Last year at around this time, we were overflowing with tomatoes from our garden. Some of the vines, I swear, were 10 feet high. Our windowsills were stuffed with ripening tomatoes of every shape and size. We slow-roasted tons of Romas and cherries (delicious), tried fire-roasting a whole barbecue full of heirlooms (less successful), and ate lots of margarita pizzas on the barbecue. We even discovered out in our 12′ by 12′ Eden a freakish tomato that taught me much about the power of positive thinking. And we whipped up and canned huge, wonderful, delicious batches of spicy salsa. [...]
I think I revealed just how panzanella crazy I am when I raved about the stuff last month. Panzanella, for the uninitiated, is an Italian bread salad. “Bread salad” is not nearly as soggy as it might sound, by the way. Think delicious croutons in overdrive, combined with a bunch of other yummy stuff – pretty much pure non-soggy nirvana in a bowl. And it’s so easy to throw together. [...]
It’s frickin’ hot here in Seattle right now. I know that for some, temps into the mid-90s is small potatoes. But for us tender Pacific Northwest folk, 95 is nothing to sneeze at. Especially because most of us around [...]
Panzanella may be the best salad idea ever – and I’m pretty sure this is the perfect panzanella recipe. Olive-oil-toasted bread hunks, rustic chops of green and red peppers, tomatoes, and more, plus basil plucked fresh from the garden… good, good, good stuff.
Quinoa is a terrific power food, and a vegetarian's best friend. It's got protein. It's got fiber. It's got the kind of amino acids you're looking for. It acts and looks like a grain, but it's really a seed. And it's delicious in place of the traditional bulgar in a tabbouleh-like salad. As mentioned in [...]
My expectant friend Megan is in her first trimester and tired, tired, tired. Though her husband rocks and makes dinner faithfully every night while they also run around after their very spirited (and ridiculously cute) three year old, I still insisted on bringing over some dinner in an attempt to help them out. Plus, a [...]
It was a normal Sunday morning. I was scoping the garden for ripe tomatoes, and tucked in the back of the Roma plant, there he… hung. I squinted. Could that really be? Umm… yeah. Sure enough – this special little guy was ready. To be picked, I mean. I giggled. And giggled. And then of [...]
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