find the locally grown varieties.
Now don't tell your cardiologist or family doctor that I told you to do this but, when you are finished cooking the bacon, reserve about 1/2 of the drippings on the baking sheet, dice up some baby red potatoes and a bit of shallot. Toss the potatoes and shallot onto the pan with the drippings using your hands coat with the drippings. Bake the potatoes at 425 for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let me tell you, those will be about the best roasted potatoes you've ever tasted....but really, don't tell your doctor.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I know I’ve only been doing this for a month, but so far this is my favorite recipe for Barefoot Bloggers. (FYI Barefoot Bloggers are a group of bloggers that prepare 2 recipes a month from the Barefoot Contessa-Ina Garten). This month's recipe was for Panzanella and it was chosen by Melissa of It's Melissa's Kitchen. Thank you Melissa for choosing such a delicious recipe!
Honestly though, toasty bread tossed with fresh chopped veggies and basil what is not to love? I made only a few minor changes:
· I omitted the mustard (can’t really stomach the stuff)
· I omitted the capers (forgot to put them on the shopping list)
· I added diced avocado (quite possibly the most perfect food-I love them and thought they would be a nice addition)
We enjoyed this salad so much, that after finishing I cut up some additional bread, toasted it (this time instead of cooking it in a skillet I spread it out on a baking sheet, tossed with the oil and salt then baked it at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or so) I then bagged it and froze it to take up to my brother’s lake house this weekend to make it again.
My supermarket had just taken loaves of French bread out of the oven, so it was a challenge to not eat the bread by itself, although I did steal a few cubes. My supermarket does not carry champagne vinegar, but luckily I was able to buy some at my local Homegoods. Although it was a bit pricey-$7.99 for a small bottle, I do think the taste is worth it.
Keeper, keeper, keeper.
Barefoot Contessa Panzanella from Barefoot Contessa Parties!
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
½ red onion, cut in 1/2 and thinkly sliced
20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons capers, drained
For the vinaigrette:
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.
For the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together.
In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I returned from vacation with a nice surprise: my recipe for Warm Tropical Breeze Fruit Wraps is a finalist in the Snack with Dole recipe contest.
I'll be the first to admit that I don't always necessarily like the recipes I submit to contests, but this particular recipe I LOVE! It's simple. It's tasty. It's easy enough for your children to make by themselves (supervised of course).
Thank you to Lori aka The Recipe Girl for bestowing an award on my blog!
I would like to pass it along as well to a few (well) deserving blogs:
First to Prudence Pennywise (I'm sure she's been awarded it before, but I think she is worthy of it again-she is the most devoted blogger!)
also I'd like to pass it to Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake - not only do I thoroughly enjoy her blog I think it has the coolest name!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Aggie from Aggie's Kitchen tagged me for a music meme! Thanks, Aggie...I think it's fun to hear what everyone is listening to!
Right now you're listening to the most played songs on my Ipod!
Now I want to here what some other bloggers are listening to. Here are the rules...
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your summer (or whatever season). Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to...
Here it goes...I'm tagging:
Grace from A Southern Grace
Candy from The Courageous Cook
Emiline from Sugar Plum
Deb from Kahakai Kitchen
Allie from Finding Inspiration in Food
Sydney from Diapers and Deadlines
Robin Sue from Big Red Kitchen
Go ahead serenade me!!
Not too long ago I won a little contest on Veggie Mom's blog Eat your Veggies. It was a box of Pop'rs...what are Pop'rs you ask?
Well...they are a fun "pop rocks" like food additive that you can sprinkle on anything to add a little snap, crackle and flavor. Think Molly McButter meets Pop Rocks. We've been having a lot of fun snap crackling our foods all week.
We've added Cinnamon Pop'rs to pancakes...
We've added Color Burst Pop'rs to mango slices...
Taco Pop'rs to popcorn, Butter Pop'rs to broccoli and green beans, Buffalo Pop'rs to our turkey sandwiches! It says on the bottles that they have vitamins added which is an extra bonus, but we (especially the kids) just liked the crackling! I don't think they are available in the supermarket yet, but I'm sure Veggie Mom will let us know when they are. Thanks for the fun treat, Veggie Mom!