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Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

I grow tomatoes in my garden during the summer, and that typically means that my kitchen is completely overflowing with tomatoes. My tomatoes seem to ripen in waves, so when I have a fresh batch, I usually rush to use them up before the next wave hits. I make pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and store it in the freezer for later use. I make ... Read More »

Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Avocado Chimichurri

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at Border Grill. All of the food was fantastic, but one of the most memorable dishes was an avocado chimichurri that was served with tomatoes on top of crostini. It was the California version of bruschetta and it was delicious. I got the recipe after lunch and tried it out a few times at home. It’s easy to ... Read More »

Chicago Metallic Stuff-It-Up Pan

Chicago Metallic Stuff-It-Up Pan

As we head in to spring and summer, not only do we start to see more flavorful tomatoes, peppers and other veggies start to appear in stores and markets, but we’re a lot more likely to want to eat them than we are during the winter, when many people seek out heartier comfort foods. Stuffed peppers and tomatoes are often a particular favorite, since they’re ... Read More »

What are heirloom tomatoes?

Heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are non-hybrid tomatoes that come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Heirloom tomatoes are no longer something that you only find at farmers’ markets – although you will definitely be able to find top quality heirlooms at your local markets during the summer – because they’ve been gaining popularity over the past several years and demand for them has increased ... Read More »

Summer Tomato Gratin with Garlic Parmesan Topping

Tomato Gratin

There are so many ways to put fresh tomatoes to good use in the summertime. You can put them in salads, roast them in the oven to pair with bread or pasta, and you can turn them into an irresistible gazpacho. This Summer Tomato Gratin with Garlic Parmesan Topping is just one more delicious way to enjoy tomatoes. I was inspired by a piece that ... Read More »

5 Great Recipes to Beat the Heat during a Heat Wave

Grilled Pizza and Salmorejo

During a heat wave, most of us aren’t thinking about turning on our ovens and baking up a couple of batches of cookies. That prospect is not nearly as appealing as it is during the winter, when the idea of working in front of a warm oven sounds very appealing. In the summer, we want air conditioning, refreshment and, most importantly, nothing that will make ... Read More »

Chocolate Spice Tomato Soup Cupcakes

Chocolate Tomato Cupcakes

Although it sounds like it uses a strange combination of ingredients, my Tomato Soup Cake is a big hit every time that I make it. The moist, spicy cake is an old recipe and is very flavorful. You would never guess that it calls for condensed tomato soup in the recipe – most people just ask for seconds! I usually make the recipe as a ... Read More »

Tomato Juice Cake

Tomato Juice Cake

Some of my favorite cookbooks are not slick hardbound volumes full of colorful photos. Some of them are old, well-used booklets of simple recipes that were put together decades ago for church and school groups with recipes from neighborhood mothers and wives. The colorful books are still wonderful, of course, but there is nothing like seeing some of the recipes that were popular – for ... Read More »

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