Kitchen Gadgets – Tomato Slicers

I know this is late in “tomato season” like it is here in Michigan. Plan ahead for next year and buy yourself one of these tomato slicers. I have been using this gadget for a few years and I absolutely love it. I have always had trouble cutting a straight thin slice of tomato for … Continue reading

Lasagna Updated

I have been making my traditional lasagna for many years as just about everyone in my family likes it except for a few vegetarians.    I always have extra sauce to serve over spaghetti for them or the younger kids so no one is ever left out. As a matter of fact it is one of … Continue reading

Ina’s Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

This is the last fresh tomato sauce from my small garden for the 2014 growing season here in Michigan.  I have had a bumper crop of tomatoes and my herbs always do well.   I have been busy using tomatoes with veggies, salads and sauces or just eating them on their own.  My herbs, such … Continue reading

New Orleans Okra and Tomatoes

My first trip to New Orleans in July with my two sisters – a city that never goes to sleep…  I cannot even imagine how it is during Mardis Gras!  If you are looking for something different and full of action pay a visit to this historic city.  Of all the traveling I have done … Continue reading

Caprese Salad Stacks

When I first saw the pictures and recipe for this beautiful salad I knew I would have to make it when my fresh basil was ready to be picked.  So, today is the day (6-7-14) to try out this pretty salad using Kumato tomatoes, fresh mozarella, homemade pesto (from last year) and a balsamic glaze. … Continue reading

Marinara Dipping Sauce

I am posting this recipe at the recent request from a long-time blogging friend.  We were chatting about this type of sauce and she asked if I would post my recipe.   I have not published this one yet so of course I will share it now and the recipe is below.  This one is for you Liz… … Continue reading

Tortellini Do Forni

It is always fun to look at an old recipe and wonder where it came from.  My old recipe file created by Gene had me list each pasta recipe with pas1, pas2, and so on.  This was my first pasta recipe I recorded which tells me I  have had it quite awhile.   If a recipe was an appetizer … Continue reading

Rosemary Chicken with a Tomato-Balsamic Sauce

This is a Weight Watcher’s chicken recipe using fresh tomatoes and one of my favorite herbs, rosemary.  Normally, rosemary does not overwinter in Michigan, but when I put it right next to the south side of my home it is has come back for 2 years now.  So, no more digging it up and bringing … Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Basil Tomatoes

I just loveeee fresh tomatoes and I eat them in some form almost every day during the growing season in Michigan.  There are a lot of things you can do with tomatoes in a salad (see my recipe for Insalata Caprese   which has no sugar and fresh mozarella cheese).  Or Gene’s favorite was chopped up tomatoes and cucumbers with some … Continue reading