Happy Monday! Well, this is my first full week of living in the Chicago area. I miss my house, my veg garden, my yard, the farm up the road with the awesome corn, my friends and family. So, to learn to love it here we went exploring this weekend. We needed to find a farmer's market, Costco and Home Depot...my I- phone came in very handy! I got some great veggies and have plans to make yummy dinners...I haven't really cooked in 3 years while hubby was here and I was in our house in MI. It does feel good to cook again and to be here with hubby. We do wish we could still be in MI, though. Sigh. Darn economy.
Here are some pics and a recipe from my weekend...
Tiny heirloom tomatoes from the farmer's market.
Halved tomatoes, green onions and minced garlic.
Finished product...It looks bland but boy is it GOOD!
I got this recipe from the Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Summer magazine. I adapted it a bit...
Heirloom Tomatoes and Pasta
(Makes 6 to 8 servings)
2/3 cups chopped green onion
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (I didn't have any)
1 tablespoon roasted garlic (recipe follows) I minced 1 clove of garlic instead
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 1/2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, cut in half and wedges
1 pound angle hair pasta (cooked according to package directions) I used 1/2 pound
In a large bowl, whisk together green onion, oil, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Add tomatoes and pasta, toss to evenly coat. Serve warm or cold.
1 garlic bulb
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 425. Cut of pointed end of garlic; place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, and drizzle with olive oil. Fold foil to seal. Bake for 30 minutes; let cool for 5 minutes. Squeeze pulp from garlic cloves into a bowl. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
On our visit to Costco, we saw these really cool solar lanterns for only $32.99. They are a perfect addition to our apartment patio. It really makes it feel special and more like our home in MI.
The trip to Home Depot was for the hanging hooks for our lanterns. That's our weekend in a nut shell. Let me know if you try the recipe! Have a great day!!!