Thursday, August 5, 2010

CSA Tomato Beauties

We have a CSA share through Edible Old Dominion, and are enjoying the fresh, local produce.  Tomatoes are really coming in, so I enjoyed making this appetizer for me and a friend this afternoon.  Simply slice up the tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, sliced fresh basil and Trader Joe's Quattro Formaggio.  Heaven.

Later for dinner, I made this broccoli side inspired by The Barefoot Contessa's Best Broccoli of Your Life recipe.  Preheat oven to 425.  Toss broccoli florets in olive oil and minced garlic and a little salt.  Put on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes (or more depending on how crispy you like it).  The last three minutes of baking take the baking sheet out and add pine nuts for roasting.  Mix it all together, and dice up a tomato.  You can even spritz with fresh lemon, and sprinkle with parmesan, but it's great as is.  Roasting the broccoli brings out a sweetness and texture that is never possible from just steaming.

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