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Watermelon Basil Sweet Tea

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Right now I can’t cook to save my life. It is just not possible. There are those moments in life when the wheels just come off and you free fall Don Draper style off the high rise. That’s where I am. That’s what my life feels like right now. I’ve tried to ‘pretty it up’ and put lip stick on a pig, but at the end of the day, it is still lip stick on a pig. Nothing more. Continue reading ‘Watermelon Basil Sweet Tea’

Tomato Basil Compote – Plump it UP!

As thoughts of this year’s summer garden fill my head, like visions of sugar plum fairies, I wanted to share this ‘oh so simple, yet delicious’ recipe that can be featured many ways. The secret to success…cooking the tomatoes allows the heat to plump-up this fruit masquerading as a vegetable. The finished product is a luscious compote to top grilled foods or serve as a side dish. I like to spoon the compote over pan fried pork chops, place it on top of poached eggs, and use it as a pizza topping. To make it into a quick appetizer, adorn polenta rounds with the compote or add it on top of toast with a dab of ricotta or marscarpone cheese. The possibilities are endless. I look forward to hearing your delicious combinations.

Tomato Basil Compote


1 1/2 TBS olive oil

1 clove garlic, peeled & finely chopped

1 1/2 pint yellow, red, and orange tomatoes

salt & freshly ground pepper

8 large basil leaves


Heat oil in a large-size skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook approximately 3-5 minutes or until soft and golden brown. Add tomatoes, season well with salt and pepper, and cook no longer than 5 minutes, stirring often, until tomatoes are just warm and ready to burst. Add basil and cook approximately 1 minute, until just wilted.

If canning to preserve, place in glass jar while still hot and seal lid immediately to make a seal. I like to make a batch of this towards the end of summer so that as we head into the winter months I can break out a jar to recapture the flavors of days gone by.