Monday, August 2, 2010

Tomatoes and Patio Spruce

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 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.

Roasted Garlic

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!!!



Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Hon, there are adjustments to every move. You are on the right track, though. Get out there and find a really good farmer's market and satisfy your rural needs. And some kind of small town/country roads to visit--a park where you can enjoy some grass and shade. And there is the beach! Our niece lives in an apartment on Lake Michigan ( with her husband and 2 cats ). Maybe she will know some places to look. I'll ask her!

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Oh, and the pasta looks awesome! That is my kind of meal! 8=)

goldenbird said...

That dish looks so good! Thank you for the recipe. I hope you begin to feel more at home in Chicago and find lots of things to love about it. It sounds like it was (or still is) hard to let go of your former home.

Look beyond the picket fence said...

That recipe sounds great, I love pasta and tomatoes! You will just have to share a few of your new finds with us. It could be a weekly post. I know I always like to see different parts of the country!

Barb said...

Hi Kim,

I think you will be just fine in Chicago. It takes a a while to settle in but I know you will.

Your daughter was a stunning bride and you Ms Mother of the bride, very beautiful. I loved the photo's. They look very much in love. Thank you for sharing them. Now take a deep breath, you have had a busy year

big hugs,