Tuesday, September 14, 2010

a week at the beach

Last week we took a risk and headed to Destin, Florida during Hurricane season and in the midst of the oil spill. To our luck, we had blue skies every day and didn't see a single tar ball. So if you are considering heading down for one last beach trip...go for it!

These two boys kept us busy but we did find some time to relax, read books and go to a matinee (can't remember the last time I was able to do that).

David's parents joined us for the week and I think the boys were more happy to be on vacation with Nana and Pops than with Momma and Dadda.

We sure were glad they were there too!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

tomato recipes

Tomato season is coming to an end but thought I would share a few favorite recipes that we enjoyed this summer.

Tomato Salad
2 lbs. assorted vine-ripened tomatoes
12-14 slices of fresh mozzarella
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. honey
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
10-12 basil leaves, plus flowers if any
1. Slice large tomatoes; leave small tomatoes whole, or cut into wedges or halves. Arrange on platter with cheese.
2. In a small bowl, whisk 1 tsp. salt, the vinegar, and honey until salt is dissolved; whisk in olive oil. Spoon over tomatoes.
3. With kitchen scissors, snip basil leaves and flowers over tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
(Recipe altered slightly from Sunset recipes.)

My friend Carrie shared this cherry tomato tart recipe on her blog and also made it for a group of women on night. It was delicious so I thought that I would give it a try with the cherry tomatoes with had from our CSA. It was super easy to make and the dough will definitely be used in future recipes.