Archive | July, 2010

Fresh Tomato Basil Mozz tray

28 Jul

Our garden is producing so many tomatoes so I have been making all kinds of things with tomatoes. One of my favorite things to do with them is to pair them with fresh mozz and basil. The other night for dinner I made this appitizer. It is so refreshing and easy!

tomato basil mozz tray:

about 4 tomaotes, sliced

1# fresh mozzarella, cut into square slices

fresh basil leaves

5 cloves fresh garlic, minced (depending on how much garlic you like you can always use more or less)

extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

On a tray I lay the tomatoes then top with the mozzarella. Then I place on basil leaf on the mozz. Repeat until ingredients are all used up. Next I pour some olive oil in a bowl add the minced garlic and season with freshly ground pepper and salt. I then pour the olive oil mixture over the whole tray covering the tomaotes, mozzarella, and basil. Very easy and it is elegant enough to use for special occasions. I love it!

Mad About Food

21 Jul

I want to open a restaurant! Yes, I do. I have finally come to the conclusion that I LOVE food. Good food. I love feeding people, I love nourishing them, I love watching them eat, I love how food can heal people. I love everything about food. I think about food all the time. I even dream about food. When I go to bed I think about what wonderful food I will make for breakfast. Will I fry up some sweet potatoes with lots of fresh garlic and some creole? I think about what I will make for dinner the next time I cook right after I am through with making dinner that night. It is crazy! I want people to know that healthy food tastes better than anything you can get at a fast food restaurant. I want to take away the thought that healthy food is nasty. Saying all that, I have to do something about it. I can’t just have a passion for food and try to ignore it like I have been. I don’t even know why I have  except I always thought people would think that I am weird, that food makes you fat so why would you want to have anything to do with it. I just can’t ignore how I feel about food anymore. I have to step out and make a stand.

I have been praying that God would give me direction for my life and I feel like He has opened up a door for me in this area. I just recently met a woman who lives in Memphis, TN.Her name is Felicia Suzanne.  She has her own restaurant downtown Memphis and it is called Felicia Suzanne. She gets everything she can from local farmers.  I met her through my sister who works for Walt and Jan selling  raw milk. I talked to her briefly about apprenticing her. Now we have to make a date when we can get together to talk about it more in depth. I am so excited! I really think that I could learn a ton from her. I don’t know what this all entails and I can’t wait to meet with her and talk about it. I feel like this is what I am supposed to be doing so  I am going in a direction and God will lead my steps from there.

This morning I wanted to make something with the fresh tomatoes that I just picked last night from Ariel’s garden and this is what I came up with.

I toasted an english muffin and put a slice of Cabot sharp cheddar cheese on each side then I fried an egg and placed that on top of the cheese. I had taken a tomato and diced up half of it. Then I diced up a green onion. I poured some olive oil in that and chopped up two cloves of garlic. I mixed all that together and poured over top of the egg. Then I ground up black pepper and added a touch of salt. Tada…. It was simply delish! I so happy with it that I almost cried. I have been telling almost everyone at work about it. What can I say you must make it and let me know what you think.