Pasta with Baked Cherry Tomatoes

Our larger tomatoes are ripening slowly this year, which is surprising given the heat. But our cherry tomato plants are going crazy! We’ve been adding them to everything, making nectarine and cherry tomato salads (because my nectarine tree is also in full production mode, slicing them and adding them to quesadillas, making salsa, and of […]

Quick Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Capers

This quick spaghetti with tomatoes and capers also has fresh basil, garlic and bread crumbs. I’ve made pasta with breadcrumbs before and loved the texture of the crunchy breadcrumbs with the soft pasta.  Adding tomatoes and capers adds another layer of flavor. As an aside, I always have fresh bread crumbs in the freezer. They’re […]

Poached Zucchini with Olive Oil: A New-to-Me Way to Cook Zucchini

My zucchini plants are still producing and I share the green and white striped ones with my boyfriend’s mother. The other day she said she was going to fix them in an old Italian way, boiling them and then serving with just olive oil and salt. I was intrigued. I’ve cooked them in many different […]

Fried Zucchini with Homemade Ranch Dressing

I’ve got several zucchini plants in the garden this year. I’m a glutton for punishment! I’ve been really good about checking on the zucchini every morning and evening–they grow that fast sometimes!  And still one escaped me: how did I not see this? The smaller ones I enjoy sliced and grilled with other vegetables or […]

Spaghetti with Zucchini

When the garden is giving you lots of zucchini, pick some small ones with the blossoms still attached and make this spaghetti. It’s so simple but tastes great–and it’s super easy to make!  It probably tastes just as good without the blossoms so make it with small zucchini without the blossoms if need be.   […]