Wednesday, July 20, 2011
This year, as part of our family reunion, we did an Iron Chef Competition. It was definitely a highlight for me. Each couple teamed up, with my Dad joining my brother and sister-in-law, and my mom helping watch all the kiddos. It's a good thing I have two kitchens, because with my Mom's kitchen included, we each had our own space to work in. And it wouldn't have worked any other way.
We all had an hour and a half to make three dishes/courses.
The secret ingredient: Tomatoes!
It was a blast! And I enjoyed taking pictures of all the food too. After we all finished and plated our dishes, we described them for each other and then had a tomato feast. It was fabulous! And I got full way too fast!
These first three come from my Dad, my brother, and my sister-in-law:
Classic Bruschetta - a delicious mixture of tomatoes, chiles, and other simple ingredients made a perfect topping for these dainty slices. A perfect way to start a meal.
Our first course was a Curried Peanut and Tomato Soup, served with Tomato Bread. I really enjoyed the mixture of flavors in the soup, and it paired nicely with the sour dough rubbed with garlic and fresh tomatoes.
First, they served a fried green tomato topped with fried goat cheese and dolloped with a wild mushroom sauce. It was paired with arugula and fresh beet salad. WOW! Have you ever had fried green tomatoes? I loved them. LOVED them! The mushroom stuff was incredible too.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I spent my day today with strawberries. First, I decided to make freezer jam. It's been my favorite since I was little. I started with smashing the berries.
Once you stir it up, let it sit for two hours, stirring occasionally.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The taste of summer and sunshine. Bright and delicious.