Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tomato Salad---Simple

Assemble the salad with slices of tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella slices. Sprinkle extra virgin olive oil over the salad. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar and a very light sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Tomatoes from your garden make it even more delicious. Try it as a whole meal on any night


Thursday, July 12, 2007

What's In Your Oven?

Apricot Cobbler

Plum Cobbler

Plum, Nectarine, Apricot, Blueberry, Cherry

These are the easy fruits to work with, just pit and slice. Although cherries are a bit more work, they are so worth it. Serve it to the queen when she comes.

Peaches are also worth the peeling and the pitting. The queen will give you recomendation on this one as well.

If there is not official royality around, I guarantee your family will think you devine
Now, are they not more important anyway??!!!!

~~~~~The Cobbler~~~~~
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp of white sugar

10 fresh plums or more (I use Santa Rosa, but any plums will do), sliced and seeded - about 4 cups

2 Tbsp corn starch

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butterat room temperature

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten
A splash of Almond Extract is also a nice addition

~~~~~Preheat oven to 350°F.~~~~~~

In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup white sugar, plums, cornstarch and cinnamon.
Place the fruit mixture in a 2-quart casserole.
In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 2 Tablespoons of sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
Cut the butter in with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. If butter is at room temperature, your fingers work it up in a snap.
Stir in the milk and egg until just moistened.
Drop batter on fruit using an ice cream scoop.
Bake in a 350°F oven for 35 minutes.
Serves 6. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Fried Green Tomatoes, After the Ripe Ones

Here are my Romas. The first time I have grown them and I too, as another blogger noted, wish I had planted more. I have about 8 varities, some are heilooms but this Roma is the one almost ready to go.
In California I have been known to harvest my tomatoes until late November. It just depends when the real cold hits and it is usually later. But, the fall back are fried green tomatoes.
Try these 2 recipes, you will be well rewarded with flavor!!!

4 to 6 green tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
salt and pepper
flour for dusting
2 eggs, beaten
cornmeal or Panko Bread crumbs
Olive Oil
Salt and pepper the tomato slices; dust lightly with flour. Dip slices in beaten egg, letting excess drip off, then coat well with meal or crumbs. Fry oil until browned, turning gently (about 3 minutes each side).
Keep warm in a low 200° to 250° oven if frying in batches
Green tomato relish recipe with cabbage and onions, along with bell peppers and green tomatoes.
1 quart ground onions
1 quart ground cabbage, about 1 large head
1 quart ground green tomatoes
18 bell peppers, a combination of green, red, and other colors, ground*
1/2 cup salt
6 cups sugar
4 cups vinegar
2 cups water
2 tablespoons celery seed
1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
Combine onions, cabbage, green tomatoes, green and red bell peppers and salt; cover and let stand overnight. In the morning drain well. Put vegetables in a large kettle; add sugar, vinegar, water, celery seed and tumeric. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Pack into hot sterilized pint jars.Seal and process in a boiling water canner for 5 minutes.

(1,001 to 6,000 feet, process 10 minutes) *Red bell peppers can be expensive, but they are sweeter and add color to the relish. Makes 8 to 10 pints.
  • I am a Cuisinart Food Processor fan and it will make quick work of a small job or large.
Chopping the vegatables for the relish is a breeze.


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