Thursday, August 29, 2013
A bit of a warm breakfast on a heat-soaked morning, but the cooking is minimal and the food is a fine change from summer yogurt and fresh fruit. Make your coffee first because once you begin making this sweet little meal, it'll need your undivided attention. Use up some of those ever-ripening Minnesota --Indiana, Illinois, Aix-en-Provence, New Jersey-- tomatoes. Just add a few ruby-red slices to your ricotta-slathered toast along with an egg and a little julienne basil, et voila, you're at the table! Here's how:
ricotta toast with basil egg 1 serving (repeat for more)
Read through recipe before cooking.
Monday, August 19, 2013
|Huge zucchini--sliced very thinly and sauteed--then fanned into the caprese.|
I'd like to say this little meal came up during my salad days.
But I can't put that down without a little head tilt and one-sided smile.
From Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, 1606:CLEOPATRA: My salad days,
When I was green in judgment: cold in blood,
To say as I said then! But, come, away;
Get me ink and paper:
He shall have every day a several greeting,
Or I'll unpeople Egypt.
Posted by Alyce at 8:26 AM
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
In Saint Paul, we have a plethora of farmer's markets. Naturally the best--or largest-- is on Saturday mornings downtown. And, if you're hungry, you can have a great breakfast sandwich and a big coffee from Golden's Deli. But if you don't have the time or the inclination (it's crowded), you can go to one of the other markets.
On Thursdays, you can go to the Capitol. It's a small market, but is full of the best of the best. Like tomatoes.
Friday, August 9, 2013
I'm not sure there's anything like a summer salad that appears to be a Niçoise-Caprese mix. It's the best of summer flavors combined and makes you feel as if you're in Italy and France at the same time. Especially if you've added grilled eggplant and zucchini along with a lemon-basil vinaigrette.
I never pass the fish and seafood in the store without seeing if something's on the fire sale. $9 OFF a pound is a fire sale for fresh tuna. It means they have to get rid of it that day, preferably immediately. I'm willing to eat that tuna. I'm happy to run home and cook it straight away. Here's what I did with it,which was all dependent on what I had in the fridge and on the counter after a visit to the market at the Capitol in Saint Paul:
Monday, August 5, 2013
|Fresh sliced cherry tomatoes are hidden at the bottom of the bowl for a surprise.|
|My basil died while I was gone. Market had plants 3 for $10 this week. I'm starting over.|
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Ina Garten's appetizers are, like all of her recipes, lovely and luscious, but while making this I kept remembering how often Ina speaks about simple, store-bought appetizers like