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Fresh Tomato and Garlic Pasta

This Week’s Real Good Basic- Fresh Tomato and Garlic Pasta

This Week’s Real Good Basic-  Fresh Tomato and Garlic Pasta Fresh Tomato and Garlic Pasta Print Serves: 4 Easy, quick and intensely flavorful, this recipe may be destined to become a work-night favorite. I call it “I’m hungry now!” Pasta with Tomatoes. Ingredients

  • 4 medium to large ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1½ - 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 – 14 ounces fresh pasta
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • few tablespoons of olive oil
Farmers to You Ingredients: Other Fresh and Pantry Ingredients:
  • salt, butter, olive oil
Instructions
  1. Wash, core and chop tomatoes.

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Linguini Salad ala Ally

linguini salad ala ally

linguini salad ala ally Linguini Salad ala Ally Print Serves: 4 If you love the taste of chevre, and can’t get enough of summer tomatoes, this is for you. So, so good, and quick too! Perfect for a summer dinner or picnic. Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh linguini (or other pasta)
  • ½ pound+ fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ pound artichoke hearts (canned or fresh and grilled)
  • 2 shallots, finely minced
  • 3+ ounces chevre (herb and garlic or plain)
  • ¼ - ½ cup olives, sliced or chopped (kalimanta or other favorite)
  • 2+ ounces fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup pistachio nuts, chopped for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste
Farmers To You Ingredients:
  • pasta, tomatoes, chevre, basil, pistachio nuts
Other Fresh and Pantry Ingredients:
  • artichoke hearts, olives, salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash and chop tomatoes, retaining all juices.

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Grilled Chicken, Asparagus, Red Peppers and Pasta with Peanut Sauce

grilled chicken, asaparagus, red peppers and pasta with peanut sauce

Ah June.  With the lengthening days comes a sea of graduations. Colleges have already sent their graduates out into the world in search of jobs and first apartments and the last day for many high schools is inching ever closer.  I’ve been to two graduation ceremonies already and was reminded of just how prominently food figures into the festivities, both at the events themselves and at the barbeques and potlucks that follow. Let’s face it; sharing a meal in the shade of a big tree with a group of people you like is pretty darn great, even if the graduation preceding it was long and hot.

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Fresh Ravioli with Toasted Pine Nuts, Roasted Tomatoes and Basil

fresh ravioli with toasted pine nuts, roasted tomatoes and basil

fresh ravioli with toasted pine nuts, roasted tomatoes and basil

When my daughter, Clara, was small, a dear friend invited the two of us over to learn how to make ravioli.  Libby is one of those people who you just love to be around and the primary reason is her exuberant love of food and the pleasure she gets from sharing that enthusiasm with friends and family.  Everyone should have a Libby in their life (I sure hope you do.)  Libby is turning 102 in just a few weeks but when I see her we still compare notes on special meals, particularly her favorites from Italy and Mexico.

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French Vegetable Soup: Soupe au Pistou

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This soup from Southern France fulfills those late summer/early fall cravings.  You still want to taste your garden but you want something a little warming.  This is not a long cooking soup, so the flavors remain fresh and bright.  Swirling a dollop of pistou (similar to pesto minus the nuts) into each bowl before serving brightens the flavor even more.  There are so many variations to be found with this Provencal soup – no one recipe is the “right” one.  

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