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you say tomato… I say soup!

So yesterday was the weekly CSA basket pick-up… once I got mine and saw the abundance of tomatoes in it the decision was simple… roasted garlic tomato soup!
First I chopped the tomatoes up and smashed a few garlic cloves… everything then was tossed with olive oil, fresh pepper and some salt. Into the oven for a little over an hour on a low temp helped extract the sweetness of the tomatoes and provide a toasty element, while turning the garlic into something, well magical!
Once roasted, it was into the food processor and pulsed, pulsed, pulsed… then into a cast iron pot, along with some homemade stock to help thin out this story, a thyme bundle and then set to simmer for a bit.
After its bath, it was into a bowl, garnished with some rich finishing oil and a sultry dollop of creme fraiche… ahhh heavenly!!
Even though the temps were warm and the humidity up, there was no better way to enjoy those gorgeous, tasty and colorful gems! Now to wonder what next weeks basket will offer…

at a low simmer…

-R

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plump and juicy…

Tonight I used the gorgeous, plump tomatoes that I received in my weekly CSA basket!
Just a simple tomato salad made up of sliced red onion, some salt and olive oil… that was it!
The chunky tomatoes played beautifully against the red onion and provided a lovely sweetness to the light spice from the red onion…
How I hope next weeks basket has much of the same!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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bursting [literally] with flavor…

So tonight for dinner, I utilized the beautiful pint of heirloom tomatoes that arrived in my CSA basket! Once I noticed them peeking out at me, I couldn’t contain myself and had to sneak a taste of one of those plump little jewels! Wow the flavor was intense, almost candy-like… and what better way to enjoy them than in a garden fresh pasta dish!
I dry roasted the tomatoes and then tossed them into a pan with some garlic and olive oil until the tomatoes gently finished bursting, letting a ‘sauce’ develop. Into the sauce went some cooked whole wheat pasta, chopped basil leaves [from my garden], a pinch of crushed red pepper and some freshly grated pecorino romano… a vigorous stir and it was time to plate and garnish!
Sweet from the tomatoes, spicy from the crushed red pepper and slightly salty from the pecorino… This was such a light and delicious meal, there was practically nothing left for someone’s lunch tomorrow… I might be in trouble!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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green with envy…

Tonight I again dove into my CSA basket to determine what would be a great element to add as a side dish to tonight’s dinner…
To my delight there were some beautiful haricot vert that squealed ‘blanch and shock me, then lube me up with some garlic, crushed red pepper and olive oil’… WOW those skinny little beans are dirty talkers! Lucky for them, I am not shy so I did as requested and boy oh boy we’re these sexy things tasty! It’s truly amazing the difference in flavor when you are getting firsthand, farm fresh produce. These were crisp, sweet, a touch spicy and full of garlicky goodness! I could have finished off an entire bushel of these beauties… why is there never enough of something to eat when you’re enjoying??

at a low simmer…
-R

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