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Skillet Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes and Late Harvest Peppers

At this time of year there are so many varieties of peppers and heirloom tomatoes available at the grocery stores and farmer’s markets that it’s hard to resist the temptation to go nuts buying way too many for us to consume.  In lovely shades of greens, reds and oranges these flavorful peppers and tomatoes can turn any dish into a scrumptious dish.

I love peppers, I especially like the milder green peppers like shishito peppers and padron peppers. I love heirloom tomatoes too – their gorgeous colors and their juicy sweet and tart flavor taste soooo good when they are sautéed in butter that I could have tomatoes this way every day.

Cooked until the tomatoes are floating in buttery oily goodness – this flavor along with roasted peppers is what I wanted in my eggs when I made my skillet eggs with heirloom tomatoes and late harvest peppers.

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The tartness of  tomatoes come through when they are cooked in butter while the peppers add their own unique flavor with just a hint of spice.

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Fresh Figs & Lemongrass

Delicious fresh figs all plump, sweet, super soft and dripping with nectar. I picked a bunch of fresh figs from my friend Devi’s garden a few days ago. The temptation to eat these figs right off the tree was hard to resist, I ate a couple right away and brought the rest home.

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Fresh figs right off the tree – when fruit is this fresh it’s hard to mess with them by adding them to salads or making a dessert of some sorts. We just ate them in their pure fresh fig form – just delicious😋.  To present these figs as a dessert option that same evening I served a few with aged Parmesan cheese and walnuts. Added a small glass of sweet port and I had the makings of a deliciout fig inspired all-natural dessert. Continue reading Fresh Figs & Lemongrass

Spicy Vegetarian Arabiatta Pasta Sauce

Over the last month we have received so many deliveries of  garden vegetables that I had to come up with a recipe that would use up ALL these vegetables in one dish. The inspiration for this vegetarian pasta sauce came from my neighbor’s bounty of homegrown vegetables, which included a few spicy peppers, organic heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, and squash. I decided to make an Italian spicy marinara sauce called arabiatta sauce.

Arabiatta sauce is a spicy marinara sauce that literally means “angry sauce” in Italian. We have had pasta with arabiatta sauce many times at local Italian restaurant The Pastaria & Market.  Their popular arabiatta sauce has meat but they do make a vegetarian version that is out of this world delicious and spicy!!!  Here is my recipe for a vegetarian arabiatta pasta sauce. chock full of garden vegetables.

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Simple Tomato Bruschetta

Rani made this very simple bruschetta with fresh garden tomatoes that our neighbor Jim had dropped off recently. What makes this version of bruschetta so easy to make is that Rani used whatever bread we had in the pantry. She just toasted the bread before piling on the juicy tomato mixture, that’s it. It was quick to make and tasted great 😋.

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Traditionally bruschetta is made with crusty baguette, but if you are like me, we don’t always have that around, but what we do have are sandwich bread for morning toast and lunches. These sandwich bread slices can be used for a quick and easy bruschetta.  Just make sure it’s dense bread such as a sourdough, farm bread, rye, or whole grain sandwich bread.   Continue reading Simple Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted Fennel & Chickpea Salad

The cool thing about this chickpea salad is how the roasted fennel, peppers, and onions add such wonderful flavors to this dish that it requires no dressing. Just fresh mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  My friend Shalini made this fennel and chickpea salad for lunch one day that was positively outstanding. Here is the recipe.
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Greens Salad with Apples & Pickled Onion Vinaigrette

Greens Salad with Apples & Pickled Onion Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 cups spring greens salad mix
  • 2 medium apples cut into thin slices
  • 1 bell pepper cut into thin slices or 4 small peppers cut into thin circles
  • 1/2  small red onion cut into slivers
  • 1 avocado cut into thin slices
  • White cheddar cheese cut into small cubes – as much as you like (optional)
  • Ingredients for pickled onion vinaigrette
    • 1/4 cup pickled onion vinegar
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 tbsp honey

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Pickled Onion Vinaigrette

Hey folks, have you had a chance to make easy pickled onions yet? Wondering what to do with the vinegar after the pickled onions have been consumed? Guess what? That same vinegar can be used to make a vinaigrette salad dressing. An added bonus is that the vinegar is now an onion and coriander flavored vinegar. Pretty cool!

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