Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Better Home Cooking Basics: #39 Choose Eggplants that are Firm & have Fresh Green Stems.



Chris & I spent a glorious week in the NY Finger Lakes last week. On our sad (sad because the end of vacation is always sad) trek home we stopped at this uber farmers market to pick up some local produce for Chris' parents & ourselves. Eggplant was one of the veggies we scored. We got to talking about eggplants with our family & realized that besides that we like to eat them we didn't really know a lot about them. So I took to the innerwebs to find this super basic tip on how to pick the best eggplant at the stand: Choose firm, even hard eggplants. You don't want them to be mushy or have any soft spots.  Then look at the stem. If it's fresh & green looking you've found your plant - if not keep searching because those shriveled & dried leaves are not the ones to bring home to mom!

Now that you have your fresh eggplant try this or this recipe!

 Get more of my better home cooking basics here

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fresh & Simple Tomato Salad with Poached Egg Pasta

I hope you’ve liked the tomato posts this week & have given my Fresh & Simple Tomato Salad a try at your house. Today, I have one last rendition for you to amp up this basic recipe. Today I’m making a meal out of it by  adding some pasta &  poached eggs.

If you’ve tried any of these tomato salad recipes this week I’d love to hear which you loved best. Drop me a line in the comments below. Happy Friday!




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Tomato Wine Pairing

For this week's Thirsty Thursday post I asked Tamara at Bottle Rush for the perfect pairing for one of my favorite ways to eat salmon, Salmon & Melting Cherry Tomatoes.  Tamara was quick to respond, “As soon as I saw this recipe I knew the perfect pairing for this dish - A Pinot Noir from New Zealand. This light red wine is bursting with cherry and strawberry fruit notes to complement the tomato topping but is light enough so it won't overpower the delicate salmon. The other great news about this pairing is over on the other side of the world (NZ) they haven't heard that Pinot Noir should cost an arm and a leg so you can still get great value (this wine costs under $20).”

Are you interested in seeing a specific dish you’ve seen here (or elsewhere) paired with the perfect wine? If so let me know by leaving a comment below.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fresh & Simple Tomato Salad Crostini


It’s tomato week here & I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am. I heart tomatoes! As promised I’m back with a different take on Monday’s Fresh & Simple Tomato Salad recipe. Today, I bring you Fresh & Simple Tomato Salad Crostini. It’s a perfect summer appetizer that you can make on the grill & serve while you’re still grilling your meats & veggies. I like to serve mine on the cutting board I cut the bread on - again less dishes makes a happy Heather!