This Strawberry Salsa came from the need to use up extra fruit I had left over from a cake I made over the weekend. I did not want to make another sweet treat but was puzzled in how strawberries could be used in a savory dish. A quick search of the internet pulled back numerous recipes for strawberry salsa, which was new to me. The ingredients are much the same as the standard tomato salsa. However, this fruit salsa is lighter and seems more fresh tasting. There is a hint of sweetness from the berries, and a back-note of heat from the jalapeno pepper. The key to this balance is to finely mince the pepper and onion. I served it simply with tortilla chips. I also think it would be delightful spooned over grilled chicken or pork.
Monday, August 28, 2023
Thursday, August 24, 2023
If you are looking for an alternative to Chicken Parmesan, or simply enjoy cauliflower, this recipe might be perfect for you. My recipe swaps out the chicken replacing it with cauliflower steaks. The steaks are grilled and are not breaded and fried as a traditional chicken parm. Each grilled steak is topped with a mix of Italian melting cheese and a drizzle of marinara sauce. I spiced my sauce with a bit of Calabrian chilies to add a zip to the final dish.
I used an electric indoor grill unit, a new release from GreenPan, to cook the cauliflower steaks. You may have a Cuisinart Griddler or even an older George Forman Grill. All of these will work to make this recipe. Don't have any of these? A large cast iron Lodge skillet will do just fine.
Generously cover each steak with a handful of the grated cheese. The cheese will melt with the carry-over heat from the grill. Transfer the steaks to a serving platter.
Mix together the Calabrian chilies and the marinara sauce. Lightly drizzle the steaks with the sauce, sprinkling with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Serve as a side dish or with pasta.
Monday, August 7, 2023
Summer tomatoes are the star of any Caprese Salad, which in turn make you a super star at your next dinner gathering. A visit to the farm stand for selection of a variety of gorgeous tomatoes is the place to begin. Add fresh basil leaves and the best fresh mozzarella cheese you can find to complete the list of ingredients. With barely a recipe at all, this composed salad comes together like a beautiful painting of color.
A quick note on summer tomatoes: I highly recommend that your store the tomatoes at room temperature, and never place them in the refrigerator. Cold tomatoes quickly lose their quality and turn to a mushy texture.