Tomatoes!

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“I like tomato,  you like to-mah-to.  Let’s call the whole thing off.” George Gershwin

imageAnd I say whatever you call ’em, enjoy tomatoes as often as you can while they’re in season. Nothing compares in taste as the sun ripened juicy orbs we enjoy at this time of year!  I seriously eat  tomatoes every single day they are in season and never tire of simple sliced tomatoes with salt, pepper and shredded basil.  If your’re looking  to make the most of the season’s bounty, here are my top 12 most popular tomato recipes.( You can access the recipe by clicking on the highlighted titles). Substitute fresh tomatoes in all recipes and seek heirloom varieties when you can as they are often sweeter than the hybrids more commonly grown.  Heirlooms have firmer flesh and their sweetness bumps up the essence of tomatoey goodness.  Wishing you plenty of vine ripened tomatoes as summer wanes.  Enjoy often! Continue reading

Mediterranean Chicken Couscous Salad

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Calling this dish a salad is a bit of a misnomer. It is more of a substantial meal in a bowl,  bursting  with flavors and textures.  I first enjoyed it at my friend Jodi’s, where every bite surprised and delighted,  prompting me  and to ask for the recipe.  Why did it take me several years then, to try making it?   Well, there are a lot of ingredients in the recipe and one has to plan accordingly before making it.   It can’t just be thrown together.  The lemony basil  dressing is marvellous and it makes the dish. Continue reading