July 18, 2014 by Kate
Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods. I love picking them up at my favorite farmers market and eating them in salads, burgers, and fresh pasta and anything else my heart desires. Lucky for me one of my neighbors has a beautiful cherry tomato plant that has more than enough tomatoes for him and I often come home to a bag of freshly picked cherry tomatoes hanging on my door. How pretty are these?
When I pop one of these mini rubies in my mouth they taste fresh with a bright burst of a sweetness. Yum!
One of my favorite and simplest way I like to eat cherry tomatoes are roasted. It takes less than 15 minutes and couldn’t be a faster, fresh, or more attractive looking side dish.
Here’s what I do. Preheat my oven to 425 degrees and rinse my cherry tomatoes and pat them dry. Spread them out in an even layer on a baking sheet and toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a dash of red pepper flakes for a little heat. I then tuck them away in my hot oven for approximately 12-15 minutes until the tomatoes have burst a little. While their in the oven I stir them once or twice to avoid any burning. When they’re done, I pull them out and toss them with fresh basil!
I love paring these roasted tomatoes with fresh fish, pasta, and even eggs – like my roasted broccoli and ham fritatta.
How do you like your tomatoes prepared?
Easy Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- Cherry Tomatoes - 1 1/2 cups
- Olive Oil - 1 TBS
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Peper - 1/2 tsp
- Red Pepper Flakes - 1/8 tsp (less if you don't like heat)
- Fresh Basil - 1/4 cup
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Rinse tomatoes throughly and pat dry.
- Toss tomatoes in olive oil, salt, peper, and red pepper flakes.
- Roast tomatoes for 12-15 minutes until tomatoes start to pop.
- Remove from over and toss with fresh basil.
June 24, 2014 by Kate
From what I can tell, there’s not an “art” to morel hunting. You pretty much need to go spend time in the woods hunting. If you’re one of those lucky folks with a mushroom spot, be sure to check that spot every year. Here are a couple of morel mushroom hunting tips from my experience out in the woods.
- Search on spring days where the weather’s been between 60 and 80 degrees.
- Look before you step! You’d hate to smush a precious morel while you’re out hunting.
- Search near and around Elm, Sycamore, and Ash trees.
- Don’t be afraid to gently move fallen leaves – you could uncover a whole crop of mushrooms.
- When you find one morel, be still and carefully scan the ground around that morel. Chances are good there are more mushrooms growing nearby.
- If you’ve found morels in a certain spot in past years, be sure to check that spot again! You’re chances are pretty good they’ll be growing there again.
- When you pick a morel, pinch off the stem at the base, leaving the mushrooms roots in the ground. It will help you’re chances of morels growing again in the spot next year.
- Take a mesh bag (potato or onion bag) along to store your finds. The mesh bag will allow any bugs or debries to fall to the ground.
- Have a mushroom guide with you to help identify wild fungi. Be careful. There are tons of poisonous mushrooms. Be sure to consult with an expert before eating any foraged fungi.
- Enjoy the great outdoors and have fun!
Disclaimer: Warning. Be careful mushroom hunting and only eat mushrooms that you are positive are morels and are not poisonous. Be sure to consult with an expert before eating any foraged fungi.
What are your tips for mushroom hunting?
June 20, 2014 by Kate
The Kalamazoo Farmers Market is hopping this year! My recent Saturday morning visit was full of bright colors, fresh produce, friendly faces, and best of all, morel mushrooms! Here are some highlights from my recent trip.
Rhubarb is in season right now in southern Michigan. It’s the perfect time of year to make rhubarb pie, crisp, bread, and salads.
Asparagus is also in season. Check out this pretty purple variety. Of course there was tones of the most popular green asparagus. However I didn’t see any white asparagus at the market. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.
I feel very lucky to find morel mushrooms at the market! You can either buy morels at a farmers market or if you’re lucky enough to find them at a grocery store. Or you can forage (go pick them in the woods) like I recently did. Morel’s aren’t easy to find and many people are secretive about their spots. I don’t blame them though! We purchased these morels for $30.
Check out all these beautiful morels my farmer had at the market this day!
There were a couple of food trucks at the farmers market and I was so intrigued by Arcadia Ales duck hash and the pork taco that I had to try them!
More details to come in another post on the Arcadia Ales food truck.
Be sure to check out your local farmers market this summer! You never know what delicious finds you might stumble upon. Here are a couple of farmers market tips to make sure you get the most out of your market experience.
Where’s your favorite farmers market?