August 12, 2013
Tomato season! Tomato season! Hurrahhhhhhh!
One of my colleagues grew these adorable and flavorful cherry tomatoes in his backyard. One day when he brought a tupperware full of them to work, I couldn’t resist eating a few every time I stopped by the kitchen, and he mentioned that soon he would have more tomatoes than he and his family could possibly eat.
So, I made him a deal: bring me tomatoes, and I will make something with them for the office.
Flaky pie dough is rolled out into a big circle and filled simply with sweet, fresh tomatoes and just enough goat cheese and basil to make it interesting. The edges are folded up rustically, brushed with cream, and the whole thing bubbles in the oven, just until the tomatoes soften and pop and the crust gets all golden at the edges.
Is it weird that I accidentally woke up at 6am and decided to make a tomato tart? Maybe. Was I still pretty jetlagged? Certainly. Did bringing this in to work make me way more popular that day? You betcha.
September 12, 2012
Sometimes, things just make sense. Like when two fantastic food concepts smash together in just the right way.
Fried green tomatoes are crispy and golden and fantastic by themselves… but stack them with fresh mozzarella and basil and a good heavy drizzle of balsamic reduction, and it’s the most unique and hearty caprese salad I’ve ever seen. And just look how pretty.
Can’t you imagine serving this as an appetizer at a dinner party, arranged willy-nilly on a big platter with basil leaves and balsamic scattered all over? But it’s simple enough to make for lunch today. Because the tomatoes are baked for a while, it doesn’t matter as much that tomatoes are sneaking out of season as we speak. Just get on it and make these ASAP before they’re all gone until next year!
July 26, 2012
It feels like it’s all peaches, all the time on the food blogs right now. With good reason: peaches are going crazy this summer. Every single one I’ve brought home has been ripe and sweet, with not a dud among them.
We all know that the best way to eat a peach is out-of-hand, over the sink with juice dripping down your chin. But the aroma and flavor of the fruit pair well with so many things — especially in the savory, salty arena — it would be a shame not to experiment.
July 9, 2012
Last week, I put together a complex sentence in French, on the spot, at the wine shop: “Désolé pour mon français, mais je voudrais un vin avec des bulles, mais moins cher que du champagne.” The proprietor quite kindly pointed me to the section of wall devoted to bubblies, assuring me that, “Non, mademoiselle, votre français est très bon!” I was so proud of my achievement that I bought the first wine he suggested.
What I ended up with was two bottles of Crémant de Bourgogne, a refreshing blanc de blanc without the yeastiness, tight bubbles, or price tag of Champagne. I tszujed it with a wee mixer — a light strawberry syrup infused with basil — which made it pink and a little sweet and a little herbal. Perfect for a party.