Monthly Archives: July 2012

Breaded Tomatoes

Think of these as a cross between fried green tomatoes and eggplant Parmesan. Breaded Tomatoes 3 large ripe tomatoes 3/4 cup breadcrumbs 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano salt/pepper to taste 1 egg, beaten mozzarella olive oil Cut the tomatoes in … Continue reading

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Roasted Tomato Soup

We could eat fresh tomatoes every day of the year. Which is good because the plants are still producing like rabbits. This soup is made exceptional by the use of a specific chicken stock. Regular chicken stock can be used … Continue reading

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Tomato Martinis

Wait, you didn’t think we’d skip cocktail night during Tomato Week did you? It’s summer. Make your own tomato juice while you still can. Tomato Martinis 2 ounces gin 1/2 ounce dry vermouth 3 ounces fresh tomato juice (see note … Continue reading

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Grilled Romas

By Katherine Each year we go through the same song and dance when it comes to choosing the tomatoes  for the garden. I say Early Girl; he says Roma. I say Big Boy; he says Roma. I say cherry; he … Continue reading

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Roasted Tomato and Pepper Pasta

Pairing tomatoes and herbs that are cut fresh from the garden with roasted peppers and tomatoes makes this pasta sing. We didn’t feel the need for cheese — a first — but throw some in if you want. We ate … Continue reading

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Kicking off Tomato Week

We’ve had such a great tomato crop this year that we’re throwing a bit of a party over here at the Rufus Guide. Miss Chica, you bring the olives; Chicago John, you bring the cheese and Roger, wine please? What … Continue reading

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Grilled and Butterflied Pork Loin

Make sure to cook this over direct moderate heat by regulating the air over the coals. Butterflying the pork will help it cook faster without it drying out due to the low amount of fat to keep the meat moist. … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday Dinner

Turn on the AC and make this Sunday. Or just turn on the oven and stay out of the kitchen. Take a four- to five-pound chicken, rub it down with about a third cup of pesto, getting under the breast … Continue reading

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Lemon Cornmeal Cakes

We prefer desserts that serve two, so we don’t have leftovers. These cakes were inspired by this Bon Appetit recipe. We went heavier on the cornmeal and lemon and skipped the berry topping they suggested among other changes. Lemon Cornmeal … Continue reading

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Salty Dogs

While our dogs can be quite ornery, we’re looking at you Coltrane, it’s a Wednesday so we’re of course talking cocktails. This is a simple one. We used 100 percent juice. (It was on sale!) But fresh is always best. … Continue reading

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