Category Archive: food

what to do with all of those garden tomatoes

first things first, let’s clarify, these tomatoes did not grow in my garden.  they are from my dad’s garden, which has been producing like it was fertilized with kryptonite.  my mom said they have been eating tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and practically begged to come and take some off their hands.  they were beautiful and tasty and i wanted to use them in a pasta, but like many garden veggies, the skins were a little tough to use in my typical pulverized tomato sauce, so i found and altered a recipe.

between the three awesome facts: (1) that this turned out awesome awesome awesome, (2) that i have my new iphone that has an awesome camera and (3) my counter tops are such an awesome backdrop, I had a fleeting flirtation with the idea of doing a food blog.  like i don’t have enough to do already or even have to talent to actually contribute anything to the supersaturated food blogosphere, i thought better of it and decided if i could just get the recipe shared, that in itself would be something remarkable (note the date of my last blog post – woefully neglected is an understatement).


so here it is in all its glorious simplicity:


a big bowl full of cherry or plum tomatoes (i actually don’t know the difference between small tomatoes except maybe the grape and i didn’t measure so for perspective that is a 9″x9″ baking pan)

10-12 garlic cloves split in half

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

a handful of fresh chopped basil (that i actually did grow in my garden – although i have been told repeatedly how easy basil is to grow my pride is not diminished

salt & pepper

red pepper flakes (just a few)

farfalle (bowtie) pasta

parmesan cheese (as much as you want)



now you will see why this is so my kind of recipe.  just put everything in a bowl except the pasta & toss it around.  transfer to baking pan.  roast at 400°f for 30-40 minutes (you decide).  go do something else, like drink wine on the porch.

about 10 minutes before you think you should pull it out, cook the pasta.

toss the sauce and pasta all together with parmesan cheese and season to taste with more salt or pepper or what you like.

that is all.


p.s.  anthony made the bread, from scratch, and it’s also pretty delicious.


one more thing to love about buenos aires

In B.A. hey have not ruined their fruit loops with fiber.

Kellogg’s Cereal lovers out there know what I’m talking about.  The man decided that I can’t balance my own diet and ruined many of my favorite cereals.

We may never come back.

la salamandra – dulce de leche and mozzarella bar

we stopped in for a coffee here one afternoon in mid december, after bumping into a friend on the street nearby and have gone back now again and again. the coffees and teas are all accompanied by a spoon full of their dulce de leche, that is nice and creamy and lovely and edible by the spoonful in a way i find many not to be.  the pastries are rich and very sweet – heart palpitatingly sweet, but that’s not something i mind.  i would say you could split them, but then again, i wouldn’t want to split mine, so there’s that.  my friend bought the assortment pictured above for our christmas dinner desert and they were all amazing.  i went back again and bought some of the others to new years eve dinner.  i forget the name of the chocolate one with the meringue, but name or no name, it’s amazing.  They could call it “the old shoe” and i’d still say it was my favorite.  i also really liked the lemon pie (light and creamy but not tart) and the alfajores (which are usually not my favorite).  the mozzarella deserves a mention, too, as it is also good  and it is featured on the awning.  it’s not the best i’ve ever had in my life, but i’d say it’s on par with what i’ve gotten outside of italy and nyc.  we bought a bag of the large buffalo mozzarella and had it with some jamon crudo, tomato and basil and it went along well enough to satisfy a craving.  i’d give the other types a whirl and i’d buy it again for a party or a meal.  if you’re in the neighborhood, i’d certainly recommend stopping in for a quick afternoon café y tarta.

la salamandra – dulce de leche and mozzarella bar
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i’m sure i’m not the only person to make this observation, but phonetic is very hard to spell phonetically.