The Last of the Tomatoes

Officially, summer will be over next week.

I don’t know if I am ready!!  Sadly, I picked the last of my Sungold Cherry Tomatoes from my garden one evening wearing a sweater!!

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I decided to make pasta with roasted sungolds.  The idea just came to me with the nip in the air.

I placed the stemmed and washed tomatoes in a baking dish, poured a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over them, and baked them at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes, until plump.

Next, I boiled angel hair pasta.  After draining the pasta, I mixed the tomatoes with the pasta, and tossed in some toasted pine nuts I had in the refrigerator and seasoned it with salt and pepper.  Simple and delicious with, it seemed, some nuances of fall.

Bring it on!!

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Back to School

Summer Is Over……

…and school has begun.  During the first few days of a new school year, all is exciting as the kids meet and get to know their teachers, make new friends, and use their new school supplies.  But those new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or Frozen lunchboxes will start to loose their luster as the boredom of bringing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches sets in just a few weeks from now.

Prepare yourselves a list with ideas for interesting lunches you and your children can make together and keep that list handy.

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by the Centre County Gazette about kids eating healthy food.  I stated in the article: “Send your child to school with homemade pesto pasta, which uses only five ingredients and can be eaten cold, and they will be the most popular kid at the lunch table.”  Pesto pasta beats peanut butter and jelly hands down!

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Here is the recipe for Pesto Pasta (made without nuts) from my Young Chefs class from this summer.  Also, look at some of the links below for more lunchbox ideas to keep lunch interesting all year long!  Hint:  this list is NOT just for kids!!

Pinterest     Food52.com     Cooking Light

     Eating Well       Food  Network

 

 

Tomatoes are Here

IMG_2863Tomatoes are finally here at the local Farmers Markets!  I saw bushels of them on Tuesday at the Boalsburg Market and talked to the folks at Ardry Farms.  They have Canning tomatoes and Roma tomatoes (the kind for making tomato sauce) available now at excellent prices.  Ardry Farms are also at the North Atherton Farmers Market on Saturdays.

With Roma tomatoes, I love to roast them and put them on salads, freeze them for pasta in the winter or JUST EAT THEM–I think they are like candy!!  Look at this recipe to see how I roast them.  Find more ideas for all these tomatoes from this post from the past.

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Pick up some of Ardry Farms corn too!  You can’t get it fresher than being picked the day you buy it, and the ears stay fresh in the refrigerator for a week!

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