Sweet Ginger Love Tomato Jam


Did you know that that there is  a tomato called ‘Pomme d’Amour’ ? Literally it translates to  “love apple” Pomme d’Amour (French for “love apple”) is similar to these small-fruit tomatoes that were mostly grown for ornament; however, the mild, pinkish-red tomatoes are ideal for garden snacking, salads, and drying. Because they re so hard to find, we used Roma tomatoes for this love jam. Fragrant and delicious, this sweet jam is a favorite at tea time or for a romantic  breakfast in bed.

Enjoy!

 

Ingredients (for 2-1/2 twelve ounce jars)

1-1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
3-1/2 cups sugar

Measure into a large non reactive pot, discarding seeds and juice left on cutting board. Add sugar.

Stir in the ginger. Place pot on stove on high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Maintain a full boil until thick and clear . This takes about 20 minutes. Stir often to avoid burning during the last few minutes.

Remove from the heat, allow to stand a moment or two for scum to side and set, so it may be easily removed. Place in hot sterilized jars, cool slightly and seal with paraffin. Yields approximately 2-1/2 twelve ounce jars.

Foie Gras Salad by Petrossian

 

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Thinking of a romatic Valentine’s day dinner which requires little fuss? Try this tempting luscious foie gras salad. The man issue with foie gras is the quality, get a bad one and your are one step away from .. well cat food. Get the right one and you are in for a treat from the gods or pleasure… 

The crisp apples play opposite to the foie gras terrine. Top with the delicious shallot vinaigrette and voila.. love is in the air!

 

Ingredients:

1 pound baby frisee

16 walnut halves

16 haricot Verts, (french green beans) blanched

1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and cut into a small dice

Foie Gras Terrine, 8 oz. 

4 teaspoons of white truffle oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette

1 cup olive oil

4 large shallots, peeled and sliced thinly

3 teaspoons of chopped thyme

3 teaspoons of chopped parsley

¼ cup of sherry vinegar

Salt and pepper

In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering and add shallots. Sauté for two minutes, then lower the heat to low and add the vinegar, salt, pepper, and herbs. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the shallots are tender .Remove from the heat and cool. When the shallots are cool, add them to a blender and blend for 30 seconds, add the olive oil in a steady thin stream to form an emulsion. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if needed.

 

Assembly

 

In a large bowl, combine the frisee, walnuts, haricot verts, apple, and four ounces of the foie gras terrine cut into ¼ inch dice. Dress the salad with the roasted shallot vinaigrette and toss to combine. Divide onto 4 chilled plates and top each salad with a one ounce slice of the remaining foie gras terrine. Drizzle a teaspoon of truffle oil over each slice and serve chilled.

 

Serves 4


Grape Tomato Italian Bruschetta

Bruschetta are delicious starters, they appeal to most palates and are so easy to prepare. A key ingredient is a tasty tomato, but where to get a tomato that is tasty in the middle or winter? It’s not that there are dozens of farmers markets with luscious fruits on display. Market tomatoes are , well, forcefully ripened, mushy and bland in flavor. The solution a miniature gem that grows year-round in hothouses :the grape tomato! If you never had one they are sweet, have the taste of a a full size summer tomato and are simply delightful to serve! Up until now they were reserved to prepare salads, but when duty calls this mighty fruit can live up to the most demanding fresh tomato recipes, like this bruschetta. Enjoy!

2 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup black pitted olives, sliced
1/3 cup green olives, sliced
1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/3 sweet onion, finely minced
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine tomatoes, onion and garlic in bowl and mix gently. Let sit for a minute , then add the olives, the oil, vinegar and salt pepper to taste. Let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. Serve over grilled sliced Italian or French bread sliced 3/4 inches thick. If you are on  a gluten-free diet, serve on rice crackers instead.

Bolognese Sauce (Tomato & Meat)

 

It’s sooooo cold! How about something simple, hearty and simply delicious? Taking a step back on memory lane ,I remember my dearest Grandma making the best of what she had, Italian style. So it was customary for her to make spaghetti and meatballs. But if time was short and appetites were calling for food, she would make this delicious Bolognese sauce and serve on top of pasta, polenta or potatoes. The result : full tummies and warm hearts.  We also tried the recipe with ground turkey and it was just as fabulous! Enjoy

Ingredients: (for 6 cups of sauce)

2 lbs fresh Roma tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 lb lean ground meat
2 yellow onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbls olive oil
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 tsp chopped basil
2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
dash of sugar
1 Tbls balsamic vinegar

Heat the olive in a sauce pot, incorporate the garlic and let cook for 15 to 20 seconds; quickly add the onions and stir , let cook till translucent. Incorporate meat, cook till browned, stirring frequently. Add the diced tomatoes and the tomato paste. Let mixture come to a boil, then reduce heat and add the herbs, salt & pepper to taste. Add the sugar and the vinegar and stir. Let cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, the flavors will be well blended and the sugar will reduce the acidity of the sauce. Serve over your favorite pasta or over polenta or potatoes for a gluten free dish. Add fresh grated Pecorino Romano as a topping and enjoy!.

Sticky Toffee Cookies

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In the mood for a sweetheart of a cookie that will not take all day to make? These sticky toffee cookies hit the spot. I first tried these delights at a holiday cookie swap and been hooked ever since. They are the perfect Valentines day treat!
Use peanuts instead of regular walnuts in case of allergies 

2 sticks of butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 box graham crackers(*)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile place the butter in a pan over medium heat and bring to a boil Add the sugar and stir till dissolved. take off the heat and stir in the nuts. Line bottom of a baking sheet with sides ( do not use a cookie sheet) with graham crackers. Spread butter nut mixture over the crackers. Bake for 10 minutes . Let cool till they are slightly warm and separate/ slice to your liking. ENJOY!

(*) please pay attention to graham crackers ingredients since they may include corn, soy and/ or other food allergens