Posts Tagged ‘heirloom tomatoes’

Whole Wheat Farfalle, Basil Pesto, Heirloom Tomatoes

July 6, 2009

Whole Wheat Farfalle, Basil Pesto, Heirloom Tomatoes

I’m a sucker for heirloom tomatoes. Whenever I see them for a reasonable price (<$4/pound) I feel obligated to pick them up. Even if I know I won't possibly have time to use them. I think it's because there's just a short season for them (and good tomatoes in general, for that matter). So, when I saw them on sale recently, I grabbed four of them.

And, like clockwork, I forgot about them just long enough for them to be on the verge of going bad so I either had to use them or freeze them for a later batch of marinara. I had that basil pesto from before in the fridge and some whole wheat farfalle (which is frustratingly difficult to find at a decent price) in the pantry. Boiled up the pasta, diced the tomaoes and tossed it all together. Another delicious meal that took about ten minutes to make (once the water boiled, of course).


Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad

June 16, 2009

Harry’s had some organic heirloom tomatoes on sale, and being a sucker for heirloom tomatoes, organics and sales I couldn’t resist picking some up even though I had no clear idea of what to do with them.

Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad

So, I wasn’t terribly surprised when they were on the verge of going bad and I had to act fast.

A quick look around, had a spare cucumber and red onion and a salad was born. I also had some marinated gigandes beans (My Publix carries them on occasion, but you can get a gigantic can here) to throw in the mix.

I like acidity in my salads, so I skipped the traditional vinaigrette and went for straight vinegar. I used some white balsamic vinegar (my favorite vinegar with regular balsamic and malt coming in tied a close 2nd), dried cilantro (no fresh in the house), salt, pepper and a quick toss.

You have to let it marinate for a bit to let the flavors come together (give it 12 hours if you can), but I needed something for dinner right then. It was good anyway, but would have been better the next day.