Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tonight's Dinner: Post-Hurricane Pasta

We've been on vacation in California for the past few weeks, enjoying some excellent pizza and unbelievable Chinese food. Our lovely home exchangers put away all of our lawn furniture before fleeing to the Philadelphia airport ahead of Irene, and we breezed back into town on Monday night, just a few hours after Sag Harbor had its power restored. What good timing! I hardly noticed evidence of a storm until I walked over to the IGA this morning and saw that they were out of everything refrigerated. They won't be getting deliveries until tomorrow. Thank goodness for Bette and Dale. I drove over to their farm stand (scary downed tree on Jermain Avenue!), bought some cherry tomatoes and salad greens, and made some pasta with raw tomato sauce for dinner. Here is the recipe:

Post-Hurricane Penne with Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, and Basil
Serves 4

12 ounces penne
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/3 cup best-quality extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 cup basil leaves, roughly torn
1 ablespoon fresh oregano leaves
Ground black pepper

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne until just tender.
2. While the pasta is cooking, combine the cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, and oregano in a large bowl. Toss with the hot pasta, season with salt and ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Tomatoes are Beautiful

Six simple tomato recipes of mine (along with Doug Young's pretty pictures) are in today's Newsday.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Needlework Still for Sale

Every day this week as I've passed by the Dominican Sisters Thrift Shop on Washington Street I have been wondering how long it will take for someone to snap up these framed needlepoint roses.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday with the Senator

I took a drive over the Quail Hill this rainy morning to hear Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speak eloquently about the importance of local farms to our good health and national security. Before she explained her position and took questions, we enjoyed a giant berry crisp prepared by one of the event's organizers, Leigh Merinoff.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Get Out Your Bundt Pan

My Chilled Corn Soup recipe is up in Newsday, along with this photo of me, removing corn kernels from the cob. I'm demonstrating a tip for removing the kernels neatly. If you insert the stem end of your cob into the center of the bundt pan, the kernels fall into the pan instead of flying all over the kitchen. It works!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Gift to Local Tomatoes and Zucchini

My older daughter returned from a month in Spain bearing just my kind of gift: Sea salt flavored with Mallorcan black olives. Last night I sprinkled it over sliced tomatoes I had bought at Pike's, Pattypan squash from Quail Hill, and fresh mozzarella from Cavaniola's. A drizzle of fruity olive oil finished the dish.