Category: Main Dishes

Pasta with Butter Roasted Tomatoes

Pasta with Butter Roasted Tomatoes

What can be said for tomatoes in winter? Nothing good, really. When I think of winter tomatoes, I think of mealy, pink, flavorless wedges atop bland iceberg lettuce salads at crappy restaurants. They’re the hallmark of bad salads served everywhere. Almost all of the sugars in a fresh tomato are produced within the last couple […]

January 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese

Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese

Recently when I served this warm lentil salad to Mr. President for dinner, he said, “If every salad was like this, I could totally be vegetarian!” That’s when I said, “Dude, there’s bacon in here.” So, yeah, there’s bacon, and it is fabulous! We eat a lot of salads in our house, and I’m always looking […]

December 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Spicy Beans and Wilted Greens Stew

Spicy Beans and Wilted Greens Stew

What do you do to celebrate your wedding anniversary when when both of you are super-busy and generally not fond of ritual and gift-giving? Well, our 6th wedding anniversary was just last weekend and to celebrate it, we took a few hours one Sunday to take a drive and leaf peep. We ended up at […]

October 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kitchen Kat’s Catfish Curry

Kitchen Kat’s Catfish Curry

When the temperatures outside become cooler, the meals coming out of my kitchen become a little hotter. There are few things that warm me up faster than a mildly spicy stew served up with crusty French bread and a generous pour of velvety red wine. This particular stew is a zesty curry that comes straight from […]

October 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Dry-Rubbed Grilled Steak with Corn and Tomato Salsa

Dry-Rubbed Grilled Steak with Corn and Tomato Salsa

Are you sleeping with your windows open yet? We are. I love this time of year, the beginning of fall. I’m not quite ready to give up summer food until next year though, so I’m indulging in all the late-season veggies I can. And nothing says, “I refuse to accept the end of summer” like outdoor cooking. […]

September 25, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Spaghetti with Sicilian Pesto

Spaghetti with Sicilian Pesto

There are a few people in my life who never let me down: Mr. President, my parents, Jon Stewart, and Ina Garten. Topping the list of people who do sometimes let me down is Martha Stewart. I dig her, a lot. And, I admire her for all her accomplishments, her marketing and business brilliance and her […]

September 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

A few years ago, I was fortunate to have a day job located in Princeton, New Jersey and a stone’s throw from a phenomenal Thursday afternoon farmers market where I would often spend my lunch hour. Princeton is an upscale town with lots of educated people from all over the country. To appeal to these […]

August 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Baked Eggplant Gratin

Baked Eggplant Gratin

Eggplant harvested right from the Tomato Envy garden is one of my favorite end-of-summer treats. I said last year that I was going to grow less eggplant, but it didn’t happen. This year though, I’m much better equipped with eggplant recipes so that none of it goes to waste. Compared to standard supermarket eggplant, the world […]

August 7, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Roasted Snapper with Harissa, Potatoes and Spring Onions

Roasted Snapper with Harissa, Potatoes and Spring Onions

What could be better than a one-pan meal with a short list of ingredients that add up to dinner greatness? When the weather’s nice, there’s too much work to do in the garden, too many hummingbirds to watch, and too many mojitos to enjoy poolside to be stuck in the kitchen all day or chasing down […]

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Spring Vegetable Risotto

Spring Vegetable Risotto

I put risotto in the same bucket as frittata. If you have eggs to make a frittata, you have a meal. If you have arborio rice in your pantry, you have a meal, too. Both dishes can be made with whatever fresh produce you have on hand from your local farmer’s market or even your […]

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