Archive | August, 2012

Tomato Cucumber Salad

31 Aug

Eating local is easy when it comes from the patio!  Hubby and I have enjoyed a tomato cucumber salad with oil and vinegar almost every day. Top it off with some mozzarella cheese and it becomes a delicious afternoon meal.

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Tomato Cucumber Salad
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  • One tomato sliced
  • One cucumber sliced
  • One mozzarella stick sliced
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • Drizzle with Olive Oil and Vinegar add salt and pepper to taste

Easy Tomato Sauce From My Mother’s Kitchen.

23 Aug

I have such fond memories of my mother’s kitchen every time I make tomato sauce.  Growing up in my family, my mother Julia would make a wonderful Italian Meal every Sunday. It could be Spaghetti and Meatballs, with a Salad and a loaf of Italian bread or home-made Lasagna or gnocchi. Oh, and did I mention pizza?  First thing in the morning us kids and mom would walk  to church and on our way home we would stop at Memmi & Sons Bakery for a fresh loaf of Italian Bread. Mom would then start the traditional meal and us little ones would watch old movies on TV and waiting in anticipation for our big Italian meal.  Mom always made a huge pot of  tomato sauce and any leftovers went straight to the fridge or frozen for future meals.

Many people think that making tomato sauce  is a complicated process, but really it is very easy.  All you need is huge pot, canned tomato sauce, canned tomato paste, garlic, onions, herbs and patience.

Tomato Sauce
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Prepping the Pizza
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Recipe for Tomato Sauce 

  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cans tomato paste
  • 3  28 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp oregano

Heat large pot to medium and add oil, garlic, and chopped onion. Cook until golden, add tomato sauce and paste, mix until smooth, stir in 1 cup of water, oregano, basil, parsley and salt.  Bring to boil cover and simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally.

Crock Pot Method

Heat fry pan to medium, add oil, garlic and chopped onion.  Cook until golden.  In Crock pot add tomato sauce and paste, mix until smooth.  Stir in cooked garlic and onion.  Add one cup of water.  Add the oregano, basil and parsley.  Turn to high on the Crock pot, when sauce starts to bubble lower to medium.  Stir occasionally and let the sauce simmer for a couple of hours or longer. 

  • If you have tomatoes and/or green peppers in the garden, chop them up and add to the sauce.  Fresh Basil, oregano, and parsley as well.  Otherwise dried herbs will do. 
  • Leftover sauce cool, and refrigerate or freeze.

Meet Samantha

20 Aug

Cooking and baking in my kitchen is a fun hobby for me, and for Samantha the cat she likes to watch what I do.  Most of the time she will just hop up on the table for a birds eye view!  


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Fried Sesame – Tofu Strips

11 Aug

These fried sesame tofu strips are so delicious, and you just cannot stop eating them until they are all gone.  No leftovers here.  I made these the other night and before I knew it they were all gone.  Yum! Give them a try and do  let me know what you think!  Dip them in a sauce, eat alone or squeeze just a bit of fresh lemon on them! 

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What you will need.

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • Sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Low salt soy sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh lemon
  • Gently press a block of super firm tofu between too clean towels to remove excess water. 
  • Cut the tofu into long strips
  • In a medium size bowl whisk 2 tbsp of olive oil, 2 garlic cloves minced, 1 tsp of sesame oil, and 1 tbsp of low salt soy sauce. 
  • Dip tofu strips to coat all sides.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in fry pan
  • Cook tofu until crisp turning as needed
  • Add more oil as needed.
  • Let cool
  • squeeze fresh lemon on tofu strips and enjoy alone or with rice on the side.

My Lucky Jade!

5 Aug

I have a  potted Jade plant in every room of the beach bungalow to promote  good luck, prosperity, abundance and well-being. There is a huge one  to greet visitors when they come through the front  door and another jade close to my vegetable garden for abundance.  Jade, a succulent plant is so easy to care for,  just water Jade once every two weeks and prune when it becomes top-heavy. Use the pruned pieces as new starter pants by placing the cut piece in soil and in about week or so it will root. 

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