Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Summer Yum

I can't believe I slacked so bad on the blog front that I only posted once in July and it was a mere copy of someone Else's post! Ugh, I need to shape up! So I'm starting August off with some summer yum!

My tomato plant is going nuts! I thought I bought a regular tomato plant but it ended up being plum tomatoes, that's what you get for buying plants at Wal-mart. So today's blog starts here:

This is my first garden. It's a small above ground 2'x6' box. I had no idea what I was doing so I put in a bunch of stuff just to see what I could grow. Carrots and baby spinach barely made it above the soil before dying. The strawberry plant isn't going to amount to much, I have 1 marigold with the tiniest flower I've ever seen, the string beans came up, got little beans on them, then died. My cucumber plant produced about 6 cucumbers and has been stricken with some disease I think because it is dying and I have 1 watermelon. I know, I planted a lot in this little space, but like I said I really didn't expect anything to live! However, the tomato plant is huge! And I can't keep up with the tomatoes!

So last night I decided I needed recipes to use up some tomatoes without just making spaghetti sauce. There were a number of recipes I found but I didn't have ingredients for and I wasn't going to the store. I found two recipes that basically called for tomatoes and feta cheese... I had both!

I made just small batches of both since I wasn't sure Chris and I would like them. We both love caprese salad with tomatoes and mozzarella so I thought we'd like it with feta. We did! Diced tomatoes, crumbled feta, a little balsamic vinaigrette, and Italian seasoning, it was yummy! Below is before I added the vinaigrette. I kept picking at it while I made the rest of dinner. Chris liked it too, but he did tell me he likes it better with mozzarella cheese.

The next tomato and feta recipe I was kinda skeptical about. I've put cherry tomatoes on kabobs before and we decided we didn't like hot tomatoes. But I thought I'd give them a try this way. I took 3 plum tomatoes and cut in half length-wise. Sprinkled with crumbled feta, and Italian seasoning, drizzled with olive oil and a little salt and pepper.

Since I didn't know if we'd like them I threw some asparagus on there too drizzled with olive oil and a little garlic salt sprinkled on them.

I broiled these in the oven for about 3-5 minutes, just until the feta browned. Here's an after shot:I served the salad up first and we ate that while I finished cooking. I served the roasted tomatoes and asparagus with long grain and wild rice and pork chops. We were pleasantly surprised with the tomatoes. The feta took on a completely different flavor being broiled and the plum tomatoes were just the right texture. I'll definitely be making these again very soon!

I'll be back soon though, no more slacking. I need to update everyone about Aidan, who is a wonderful little guy!

1 comment:

Lindsey said...

Yum! I love tomatoes. Those with the feta melted on top look incredible!

Love this food post and can't wait to hear how Aidan is doing.