SPINACH AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO FRITTATA

SPINACH AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO FRITTATA

Serves 4:
Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small shallot, chopped
1 cup packed fresh spinach, chopped
4 whole eggs
4 egg whites
8 sun-dried tomato halves, chopped
1/2 cup grated Asiago
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices whole-wheat toast
2 cups fresh berries

Heat oven to 425°F. Coat 4 small baking [...]

SPRING CHICKEN SALAD

SPRING CHICKEN SALAD

Serves 4:

Dressing:
6 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon rice wine (or apple cider) vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Salad:
3 boneless, skinless whole chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sweet chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 ears of corn, husked
1/2 pound [...]

SHRIMP AND AVOCADO

SHRIMP AND AVOCADO

Serves 4-8:
2 pounds medium shrimp (about 76), peeled and deveined
3/4 cup white-wine vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup capers, not drained
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
7 bay leaves (not California)
2 firm-ripe California avocados

Accompaniment: Soft green-leaf lettuce such as Boston

Cook shrimp in a [...]

WILTED SPINACH SALAD WITH WARM FETA DRESSING

WILTED SPINACH SALAD WITH WARM FETA DRESSING

so easy & gooooood!

1 9-ounce bag fresh spinach leaves
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium red onion, halved, cut into 1/3-inch-thick wedges with some core attached
1 7-ounce package feta cheese (light), coarsely crumbled
2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar

Place spinach in large bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet [...]

GRILLED SCALLOPS & NECTARINES WITH CORN TOMATO SALAD

GRILLED SCALLOPS & NECTARINES WITH CORN TOMATO SALAD

Serves 6:

Dressing
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
1/8 teaspoon (generous) chili powder
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of Sea salt (or fleur de sel*)

Salad
24 large sea scallops, side muscles removed, patted dry
3 firm but ripe nectarines (white or yellow), each cut into 6 wedges
Olive oil, [...]

TROPICAL FRUIT YOGURT WITH GRANOLA & CRYSTALLIZED GINGER

FRESH TROPICAL FRUIT YOGURT WITH GRANOLA & CRYSTALLIZED GINGER

mmh, fresh breakfast!

Serves 2:

1 1/2 cups diced peeled tropical fruit (such as pineapple, mango, and kiwi)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger plus additional for garnish
1 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt
1 cup granola (with nuts and dried fruits, if [...]

AUTUMN FARMER’S MARKET SALAD

AUTUMN FARMER’S MARKET SALAD

fresh and seasonal

4 1/2 to 5 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled seeded butternut squash (from about one 2-pound squash)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
Coarse kosher salt
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons walnut oil or other nut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
4 ounces arugula (about 8 [...]

ROASTED PEPPER AND TOMATO SALAD

ROASTED PEPPER AND TOMATO SALAD

yum!

Serves 4:

Dressing
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Salad
1 1/2 pounds red or red and yellow peppers, roasted
1 tablespoon slivered fresh basil
1 pound fresh ripe tomatoes, cut in wedges
1 head of leaf lettuce or romaine
2 ounces goat cheese, [...]

What’s Your Favorite Tomato?!

What is your favorite tomato?  This urgent question came up today after our important apple discussion a few weeks ago.  Time for a post!

Why tomatoes, you ask?  If you need reasons other than the delicious taste, just have a look at this:

That’s pretty exciting for a single fruit (botanically speaking)!  For your enjoyment, here’s a [...]

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Photography by Mary Sylvester.