Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tomato Pie Part 8?

I really don't know what number it is, but I am back at making Tomato Pie.  I still find it passingly strange that I really like it.  I am set out to making it the best.  I used Roma tomatoes for this pie, and fresh herbs from the garden.  I think it came out the best so far.

I started out by cubing the tomatoes, putting them in the colander with salt to drain the excess water. 

I went to the garden to pick spicy oregano, oregano, globe basil, chives, thyme, and parsley.  I washed, dried and chopped about 4 tablespoons of each.
 In keeping with "everything is better with bacon" theme....
 I put a pie crust in the quiche/tart pan and blind baked it for 20 minutes.
 In a large bowl I mixed eggs, mayonnaise, cheddar, mozzarella, and Andrew's grated cheese.

When the bacon was finished baking, I took 2 tablespoons of the bacon dripping, then sauteed shallots & garlic.  When it was cooled I added the bacon, shallot, garlic mixture to the bowl.  I then folded in the tomatoes.  I then added the mixture to the cooled pie crust. 
I baked it for 45 minutes at 350.

 After his outside chores were done, Andrew came inside to help with the evening fare.  I think he missed his true calling.

Andrew then grilled the lamb chops.

 Perfection, Andrew grilled them to perfection.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Tomato Pie. 

Life just don't get much better.


Monday, August 25, 2014

No yellow only green this time, thank you.

Broccoli Rabe has got it's deliciousness firmly entrenched in my palate.  This summer should be called the "Summer of Broccoli Rabe".   I just cannot get enough, even as I am typing this, I am thinking that I have to run downstairs to take the sausage out of the freezer.  I did my best to only make Broccoli Rabe and sausage over oricchiette.  I love that macaroni.  My Mom and Dad came for a quick visit the other day, so not really needing an excuse to make it again, but using it as an excuse, to make it again, I went to the market to buy sausage, it has to be good sausage, and broccoli Rabe.  My Mom said that she never has had Broccoli Rabe, so sorry to remind her that Mrs. Gallo (not me) made it quite often for Andrew, she ate it.  Then again Mrs. Gallo could cook an old sneaker flavored with dirty underwear and socks, and it would be the best meal you have ever had. 

So I went to three different green markets to get the Broccoli Rabe, I did not have much of a selection, they all had yellow.  You never, ever, ever buy yellow because it is bitter. 

The sausage on the other hand were pretty fantastic....
It came together.
 I drained off the worries

It came together wonderfully.
So my end result was slightly sorry.  Adding cheese made everything right.   So did my Mom and Dad.
Andrew too, he always makes everything better. 
My Mom looks great, she really does.

My Parent's have such a busy schedule, I should half as busy, they left after three days, they had places they needed to be. 

Sunday was a most wonderful day.  Dinner was just as good.  The Stop&Shop finally had two good looking steaks, then so did we.  The Meat Dept. at that store doesn't cut thick steaks, so we never get them there.

They were pretty good looking so we took the chance.

Andrew rubbed them with Canadian Steak Seasoning.

My part was the toughest.  I had to take the "Crunch Summer Salad" and Cole Slaw from the fridge, and the fries from the freezer.

Then I set the table.  Yeah, it was rough.

Andrew grilled dinner to perfection.

We sat down with a wonderful glass of lemonade soda.
All we needed was some candlelight.

I had the filet, it was like butter.

It is vital.