Couscous, a light and fluffy rice-like dish made from semolina flour, is an incredibly popular food. In fact, it is served all over the world, from Morocco to Tuscany to Brazil to France, as a base for stews, meats and sauces. Here, we’ve kept to […]
Food Focus: Tomatoes Tomatoes are everywhere in the summer. It seems every time you turn around, a bright red bushel of tomatoes is greeting you. From colorful heirlooms to the ones with weird ridges and bumps, I can’t get enough of their perfectly sweet flavor and juicy texture. […]
Tomato season is something many people look forward to all year, as ripe, summer tomatoes have a special flavor that no off-season imposter can replicate. That means it’s time to grab buckets of fresh, local tomatoes from store shelves, so you can make all the […]
Are you interested in canning, but worried you don’t have enough experience to do it right? Did you read our post about Virginia’s prized Hanover tomatoes and decide you want to learn how to make our famous tomato jam? No matter what level canner you […]
Hanover tomatoes are somewhat legendary in central and eastern Virginia. Unlike other famous tomato varieties such as the Green Zebra, Texas Star, Cherokee Purple or Sungold, the Hanover tomato is not known for its particular size, shape or color. As you can see, it is […]
What’s better than fresh salsa made with ripe tomatoes? We think a bowl of cool, spicy Mexican dip on a hot summer day really hits the spot. But if, after enjoying your snack, you simply can’t eat a bite more, we have a few […]
Although summer’s end is slowly approaching, I do love the bounty of late summer vegetables stacked high in the markets right now. The bright greens, reds, yellows and purples are calling my name every time I go shopping. I can’t help but center more meals […]
Summer is beautiful, activity-filled and exciting. It’s also hot as can be. Sitting outside on a sweltering summer day in Virginia usually involves dabbing at the beads of sweat peaking on your forehead. All the while, you are trying to remember how much you missed […]
Tomato soup is one of those foods that immediately conjures memories of my childhood. My parents would heat up canned tomato soup and serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich made of white bread and American cheese. It wasn’t particularly fancy, but it was good, […]
In my house, we look forward to tomato season all year. We rush to farmers markets and produce stands in the summer, eagerly awaiting the sight of red, yellow, orange and pink tomatoes to take center stage in our everyday cooking. Itâs fun to see the colorful heirloom tomatoes on the counter, and sometimes I donât want to use them because they look so beautiful. Some have stripes, some have weird ridges and bumps, but they all have that perfectly tart and sweet, juicy flavor we all love.
Yesterday, we posted our favorite burger recipes for Memorial Day cookouts. Today, weâll focus on the side dishes. These dishes are great for barbecues or potlucks and can easily be prepared on the grill while you are making the main dish.