Penne with Tomato Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella

   August 31, 2012 1:05 pm

It’s tomato canning weekend at my house, at long last. It’s the first weekend we’ve had free in what seems like months, and the tomatoes are practically crawling into the kitchen on their own. It’s time to buckle down. After all the jars of diced tomatoes and salsa are done, though, I’m hoping to have…

Dry-Rubbed Spareribs

   August 30, 2012 2:47 pm

I almost licked my screen a moment ago. That’s where there was a picture of Grilled Peppered Dry Spareribs from Epicurious. For some reason, the image of intensely seasoned grilled meat grabbed my inner carnivore and shook it awake, throwing off my over-vegetable-ized stupor. There’s only so much tomato and basil I can eat, apparently,…

Book-drawing Wednesday — and Felafel With Hummus

   August 29, 2012 12:30 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the book drawings this week. “Wild Sugar” goes to Linda Sipple, and “Homemade Ice Cream” goes to Janis Millu. I’ll pop them in the mail today. This week’s book didn’t have much of a title, “Culinary Creativity: Let Your Restrictions Set You Free: Breakfast to Dessert Over 110 Gluten-free, Dairy-free…

Book-Drawing Wednesday — and Roasted Peaches

   August 22, 2012 12:01 pm

Sorry I was out last week, especially to book-drawing devotees. I went on vacation and some of you were none too happy about it. As penance, I’ll give away two books in this week’s drawing. This is also related to the fact that I’m DROWNING in dessert books. My desk is in a sugar coma….

Black Beans and Rice satisfy my craving

   August 21, 2012 10:18 am

On our recent vacation with John’s immediate family, we cooked most of our meals in the kitchen of his parents’ timeshare. One night, though, we went out to a “Brazilian” restaurant, where servers brought roasted meat on skewers and sliced it onto our plates. The meat choices seemed endless, and most were delicious, but first…

Back in the saddle: With Pizza Rolls

   August 20, 2012 3:10 pm

As the school year approaches, I’m somehow feeling compelled to become Serious Conscientious Mom, rather than Whatever It’s Summer Mom. First and foremost, I’m starting to get worried about my son’s diet. He loves fruit and chicken, fat-free baloney and eggs, yes. But he also likes Ramen noodles (had at a friend’s house), Fiber One…

I say ‘tomato,’ and ‘Tomato Hummus Naan Pizza’

   August 10, 2012 3:22 pm

Those first precious red globes of summer are making their ways from backyard vines onto kitchen cutting boards. For those not fortunate enough to have their own, local growers are more than happy to serve them up at local stands and supermarkets. Wegmans is celebrating them in a big way today and Saturday, offering up…

Book Drawing Wednesday, and Strawberry Cupcakes

   August 8, 2012 1:09 pm

I’ve been getting some really over-the-top cookbooks lately. I thought Vegan a La Mode about vegan ice “cream” (this week’s drawing) was a little out there, but this week’s book, “Hello Cupcake!” by Leila Lindholm is even more exotic. All the recipes list ingredients in weights (ounces), rather than volume (cups). This is the best…

Tomatoes all tarted up

   August 7, 2012 10:54 am

Roasted tomatoes in any form are welcome in my gullet anytime. Add goat cheese, sour cream and mustard, and I start start gazing off into space, distracted and oblivious. I suppose there are some who would say I’m like that all the time, but they’d be wrong. It’s more like half the time: the half…

Honeydew redux in panzanella

   August 2, 2012 12:42 pm

Sorry if Melon Panzanella seems a little out of left field. I don’t want anyone wrinkling their nose, but I think this is so creative, I want to try it myself, which is my most important criteria. The only caveat is that the only way this salad will work is with one of those tender,…