Monday, June 9, 2008

The Perfect No-Cook Summer Meal

WARNING: If you are NOT a garlic fan, much less RAW GARLIC, read no further. (And ignore the fact that the title of this post is indeed "the PERFECT No-Cook Summer Meal.")

Still reading this, aren't you Bill???!!

HA HA. I digress.

Anyhow--my tomatoes are all ripening very quickly. I have a ton of fresh basil and Italian parsley in my garden also. I remember an old friend of mine (Karen, wherever you are, I miss you like CRAZY) who was a true "foodie." Karen told me about this great recipe and it came to mind tonight as I was staring at 5, gorgeous, home-grown tomatoes on my counter AND my stomach was saying "FEED ME!!!"

I know you can see that some little creature had been sampling my basil. Never you mind about that.

This is what you will need:
  • a bunch of ripe tomatoes
  • a bunch of basil
  • a bunch of Italian parsley
  • a hunk of Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • two cloves of garlic
  • sea salt
  • a handful of capers
  • some nice olive oil
  • pasta of your preference

Rough chop the parsley and the basil. Coarsely chop the garlic. De-seed and rough chop the tomatoes. Cut some of the cheese into little 1/2" cubes. Toss it all in a bowl and add the capers, a grind of sea salt, and a couple "twirls around the bowl" of olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit while your pasta water comes to a boil.

Boil your pasta, drain, and then toss it into this lovely mixture. Mix to coat, put on a plate, add a little olive oil and some grated cheese and VOILA, you are done my friend.

Chris honey, its a good thing you aren't home--seeing as how I reek of garlic and tomorrow it will be coming out of every pore I have like gangbusters!

And please note, there is some kind of wacky FDA warning about consuming raw tomatoes today (except for cherry tomatoes and tomatoes on the vine). I didn't have to worry since I used my own. (And of course I was so stinking proud of that tonight!)

Maybe someday I'll have my own sheep and can make my own Pecorino Romano, too!


Chris said...

My quarter pounder for dinner tonight was fabulous. I'm chubby.

Gini said...

I had your fabulous tomato for lunch today, thank you very much!! Pasta looks way better than the "thing" I had at Cheesecake Factory tonight (yes, Chris, we ate out again!). I reek of garlic, as well.....

Redhead in Vegas said...

yummmm! that sounds so good.

Stephanie said...

Your tomatoes look amazing!!! You should be proud of them. I loved that little fig picture, too.

Another new banner?! I can't keep up! :) Super cute.

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Kim said...

Only 70 more days until we'll have fresh tomatoes from our garden...little different growing season out here...