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Tomato Sandwich, My Way

Here is my favorite tomato “sandwich” which I make in a bread pan to serve eight. The recipe could not be simpler to make and it is a refreshing lunch on a hot summer’s day. Granted I only do this when my beefsteak tomatoes are ripe for the picking. The …

Basil Bliss

The basil crop is ready and lush; planted under row covers, it allows water and sunlight in and bugs out. Beside making pesto and using it fresh in everything from potato salad to desserts (a future post), I like to freeze the leaves, unwashed (because once wet, forget it…

Fruit-full Summer

Strawberry season is almost behind us and in its place blueberries and raspberries and cherries are ours for summer eating. There are so many ways to enjoy the fruits of summer including this wonderful tart; recipe is below with a variation but you can use any summer frui…

Cast Iron Pan Grilled Meat Loaf

I tried something new; cooking a meatloaf in a cast iron pan on my gas grill. Couple of tips; preheat the grill to 400F then cook the meatloaf over indirect heat. Invest in an instant read thermometer to gauge when the meatloaf is cooked and that would be 160F in the thic…

Glorious Asparagus

Fresh asparagus is one of the glories of spring and a nifty way to serve it is to coat the trimmed spears in olive oil and roll them in a mixture of raw sesame seeds, grated cheese and a pinch of salt. Place them on a non stick baking pan and roast them at 350F until the …