Pan con Tomate

September 14, 2012

With the summer tomatoes better than ever now, it’s  a perfect time to enjoy this classic from the north of Spain. Start with a great slice of bread and grill it or toast it up. Then, simply rub the rough surface with a clove of garlic followed by a good rub of the cut side of a ripe tomato. A sprinkle of coarse salt (and a little drizzle of olive oil if you’d like) and you are done and done. Eaten as a snack  or as part of a light lunch as they serve it up at Sunday Supper,  the key here lies in the ingredients. Use the best rustic bread you can get your hands on and go that extra mile to get a great tomato from a local farmers market or country farm stand. You might even try knocking out a homemade loaf yourself with this recipe from The Fresh Loaf. Any way you get it done…treat yourself and just do it.  You’ll find yourself wondering why you never made this before.

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/2984/jasons-quick-coccodrillo-ciabatta-bread

http://sunday-suppers.com/midday-meal-asparagus-sformato-fondanta-pan-con-tomate/

sicilian potato gratin

May 11, 2012

I’ve adjusted this BonAppetite recipe using new potatoes with the skins on instead of the Russets. This simplifies the prep and gives it a slightly different texture which I love. Plan on serving this with grilled lamb chops and asparagus for the perfect Mother’s Day dinner.  

 http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2008/03/sicilian_style_potato_gratin

You say potato…

March 10, 2012

I say I can’t wait for summer. I need a fix now! Gather up a few redskins, some spring onions, a couple of hard boiled eggs, celery and radishes. You are all set my friend…while the potaoes are boiling you can prep  your vegetables and mix up that dressing. Toss it all together and you’ve got potato salad…winter for me is now officially over, no matter what the calendar says. SIMPLE. I love this alone for lunch…but hey, did someone say ribs???

Banana Fana Wha ?

January 4, 2012

OK…I did NO baking over the holidays so there was no excuse not to whip something simple up from a surplus of ripe bananas. Luckily I found this recipe card from Starbucks to help. Easy enough to accomplish with hand utensils ( my favorite being this olive wood paddle/spoon/? from Williams-Sonoma)…no power needed in prep.  And 45-60 minutes later your have this beauty! Simple enough. Quiet enough.

A quick note: I in no way had the two tablespoons of buttermilk…but, half and half with a splash of cider vinegar stood in nicely. Again, simple.