Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

Tomato Caper Tilapia

August 18, 2009

Lately, I’ve been up to my elbows in tomatoes. This? is a good thing. The boyfriend and I have been hitting the farmers’ market week after week since our return from Rome, and tomatoes are tops on our list. Our tomato purchases seem to increase from week to week because they’re just that good and there’s so much you can do with them. This week, he was in New York for a bachelor party and I went to the market alone. We’re heading to the beach next weekend, which means no market for us (we’ll hit some of the produce stands on the way up). So what did I stock up on? Tomatoes? The bag was so heavy I had to lift it with both arms, tilt backward to counter the weight so I wouldn’t fall forward and land on my face. But I had to have them.

A light, fresh tasting meal with a complement of asparagus and artisan bread.

A light, fresh tasting meal with a complement of asparagus and artisan bread.

Because what is summer without tomatoes, after all? The ones you find at most grocery stores are flavorless and hard. Their flesh is orangey instead of a marvelous red. You can’t smell them and you can hardly taste them. Even in summer when tomatoes are in season, there’s really no comparison between store and soil. And the heirloom tomatoes! If you only went to the store, you’d never know about Mr. Stripey or the Cherokee Purple?

I’ve making lots of salads and salsa and slicing them up for caprese salad and for burgers. I’ve been throwing them into sauce pans and cooking up spaghetti puttanesca. I’ve been dicing them up and cooking it with fish, and in this recipe in particular, which is so good that I want to tip the tomatoes directly into my mouth and skip the fish altogether. But trust me, the fish and the sauce together? As my friend Rob would say, it’s ACES.

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Tomato Lentil Curry Stew

November 12, 2008
Tomato Lentil Curry Stew

Tomato Lentil Curry Stew

In tough economic times, frugality often stretches into the kitchen. After a little shock and awe I experienced upon seeing what I had spent on groceries last month, I thought, hey, Rice, let’s reign in that credit card use! And let’s exercise some self-control! And so, my first thought was that it was time to really commit to making more vegetarian meals.

A bag of dried lentils inspired me to hunt for something legumey. A quick search of my favorite recipe site, Allrecipes.com, led to this recipe for Tomato-Lentil Curry Stew. A few adjustments here and there, due to what was available in my kitchen, and how hearty I wanted the stew, led me to make the following adjustments, and what resulted was a flavorful, thick, and healthy stew (only about 200 calories per serving) that went great with some homemade garlic-rosemary foccacia, which I will post about soon, I hope.

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Tomato, tomato

September 3, 2008
The kind of good that makes your head go whoo, whoo!

The kind of good that makes your head go "whoo, whoo!"

The end of summer brings with it a bumper crop of fine, red, ripe tomatoes. My neighborhood grocery store recently had a sale on locally grown tomatoes ($1.00/lb.) and being my mother’s daughter, I had to stock up. What a deal, and a tasty one at that!

Locally grown and bursting with flavor

Locally grown and bursting with flavor

These suckers were the reddest tomatoes I have seen on my 27 years on this green earth. They were fragrant and flavorful to boot. Cutting them open was akin to cracking open a cave of rubies (you know, the ones that exist in the imaginations of 8 year-olds).

This picture does not do it justice

This picture does not do it justice

There were a number of cookery possibilities before me. I knew, though, that I didn’t want to cook them. I wanted the tomatoes to retain their fresh-off-the-vine quality. My first though was SALSA! Matzo makes an excellent, excellent salsa, and so I thought to mimic her with a few adjustments of my own here and here. (more…)