ROASTED CAMPARI TOMATOES!!

Cut side up, on a foil lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, shaved garlic, fresh thyme, salt & pepper. Roast at 425 till you get a nice carmelized color on them!

One staple that I always have in my home, are these little gems!! I can’t say enough about them! Long gone are the days of the tasteless winter tomatoes, because these babies are available all year long!! Campari Tomatoes were developed in Europe and imported to the US in the 1990’s. They are sold in clusters still on the vine to ensure freshness, grown in a greenhouse herbicide free, always unblemished, sweet, and delicious!! If you haven’t tried them yet, please do! You’ll be hooked like me! And if you don’t see them in your grocery store ask about them! One thing you must know, is that you never, never, refrigerate them! Always keep them at room temperature and they will be as sweet as the day you bought them.

Some of the ways I use them of course are sliced up in a salad, bruschetta, I sometimes stuff them with rice and basil, as a side dish, but I have to say I love them roasted the best! You can put them in pasta, on a nice piece of fish, or chicken, or on top of your favorite pizza, you get the picture, I’m crazy about them!!! Try them if you can, you won’t be disappointed!!

Buon Appetito!

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TUSCAN-STYLE PORK ROAST

I had a small pork roast and a lot of fresh herbs still left in my garden, and unfortunately tonight in Chicago will be our first frost!!! So, I gathered up the last of my Rosemary and Thyme to use for our dinner tonight. I thought I would try something a little different, normally I would rub the outside with lots of herbs and roast it like that, but this time I made a paste of olive oil, smashed garlic, finely minced Rosemary & Thyme, salt & pepper.

I generously rubbed the whole outside, with lots of garlic and all the herbs I brought in.

But the new thing for me was to cut open the roast, in half, not all the way through, but like a book. Next, I took out my meat tenderizer and gave it a few good wacks!!! and then I rubbed that aromatic, yummy paste all over it!! I rolled it up tight like a jelly roll, and tied it with string, and let it sit in my frig a couple of hours before I cooked it. The result!!! Unbelievable flavor infused through out the whole roast! I will definitely do this again, it was well worth the little extra effort!


As a side dish I made cauliflower and prosciutto in a garlic cream sauce, it went well with the pork. All in all, it turned out to be a nice Sunday Dinner!! Hope your’s was too!!
Buon Appetito!

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SAUSAGE AND LENTIL SOUP!!

Today was in the 50’s, a little windy, and a perfect day for a pot of soup! This is one of my favorites, because the flavors go so good together.

There’s something so comforting about a big pot of soup simmering on the stove on a cold day!

I have to admit, I’m all about modern conveniences ONLY if the quality is good, and If your lucky enough to have a Trader Joes in your neighborhood and haven’t tried their box stocks please do! They make life so much easier! I know you can also pick these up in any local store now, these boxed stocks are everywhere. I just like Trader Joes cause their prices are so good! Their pre-cooked lentils are fantastic too, already cooked, you just cut open the bag and pour them in. How easy is that!!! So you can whip up a great meal in no time, that tastes like its been simmering all day!!
Heres what you’ll need

1 carrot diced
2 stalks of celery diced
1 onion chopped
1 lb. of Italian sausage, hot or mild ( I used Turkey Italian sausage it works great!)
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 14.5oz. can of fire roasted tomato’s
1t. ground fennel
1t.thyme
1t. oregano
S&P to taste along with some red pepper flakes
1 box or 2 cups of dry lentils ( I use more)
6 to 8 cups of chicken stock ( 2 boxes)
In a nice pot brown your sausage and drain, with the Turkey I didn’t have to. Then put some olive oil in the bottom and saute veggies and garlic. Open up the stock, pour that in, along with all the spices and lentils, stir it up, semi cover it and let it cook for about 1/2 hour. It will be longer if you are using dry lentils.
When it’s done I take an immersion blender to one side of the pot to thicken it up a little.
I usually double the recipe because it freezes good

Top it off with shaved Parm and a drizzle of olive oil!
Buon Appetito!!

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