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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tomatoes Provencale

I got this recipe from the Arizona Daily Star. I usually make a bread crumb version of these, but this is better. I use a little less oil than called for.

Tomatoes Provencale
Serves: 6
• 6 hot-house, heirloom or your favorite tomatoes
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic
• 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme; dry thyme can be substituted
• 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
• Sea salt
• Cracked pepper
Cut the tomatoes in half and cut a sliver off the ends so they will lie flat. Discard the ends.
Place the open or cut sides up, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, rub the open halves with fresh chopped garlic, sprinkle with sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, thyme.
Bake for 20 minutes at 375. Remove from the oven and sprinkle fresh Parmesan cheese over top the tomatoes and place back into the oven for 5-7 minutes until the cheese has a golden color.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Advice About Vegetables

Here is some of Dad's beautiful pak choy. I cooked the first smaller heads whole, but these were a little larger so I cut them into slices, sauteed them in a little oil until seared, stir-fried in some garlic and minced ginger, and dressed them with this sauce from Jack Bishop. Searing the pak choy really adds to its character and flavor. Pour in this sauce at the end and let it boil up for a few seconds.

1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

And now to the matter of zucchini. It's really important to cut it into small pieces! I'm convinced that people who don't think they like zucchini are really just averse to large, wet chunks of it. I usually cut it in quarters lengthwise, then into small slices. In the dish above it is sauteed with garlic, then cherry tomatoes and black olives are added near the end. I believe I also added oregano, salt, and pepper.