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August 14, 2014

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are one of my favorite things about summer.


Love love love them. 

I use a combination of flour and cornmeal which gives it a perfectly crispy coating, 
then I shallow fry them in a little bit of olive oil. After that, a couple of shakes of 
Frank's and a squirt of lemon or lime is all you need.

Linked with Weekend Potluck and Foodie Friday.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

3 green tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Fresh cracked pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3/4 cup buttermilk

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium to medium high heat. Cut tomatoes into 1/4 - 1/3 inch slices. Stir together cornmeal, flour, salt, garlic powder and both peppers in a bowl. Pour buttermilk into another bowl. Dip tomato slices into buttermilk, then coat evenly in flour mixture. Add to the heated oil and cook 2-3 minutes on each side until crispy. Fry tomatoes in batches so you don't overcrowd the skillet. Use more oil if needed.

Serve with Frank's Red Hot and Lemon or Lime.


August 10, 2014

Super Simple & Fresh Tomato Sauce


With tomatoes in season, there's no better time to make this 
easy and light, fresh tomato sauce. So good!


It couldn't be easier to throw together. 

I served it over ricotta and spinach tortellini with some fresh
grated Parmesan cheese and basil. 

Having leftover tortellini is a bonus because I use it for one of my favorite salads. 


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Super Simple & Fresh Tomato Sauce

2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper
5 large tomatoes, rough chop
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp sugar
Handful of fresh basil

Cut tomatoes into big chunks and blend until smooth.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil, onion with a pinch of salt, pepper and red pepper flakes; saute until it starts to soften. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Stir in pureed tomatoes, Italian seasoning and sugar. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 20-25 minutes or until desired consistency. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in fresh basil.