A neighbor gave us some fresh jalapeños and green Roma tomatoes from his garden, with instructions on letting them ripen on the counter (he picks them while green to beat the squirrels). Guy couldn’t resist the opportunity to make fried green tomatoes, which were easier and more delicious than we expected!
Gnocchi is a pillowy potato pasta typically boiled in water like other pastas, but a recent trend in roasting all of the ingredients for a meal on a single sheet pan has inspired a new way to cook them. Shelf-stable or refrigerated gnocchi can be roasted straight out of the package, resulting in a crispy, chewy texture. Bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, basil, and garlic round out the meal.
If you’re looking for a mouth-watering salad filling enough for dinner, but still lettuce-based (so it at least seems healthy), this is it. Romaine lettuce is topped with marinated and grilled sliced chicken thighs, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, red onions, boiled eggs, and honey-dijon vinaigrette.
This year for book club, my choice was The Italian Party, a novel set in 1950s Sienna and “teeming with seduction and spycraft.” My menu was inspired by food from the book and centered on this Ribollita, a stew of kale, tomatoes, and beans, thickened with day-old bread. It’s a recipe and style of cooking thought of as “poor cooking” and making the most of what you have, but it was a beautiful dish to serve to friends with wine, Cacio e Pepe, and delightful discussion of a great story.
This dish was inspired by Martha Stewart’s one-pot pasta dish that creates its own sauce as it cooks. Combine water, farro, thinly sliced onions and garlic, and cherry tomatoes, and cook until the farro is tender and the onions and tomatoes have melted into the perfect sauce.