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Roasted cherry tomatoes–Who needs candy?

Though you may not have access to hundreds of luscious sun gold cherry tomatoes the way I do, fret not. You too can have awesome deliciousness. Roasting a cherry tomato, even one that is store-bought, will turn a decent taste into an exceptional one. I usually prefer my sun-golds straight up and unadulterated, but roasting […]

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Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Combining watermelon and tomato is all the rage, but it does sound like an odd partnership, doesn’t it? Well, don’t make any judgments until you’ve tried it, because it’s truly awesome. Sweet, tart, crisp, juicy and, above all,…fresh. And after a month’s worth of caprese salads, it’s time to change things up a bit. Here’s […]

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Roasting Tomatoes

You simply can’t let  all those ripe tomatoes sitting on your kitchen counter go to waste! If you grow your own tomatoes, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the seemingly endless supply in your garden. Or perhaps you bought too many at the farmer’s market. Since the season is so short, why not […]

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Farmer’s Market bounty

Farmers’ Markets have their full complement of produce this month, so hopefully this will inspire you to be creative with your favorite fruits and vegetables. –Make a summery salad of watermelon chunks and cherry tomatoes with feta or goat cheese, topped off with chopped mint and pistachios, and tossed with red vinegar and oil. It’s […]

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Friday Food Critics 8/21

Tune in on Friday to hear the Food Critics, on KCUR’s Walt Bodine Show at 10:00 AM. That’s  89.3 FM, or you can listen on your computer at http://www.kcur.org/waltbodine.html. The second half discussion will be about fresh fruit–where to find the best local fruit as well as what menus around town are using summer fruit […]

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Tomato Time Two

This season’s crop of tomatoes will be gone well before I’ve had my fill,  so I’ll try to include them in at least part of every dinner I serve for the next few weeks. For a striking presentation, spread a variety of heirloom tomato slices (yellow, orange and purple, not just red) on a platter, […]

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Tomato Time

Heinz seems proud to boast of 57 varieties of ketchup, but did you realize that there are actually 10,000 varieties of tomatoes? My favorite is the Sungold, a tiny, orange sphere of heaven. Popping them in my mouth like grapes, they burst with summer and a profound sweetness not found in common cherry red tomatoes. […]

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