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Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread is a classic Italian treat and can be used on a piece of bruschetta or toasted bread, as a condiment for a sandwich with prosciutto cotto and provola, and even spooned into a sauce for added flavor.  Our version is made with, among other ingredients, homemade olive oil cured sun dried tomatoes, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Sun-Dried Tomato [...]

Summer Salads: Grilled Zucchini and Onion with Feta and Basil, Cucumber and Carrot, and Tomato and Red Onion

Summer Salads: Grilled Zucchini and Onion with Feta and Basil, Cucumber and Carrot, and Tomato and Red Onion

The summer is a joyous season for various reasons and tonight we’ve discovered yet another; namely, the summer salad.  The summer salad has many forms and it often materializes without much thought.  For example, tonight we glanced at our bounty of summer vegetables and assembled three salads to go along with our grilled, whole, chicken: Grilled Zucchini and Onion with [...]

Eight Things to Do with Tomatoes

Eight Things to Do with Tomatoes

Tomato season is just about to kick off here in our part of the country and we thought we’d share our favorite ways to use the ripe and luscious vegetable (specifically, Eight Things to Do with Tomatoes ).   I’m sure everyone would agree that the tomato season doesn’t last long enough and when it does arrive you one can [...]

Olive Tomato Tapenade

Olive Tomato Tapenade

Olive Tomato Tapenade Tapenade has its origins in the south of France and usually consists of finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies, and extra virgin olive oil.  In Provence, tapenade is spread on thin toast or bread and is consumed as a light snack or hors d’œuvre. Our black olive and tomato tapenade recipe is a variation of our standard tomato [...]

Tomato Salad with Mozzarella

Tomato Salad with Mozzarella

Travel to any home in Southern Italy during the summer months and one dish will stand out as universal; namely, the mighty, yet simple, tomato salad.  During our extended stay in Calabria we consumed tomato salad after tomato salad and never tired of the ripe tomatoes (grown from heirloom seeds), sweet basil, Cipolle di Tropea (famous red onions from Tropea), and [...]

Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

Christine from our Facebook fan page recently asked if we had a marinara sauce recipe and my quick answer was that we haven’t documented it on the site but we make it consistently during the summer months.  Christine’s question also made us think deeply about the difference between tomato sauace and marinara (and there are many), not touching on the further differentiation associated with [...]

Pan Simmered Whole Dried Cod With Tomatoes and Potatoes (Pesce Stocco or Stoccafisso)

Pan Simmered Whole Dried Cod With Tomatoes and Potatoes (Pesce Stocco or Stoccafisso)

There are certain foods that stimulate the brain like a night in downtown Tokyo (with it’s neon glitter and masses of humanity).  For us, stockfish or pesce stocco, the native Calabrian dish (specifically from the region around Cittanova) triggers tremendoud food memories of my grandmother Rosa and her basement kitchen in New Jersey. Pesce stocco, the dried not salted cod fish, [...]

Dehydrating Tomatoes: Making Your Own Sun Dried Tomatoes

Dehydrating Tomatoes: Making Your Own Sun Dried Tomatoes

The following is a guest post from our friend and loyal fan, Dr. K.  Click here for all of Dr. K.’s guest posts. You don’t have to be an Italian or of Italian descent to recognize the heralded position that the tomato holds in the pantheon of Italian cuisine.  But without some careful planning, it is not possible for most [...]

Tomatoes in Season: Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

Tomatoes in Season: Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

(photo: lovely friends are rare in life, lovely friends who give you heirloom tomatoes are the equivalent of Saints; thank you Dr. K.)  One of the loveliest times of the year for individuals enamored with food here in the northeastern section of the United States is late August because, amongst other fruits and vegetables, the tomato crop is in full swing.  Here in New [...]

Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta

The simple tomato bruschetta is my go-to dinner party appetizer because it’s easy to prepare and universally accepted as looking and tasting great. Our simply recipe includes: Ingredients and Process: Finely diced ripe tomatoes (Roma, Plum, or San Marzano varieties are best) Finely diced red onion Very good extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper Dried oregano Shredded basil. [...]