Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

Sometimes a classic salad is the best choice and easiest “go-to” salad for a summer evening.  This dish is certainly one of the old standbys that works for many occasions. Summer tomatoes are the best for this dish and thin slices of fresh mozzarella are super tasty.  I grow basil every summer in my garden…

Spinach and Tomato Tortellini

After doing an Internet search, I was not able to find a recipe which comes close to how I have prepared this dish several times.  It is quite tasty and has gone through some variations in the past years. I have finally settled on this method which produces a very delicious quick and easy dinner….

more green tomatoes

When the tomato growing season ended, I had more than my share this year of green tomatoes.  I happen to love them and rarely see them in the marketplace.  In fact, I made two trips to two different farmer’s markets just to look for large-sized green tomatoes.  No luck there either. So, I decided to…

appetizer presentation

An easy appetizer menu is one that is handy for summer entertaining.  Here is a quick appetizer that looks perfect and takes five minutes to prepare 20-30 bites. I use grape tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese cubes.  I usually purchase in the block, and cut my own to size.  It is nice if the cube…

roasted tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons

I felt “Fall” in the air this past weekend in Michigan.  I must admit, I love this season the best of all of the seasons of the year.  The brisk mornings and the changing leaves make the season so comfortable for me.  I have been looking at many recipes over the past few weeks just…

open faced tomato sandwiches

all of my summer tomatoes have ripened and for the past few weeks, i have been making a variety of recipes to take advantage of their delicious homegrown taste. this past week, i made open-faced tomato sandwiches. this process is really not even a recipe, but just a personal preference on how to make a…

late summer in the garden — green tea goddess hand soap

after an August vacation week, i returned home to find many of my tomatoes ripe and ready for our next dinner.  although the hot summer sun in Michigan could never compare to our week in Florida, the tomatoes look beautifully colored red. several are still developing, but my largest harvest so far this year has…

tomato cheese bruschetta

  appetizer time.  here is an old standby that i haven’t made in years.  toast some crusty bread with seasoned garlic butter for about ten minutes.  add some mozzarella cheese and tomato topping in a jar.  i sprinkled the tops with chopped parsley and baked at 350 degrees for another ten minutes.  delicious! this can…

baked Parmesan tomatoes

i found this recipe in eating well magazine — august/september 2006 for this dish, tomatoes are sliced in 1/4 inch slices.  i used a baking dish to prepare the tomatoes, but they could also be prepared on a baking sheet.  for the recipe, i would recommend selecting larger size tomatoes, rather than Roma tomatoes. slice…

tomato feta Christmas salad

Some of the most basic recipes seem to often be my family’s favorites.  This recipe is perfect for Christmas as it uses red and green ingredients. Of course, this salad can be used year-round, but I seem to gravitate to red and green foods to highlight my holiday table each year.  I use my own…

red wine pasta sauce

here is a spin on making your own pasta sauce.  for an enhanced flavor profile, add red wine.  after the summer abundance of fresh tomatoes, that i had cooked and frozen for later use, i decided to turn some of them into red wine pasta sauce.  i found this recipe in my magazine collection of…

home grown tomatoes

my edible garden this year was in full production during the month of August, right into September.  each day i would harvest a bowl or more of tomatoes from my three tomato plants.  i purchased my plants this year online from The Cooks Garden.  these plants were outstanding and produced so many tomatoes, i could…