Archives: tomato

California BLTs

September 10, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on California BLTs | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Summer.

One of my favorite things about summer is tomato havest time! I make as many fresh tomato things as I can…I just can’t get enough of ’em. Here’s a a great sandwich recipe to use up some of those perfect summer tomatoes. This is a good time to splurge on some top-quality bacon like Nueske’s Thick Sliced Applewood • Read More »

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Great Guacamole!

May 2, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Southwestern.

Guacamole…so simple yet so incredibly delicious. The first time I had really great guacamole was at a resort in Tuscon, Arizona. The waiter made it at our table so, of course, we were impressed with the presentation: mashing the perfect avocado right before our very eyes in a molcajete, the traditional Mexican version of a mortar • Read More »

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Caprese BLT Sandwiches

October 7, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich.

Words cannot describe how much I love this sandwich…it’s one of my favorite sandwiches EVER! You may be thinking to yourself that it’s just a sandwich. But that’s where you’re wrong. It’s not just a sandwich…it’s a REALLY, REALLY GOOD SANDWICH: Ciabbata bread spread with a delicious basil mayonnaise and layered with ripe tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, • Read More »

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Inside-Out English Muffin Grilled Cheese

September 9, 2010 | By andrea | 11 Comments | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich.

I love grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, so naturally I was intrigued by this recipe for Inside-Out English Muffin Grilled Cheese sandwiches. It’s a tasty and fun way to jazz up a lunch-time classic. The recipe calls for sharp white cheddar cheese, which has a bolder flavor than the medium cheddar I used. Any kind of • Read More »

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Greek Salad Salsa with Toasted Pita Chips

August 26, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Dip, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Snack, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

I took this awesome Greek-inspired salsa to a pool party recently. Dang, it’s good! I chose to make it because it’s super easy and I had all the makings for it. It’s a perfect summertime appetizer!!! I followed the recipe for the salsa except that I didn’t have the fresh oregano so I used a little • Read More »

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Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwiches

August 9, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Summer, Vegetarian.

Most people fall in one of two categories with eggplant: you either Like It or Hate It. I happen to be in the Like It category. Recently I was looking up new sandwich recipes and came across this “sandwich” using grilled eggplant. Not only are these Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwiches beautiful, but they’re also delicious, incredibly easy • Read More »

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Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Crostini

August 5, 2010 | By andrea | 10 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Snack, Vegetarian.

Words can not express how much I love this appetizer! In fact, it’s what I had for dinner last night. I didn’t intend to eat only the crostini for dinner but I ate several of them, which led to several more and before I knew it, I was full. This is one of those appetizers • Read More »

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Chicken Tikka Masala

March 12, 2010 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Chicken, Indian, Main Dish, Recipes.

Since my folks are galavanting around London right now on holiday and enjoying the delicious Indian food that the city has to offer, I thought I’d make my own Indian food in honor of their trip. This recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala, noted as being Britain’s new national dish, is a great way to recreate this British favorite at home. Chunks of • Read More »

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Grilled Cheddar, Tomato and Bacon Sandwiches

January 5, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Comfort Food, Recipes, Sandwich.

We’ve all had grilled cheese sandwiches before. But have you ever had a Grilled Cheddar, Tomato and Bacon Sandwich? If not, you’re in for a treat! Bacon takes the humble grilled cheese to new heights! It’s true, you know…everything is better with bacon!!! Because this is a simple sandwich, top-quality ingredients are very important. The recipe calls • Read More »

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Andalusian Gazpacho

August 29, 2009 | By andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

  One of my absolute favorite summer dishes is Andalusian Gazpacho, a Spanish tomato-based soup. To me, it tastes like summer in a bowl. You must, however, start with good farm stand or homegrown tomatoes. Period. Don’t even think about making this gazpacho if you can’t use excellent tomatoes.  I pretty much follow the recipe except for substituting red bell pepper for the green • Read More »

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