Heirloom Tomato Quiche With Fresh Herbs & Pesto

Heirloom Tomato Quiche With Fresh Herbs & Pesto

I rarely make Quiche and usually stick to frittatas because of the time and mess of making the quiche crust...but I happened to have an extra "pre-made crust" in the fridge, so I got inspired to try one. (Actually homemade pie crust is really not that difficult, it just takes a little extra planning). I had recently bought a lot of beautiful heirloom tomatoes at the farmer's market. Those tomatoes and some fresh garden herbs became the main ingredients in my quiche. Some aged gouda cheese added to the egg batter made for…
Nicoise Salad with Grilled Tuna

Nicoise Salad with Grilled Tuna

Nicoise Salad is a French salad that originated in the city of Nice. It is traditionally made with tomatoes, green beans, hard boiled eggs, olives, anchovies and fresh or canned tuna. I think it is an ideal meal to serve guests in the summer. You can arrange the ingredients separately, or create a beautiful plate or platter with everything on it. The tuna can be grilled and then added to the salad - which brings everyone outside in the summer. Basically it is a one dish meal, and served with a French baguette…
Pasta Primavera Summer Style

Pasta Primavera Summer Style

Pasta Primavera is a dish that consists of pasta and fresh vegetables, usually served with a light cream sauce. It is associated with spring because primavera means "springtime" in Italian and so the dish often consists of spring vegetables like peas and carrots. For my Pasta Primavera "Summer Style" I used whatever vegetables looked fresh and delicious (in August) at the local farm stand. In my case we took a trip to Balsam Farms in Amagansett where they had an unbelievable array of every summer vegetable under the sun - literally!  I love…
Summer Tomato Panzanella Salad

Summer Tomato Panzanella Salad

During the summer tomatoes are so abundant, ripe, juicy and beautiful! If you have a garden you know they come in fast and furious, all ripening at once. The only problem is figuring out how to use them. Here is another good recipe with tomatoes that is easy and a delicious way to use them! It is called Panzanella Salad and is a Tuscan dish using soaked stale bread, tomatoes, onions, fresh basil & parsley, peppers, cucumbers, garlic, mozzarella & capers. Ingredients for the salad: 2 - 3 cups of bread cubes (stale…