Thursday, August 12, 2010



It seems we've got a new habit forming: impromptu dinners with Nick and Natasha.  And, let me tell you, it's a real summertime dream.  

In preparation for a weekend at our cottage, Natasha cleared out her fridge.  Typically it looks like a corner of the farmer's market, packed tight with fresh vegetables and herbs, salad greens and bottles of tasty wine, but she burned through all her reserves this week.  In a race to the finish, she pulled out the remaining heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions grown by her Dad, and a brick of feta cheese.  Chopped and sliced loosely, doused in olive oil and a dash of apple-cider vinegar, tossed amongst oregano and her own fresh basil, it was like eating August.  The feta was a pleasant alternative, crumbly and tangier than the usual Caprese-friendly mozzarella.  

Then she took her remaining plum tomatoes (with skins, but seeded thoroughly) onions, buckets of garlic and seasoning (oregano, bay leaves, S+P, usually sugar, but these tomatoes were sweet without) and pulped it into the most amazingly fresh sauce - light and summery, while hearty and the picture of comfort food.  If I didn't know any better, I'd swear we were in the Italian countryside last night.













6 comments:

  1. That looks way better than anything you'd find in most restaurants. Color me jealous.

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  2. you're a blogging machine lately.

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  3. i just found your blog and am addicted. and also, hungry! your photos are lovely.

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  4. Delic! I may have to try the pasta idea this weekend.

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  5. Yummy! Screw this low carb diet the doctor has me on....I am diving in. Who puts an Italian on a low carb diet. Now THIS is what is wrong with the health care system in the USA.

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