Roasted Tomato Sauce


Monday was the first day of fall, and, like clockwork, it rained. Boom. On Sunday I was complaining about the 90 degree sunshine, and then it was gone.

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Polenta with Sausage and Mozzarella

This post was supposed to be about Mocha Gingerbread Cookies.  But I ate them.  All of them.  Before taking a picture.  Sigh.  It’s just been that kind of week. Continue reading

Cherry Tomato and Tomatillo Salsa

tomato tomatillo salsa

August is always a blur for me, even though it may be my favorite month–good weather, vacations, my garden at the peak of production . . . why do the good times go so quickly? Don’t answer that.

Of all my garden goodies, I think cherry tomatoes must be my favorite.  They are so sweet and flavorful, right off the bush, there is always a huge bounty of them, and they need almost no attention or coddling.  If I could sing, or play an instrument, or write music, I think I would write an ode to the cherry tomato.  Let’s all count ourselves lucky that I’m not musically inclined.

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Gazpacho–The Lazy Way

gazpachoA good friend of mine has an amazing recipe for gazpacho, which she has made for me several times, and which my husband has made at least once.  Me?  Not so much.  As mouth-watering as the gazpacho is–and it is, trust me–it requires things like blanching, peeling, seeding, and chopping all the tomatoes, and cubing good bread and soaking it in water and then pressing out all that water, and then pureeing things in batches and mixing things together and . . . do you see where I’m going with this?

You may or may not have noticed something of a theme on this here blog . . . let’s call it “quick and easy”.  That sounds so much nicer than “lazy”.  And really, for me the key is efficiency.  I spend enough time in the kitchen as it is with my chocolate business, so I don’t tend to linger there when it comes to home cooking.  Even though I love food, and actually, I love cooking.  Ah, conundrums.

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