Friday, July 27, 2012

Heat of the Day - Balsamic and Basil, Kale and Kholrabi Toss-Up Salad

Kohlrabi, MZN

"Heat of the Day" is the distinction I'm adding to recipes that are particularly picnic friendly. As mentioned in another post, this summer most of my recipes are developed to make the best use of the most of the summers produce while at the same time are easily toted about for picnics with friends in the park or garden. This is another great picnic dish as it holds up well with a bit of sweet and a crunchy tang that hold up in the heat.

Balsamic and Basil are best friends in my book. And this is a salad to love during the summer CSA season.

My friend Carol and I enjoyed this with some warmed focaccia and sliced heirloom tomatoes on the side.

Balsamic and Basil, Kale and Kholrabi Toss-Up Salad

One bunch of kale, rinsed, julienned and flash sauteed
One large kholrabi root, peeled and julienned
1/3 c Sunflower Seeds, raw
1 T of finely chopped basil
Dried Cranberries/Raisins or fresh blueberries, apple, pear, tomatoes (optional and depending on the season)

Make a basic vinaigrette -

Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil

Toss and Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Teaser: "Tricorn Tomato Salad"

Since I'm due to taste test my zucchini recipe on a friend tomorrow (that's you, Lori!) and I'm super impatient to share my "summer salivations," here's a quickie:

No recipe, as such, is necessary for this dish. My summer days are lovely and long, so I've committed to making up a picnic dinner to take to our community garden once a week. This past week the night was coming and rainy clouds threatened, so we took our party to the roof in case we had to make a mad dash. Here's one of the "throw-together and throw downs" that I made for my sweetie.

Tricorn Tomato Salad

Serves two, generously

1 ripe heirloom or other tasty red tomato (sans most seeds, as they are hard on the digestion)
2 ears of corn, raw

Chop the tomato. Toss with kernels removed from ears of corn. Chiffonade some basil (be generous - when all is said and done, you should clearly smell the basil over the tomato and corn - I used several small handfuls). Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Back for the summer sun (and tomatoes)!

Now that I have settled into my new life as New Yorker, Brooklynite, and Waldorf teacher - I would like to pick up my food boots and tamp out a new path. I don't yet have a clue as to what the path is or looks like, but I'm ready to tackle the experience of cooking again.

It's been so long since I've used the blogging platform, that I have to relearn some things, so please forgive my stumbling(s) in advance.

As a teacher, I have the summers off. For the next few years, I'll be spending some of the summer in teacher training, but as soon as I get home, I'll pick up where I left off. I intend to continue posting throughout the year, but can't promise much in the way of consistency.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, etc. at

I'll be posting a summer squash recipe soon.