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Friday, August 17, 2012

"Eat food you grow"

Vine-ripened tomato and squash blossom pasta sauce
(Recipe below the fold)
Part 1: The Pasta-sauce Variations

By Linda Felaco

Served over fusilli bucati with grated Parmigiana Reggiano.
Yes, the pasta and cheese are imported. Sorry, I'm too
Italian to eat Prince Spaghetti.
To make the sauce, coat the bottom of a sauté pan with heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil.* (Spain has had a bumper crop of olives, so Spanish olive oil is really cheap right now.) Crush 4-5 cloves of garlic (I get it at the farm stand on Old Coach Road), slice half an onion (I get them at Briarfield Farm on Shannock Road), and add to oil when hot. When onions are translucent, add 6 medium-sized vine-ripened tomatoes,† diced. When the tomatoes are nearly cooked, add 12-15 squash blossoms (tips for harvesting them can be found here), several basil leaves, and salt to taste.

Variation 2:
Garden-fresh tomato and zucchini pasta sauce
(Recipe available at the link)

Variation 3:
with zucchini, squash blossoms, and tomatoes.
Follow the same basic recipe as above, but with zucchini in place of most of the tomatoes.‡

Buon appetito! 

*Full disclosure: The EVOO is of course imported. Ya don't see a lot of olive groves in RI, sadly.
†Basil, tomatoes and zucchini are homegrown; unless otherwise noted, tomato varieties are purple cherokee, pink brandywine, or supersteak. 
‡This is a dish from last year, when we grew plum tomatoes.