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Tomatoes Everywhere

Q & A Devra First at

Sometimes you find things you didn’t even know you were looking for – thank you, W). This was in yesterday’s Boston Globe (in the Ideas section).  An article about the history of tomatoes under Q & A (an interview by Devra First with David Gentilcore, professor of early modern history at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom). Gentilcore wrote Pomodoro! A History of the Tomato in Italy.  It is difficult to imagine Italian food without the tomato and this is especially timely as we are following an Italian cooking theme in our house this week. If I am a little late in writing it is not because I am making dinner – because my children did and it was wonderful.  Truly better than anything I have been turning out lately.  So – our menu included fresh green salad with creamy Parmesan dressing, fantastic bruschetta, braised chicken with peas and potatoes (delicious!) and a Parmesan parsley risotto (as good as it sounds)…oh, dessert, too (yes – although I didn’t need it). Triple chocolate biscotti and a lemon pudding-like confection that I forget the name of – like a semifreddo but not quite that.  I am slow in getting going today because we are just back from a weekend in the Berkshires and I had some things to catch up on. Now that I have tackled part of that list, I have a new list…great, right?  Some of the things were easy – get light bulbs, confirm camp registration – you know, the usual. Couldn’t get the dog washed – they are closed today but did everything else – well, almost everything else. I will post the recipes from dinner under Recipes – Tried and True and write about the Berkshire trip, too.


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NPR – Nigella Lawson – Summer Fresh recipes

My dear husband heard this on NPR early this morning and thought I would like it and wrote me a note about it so I could find it…I just returned Pragmatic Mom’s Nigella Lawson cookbooks to her and saw one at Whole Foods last night so some more synchronicity…

Here is the link – I would pretty it up but I am trying to make anti-harvest muffins – not hers. Ina’s.. (short 7 minutes –  on NPR today) Cloudy lemonade which sounds practically perfect for a day like today.

Nigella’s latest cookbook is Nigella FreshNigella Fresh


I do love NPR!! They did not have the recipes up this morning but they do now – Here: Continue reading


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Great ideas for today – Happy Independence Day!

We had a lovely dinner last night with two other families. All of the food was wonderful (especially since someone saved my vinaigrette), the company was delightful and I will share some of the recipes here.  The hosts had the new issue of Bon Appetit and the food was gorgeous. They also had some super absorbent dish rack toweling that I am coveting. Maybe some kind reader will write in where to find them.

Here is a bean and tomato salad recipe that is wonderful and takes about 3 minutes to make. Okay, I subbed out the dill for basil because we didn’t have any dill – it is great both ways. I also did not have red onion so used shallot. Also very nice.

bean and tomato salad


  • 2 15-ounce cans cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
  • 2 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes (about 12 ounces) or cherry tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed

There was grilled salmon with a pesto sauce that was incredible and grilled chicken and a corn salad that was fresh and lovely. I can’t find those recipes but when I do I’ll put them up. Also an amazing fruit cobbler and the (in)famous Neiman Marcus cookies – a yummy urban myth.

Here is the Bon Appetit Summer Salad Slideshow – all gorgeous.

We will have the quintessential burgers and hot dogs on the grill tonight. A family tradition that I love – even if we expand the tradition to include tuna burgers (Whole Foods, on special for $6.99/lb – worth trying – they were a staple last summer). Added to post: Do not try the tuna burgers at Whole Foods. They were so pepper-y (as in cayenne pepper) that they were inedible. We have been getting these for years and they have been lovely. I am going to return them today. Even my spouse who likes spicy foods did not like them.

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Urban Legend – Neiman Marcus Cookies

Who cares if the story isn’t true? The cookies are amazing….here is the link and here, from another site because I couldn’t copy it from Snopes, is the cookie recipe.

Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

(Recipe may be halved):
2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal**
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

** Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.


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