Ratatouille by Julia Child

Honeybrook Farms, NJ

Honeybrook Farms, NJ

For someone who loves to cook, I don’t often follow recipes exactly.  I mean I use them all the time, but I tend to have a rather loose manner with them, altering them to my tastes or using my own experiences with a dish.  Except of course with baking.  Baking is a science and experimenting with it can have disastrous results. But in cooking I feel a bit more confident, and use recipes more to educate myself on a technique, or flavor ideas. There are exceptions to this rule of course, and one of them is trying to cook a specific dish from “Mastering The Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child.  You don’t mess with Julia’s way of doing things…. 

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Overnight Tomatoes

Organic Tomatoes

Organic Tomatoes

I have been making Overnight Tomatoes for years now.  So long I don’t need to look at a recipe. Of course the recipe is so simple I memorized it after the first time, and you will as well.

It’s important to note that I did NOT make this recipe up.  I have made little changes at times, but the original recipe (named Moonblush tomatoes) is from the cookbook “Nigella Express” by Nigella Lawson. I dig Nigella.  Maybe it’s that even though she is beautiful, she seems so normal.  Maybe it’s the accent….whatever it is I asked for and I received that cookbook many years ago as a christmas gift and I am SO happy I got it back after the “great cookbook disappearance fiasco of 2012-2013″ .  There are a handful of recipes in the book I make time and again, along with many I have not tried.

Yet…. 

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Zucchini Polenta Lasagna

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Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.”
― Julia Child

Or pan. Or baking dish. Or mixing bowl…..

Sage advice from Mrs. Child, and something I occasionally forget to do. Now, due to Littledude’s vehement refusal of greens I have resorted to trickery and deceit these days.  Although a lot of dairy is not good for anyone, cheese is the proverbial “Golden Ticket” of ingredients to get him to eat anything green these days so cheesey goodness hiding the veggies is the way I have been going…. 

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Cheese To The Mac

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Confession time. I know that dairy is not good for you. I know humans weren’t “meant to eat” dairy products. I know dairy can cause inflammation, congestion, allergies etc. But here’s the thing.

I. Don’t Care.

Ok I DO care, but I can NOT stop myself from eating cheese. I am Italian and I am allergic to Red Wine, Gluten, and I don’t eat lamb or veal (baby animal issues). All things that drove my late grandmother absolutely NUTS. So if I lose the cheese then I am basically not an Italian! Except I do have the talking with my hands, highly excitable, vicious temper thing going on for me…. 

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