Simple Tomatoes

This is one of my favorite recipes for a few reason’s, it is delicious, colorful and easy. A perfect White Jasmine recipe! As the wonderful tomato season is approaching I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce this wonderful appetizer/side dish. During the grilling season, this will make an amazing side, served with a juicy hamburger or mouth-watering grilled chicken kebabs. Enjoy the amazing journey of creating something beautiful! 

Simple Tomatoes

2 pounds fresh ripe tomatoes on the vine
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon White Jasmine Sajji Masala
1 cup fresh basil
1 cup grated parmesan

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice tomatoes in quarter inch slices and place them in a baking dish.







Sprinkle salt and Sajji Masala, pour olive oil and place in the oven. Once the tomatoes look cooked and start to leave some liquid on the sides, about 10 minutes or so, take it out of the oven, sprinkle fresh basil and parmesan cheese and place it back in the oven for another 2 minutes, until the cheese melts. Serve warm.


Campari Tomatoes - Dane County Farmers Market Series

This summer I have decided to write a blog about some of the beautiful products from our very favorite Farmers Market. This market has grown tremendously in the past ten years or so, so much so that it has become a weekly Saturday morning event for most foodies in Madison and the surrounding area. The Market is held around the beautiful State Capitol downtown Madison and walking around in a circle on the walkway around the Square is an amazing experience. You can visit all the vendors and see all the beautiful bounty of the season. 

One of my favorite things to do, is to is to get some of the farm fresh vegetables and create new recipes. This week I bought these beautiful and delicious Campari tomatoes. These tomatoes are slightly larger than the cherry tomatoes but rich in color and flavor. 

Check out this week's recipe, there is nothing bland about it!

Campari Tomatoes

1 pound Campari tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon whole cumin
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 cup White Jasmine Sajji BBQ Gouda, cut in small squares
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Cut the tomatoes in half and set aside.

In a saucepan, on medium heat add olive oil. Once the oil is warm add whole cumin and let is sizzle for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and saute for a couple of minutes. Add salt and chili flakes and let the tomatoes get a little softer and juicy. Place the tomatoes in a platter, sprinkle the Gouda cheese and chopped cilantro on top. Serve warm. Makes a great salad ingredient also.


Power of Choice!

Let's talk about the power of choices. I do believe that if we continue to add good things to our bodies only good things can happen. So with this philosophy, I would encourage you to think about the big picture and how the choices we are making today will have an impact in the upcoming years.

There seems to be so much hoopla about healthy choices, calorie counting, saturated fat, unsaturated fat, blah, blah, blah. You know what....... life is very simple, everyone likes to make it so complicated for some reason and personal interests, perhaps. Here is what I would suggest....choose fresh ingredients, which by the way are abundant, add natural spices and there you have unforgettable recipe which your body and soul will always be grateful for!

Having said that, feel free to try this simple, seasonal and amazing recipe!

1 pound heirloom tomatoes, sliced (just look at the beautiful colors)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 jalapenos, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

Heat the oven at 400 degrees. In a baking dish, spread the tomato slices. drizzle the olive oil. Sprinkle the salt, cumin seeds and jalapeno peppers. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and place it back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Delicious in sandwiches, on burgers or just on the side with any entree.