Sephardic Leeks and Tomatoes

I fell in love with leeks over 10 years ago, when I first made magical leek soup during my “French Women Don’t Get Fat” phase. Actually, I will likely be revisiting the book to get myself back on track again.  There is a lot of wisdom in Mireille’s book. This is a very simple, very…

Farmers Market Roasted Pepper Salad

I love when I go to the farmers market and something totally new is there.  Such was the case when the pepper roasters were there.  What a wonderful smell!  They were roasting all different types of peppers right there! Even though the hot peppers were calling to me, I bought the bag of mild peppers…

Salad Shirazi

Salad Shirazi is a classic Persian salad. Fresh vegetables, mint and lime. Perfect for when garden tomatoes are plentiful. The tomatoes share center stage with cucumbers, but you can’t beat the tomatoes for colorful lushness. The result is a light, refreshing salad. Enjoy! Salad Shirazi 2 medium cucumbers, diced (~2 cups) (from the garden) 2…

Khoresh Bademjun (Persian Eggplant Stew) Vegetarian Version

Not only did we pick berries in the Catskills, we also picked eggplants (yes, pick-you-own eggplants!). What a happy thing! So we are “eggplanting” it out this week.  My vegetarian daughter is home so, I created this version of khoresh bademjun for her. Needless to say, she was thrilled. Khoresh Bademjun (Persian Eggplant Stew) Vegetarian…

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta Dressing

It truly is summer in my garden; my kitchen counter is once again filled with beautiful heirloom tomatoes from my garden. In working my way through the Monday Morning Cooking Club’s It’s always about the food cookbook (yes, the one my recipe is in), I came across this recipe for Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta Dressing by…

Tuscan Tuna with Beans & Kale

What came out of my garden today? Sage and Kale. What came out previously?  Sun-dried tomatoes. Add cannellini beans, tuna, grape tomatoes, celery and olives and you have a bright, colorful and healthy dinner… There was some discussion in the family about the need for the celery – or lack of need.  My daughter thought…

Greek White Bean & Vegetable Stew

I am always surprised when I walk out to the garden.  I expect to see the parsnips and Jerusalem artichokes that are not yet ready for harvest, not the but late season tomatoes we are still getting. They were perfect for a stew to serve to our vegetarian daughter when she came home to visit….

Tilapia with Bruschetta Topping

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes – fresh summer tomatoes! Mine were taking a hiatus from ripening; it is very frustrating to see my plants loaded with tomatoes that are just refusing to ripen. So the one I used for this was grown by a neighbor down the road. The purple basil came from my garden. This was so…

Pan con Tomate (Toast with Tomato)

Another of my favorite foods from our trip to Barcelona was Pan con Tomate –  sourdough bread or a baguette toasted, rubbed with garlic then spread with grated tomato. So simple, yet so delicious. And a great use for an heirloom tomato from my garden. I had made a simple, delicious sourdough bread the day…

Tomato and Cheese Frittata

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. Nothing says summer like tomatoes. Then there are eggs, tomatoes and cheese – a familiar trinity. Make that home-grown heirloom tomatoes with fresh eggs from Farmer Kim and it becomes a holy trinity. Ok, enough goofy phrases, what did I make? It is called a frittata, but with the bread in this mixture, this frittata…