Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pomodoro Cruda made with Orange Vine-ripened Tomatoes on Angel Hair Pasta

Pomodoro Cruda made with Orange Vine-ripened Tomatoes on Angel Hair Pasta

My friend Kathryn Elswick gave me a bunch of her fresh cherry and grape tomatoes along with a little fresh basil. I had to make this easy dish. Serve it with fresh bread and a good red zinfandel and hold on to your tastebuds! This is about as good as summer eating gets.

3 C Vine-ripened, orange tomatoes (any vine ripened tomato will also work well)

1/2 C Extra virgin olive oil

2 CLOVES Garlic, pressed

1 TSP Crushed red pepper

20 Fresh basil leaves with buds, torn, not chopped

2 TSP Fresh ground Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

1 LB Angel hair pasta

1. Cut tomatoes in half (If using red tomatoes, scrape out seeds). Remove core and chop into about 1/2" chunks.

2. Toss all ingredients except the pasta. Cover, refrigerate and let stand for 30 minutes for flavors to blend.

3. Cook the pasta, drain, add a little olive oil and toss.

4. While pasta is still warm, divide between 4-6 plates (depending on appetite) and top with the cold pomodoro sauce. Offer more Parmigiano Reggiano at table.

Back Online

First of all I’d like to point out why once again I love Apple and their many products. A few weeks back I was baking and spilled a glass of very good Zinfandel on my Macbook pro. This was sad on a few levels. A week ago I was answering my E-mail and the screen started shaking and there was a loud clicking sound coming from my laptop. I pressed on the area where the sound came from (this is the twenty first century version of whacking it with a hammer!) The sound quit, so I did a back-up and called the Apple store to set up a appointment. The next day I dropped by the store and a very nice young man told me that the laptop had obvious evidence of liquid damage. He said that they’d try to keep the repair cost down and I told him that a few hundred dollars would break us right now. So he said that he would send it back to the factory for a level 4 repair. It would be free of charge unless it was totaled, in which case they would refuse to fix it… ever! It took a week but they replaced the mother board several cables the inner face and keyboard and I think the hard drive. It was about $800 worth of parts. They called today and I’m writing you on my laptop right now. The best part… no charge. They said that things happen and I’ve been a good customer. Like I said, I love Apple and their many products.

So I’m back online and the bread is going well. There has been a development on the Connex box, the twine I was using to hold the foam in place is not UV resistant, so it’s falling off the box and I’m replacing it with galvanized wire.

See you soon!