Food Tuesdays-Rustic And Healthy

Our kitchen always overflows with ripe tomatoes, basil (my favorite flavor) and things like zucchini or yellow crookneck squash. One of my favorite meals involves all of them. I made a rustic tomato and basil sauce over pasta and grilled squash. I also made a tuna steak with kale, cranberries and, of all things, Polygamy Porter. It was kind of awesome.

Pasta and Tomato Sauce

10 medium sized fresh tomatoes
2 large cloves garlic
1 bunch basil (I have no idea how to estimate how much…about 20 leaves, no stems)
Olive oil, salt and pepper
Agave nectar

In pan, place about 2-3 tbsp of olive oil and heat to med-low. Add chopped garlic and cook gently for about 15 minutes.

Core and seed tomatoes and blend the flesh and skin in the Cuisinart. Drain tomato puree (it will be slightly rough, but a puree).

Place puree back in Cuisinart with olive oil, garlic and the basil and blend.

Add to pan with a little more oil, salt pepper and a mere drizzle of agave nectar.

Simmer on low.

Toss cooked pasta (according to package) in sauce and top with a drizzle of oil and parmesan cheese.

Tuna With Kale

1 or 2 tuna steaks
1 tsp butter
1 large shallot, minced
Juice of one lemon
About 1/4 bottle of porter
Kale salad leftovers (chopped kale, cranberries, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar).

Place butter in soup pan and melt, add shallot and saute.

Add lemon and porter and warm.

Add tuna steak, and cover with kale.

Heat until steaming and then reduce heat, and cover pan until done.

Grilled Squash

4 small yellow squash, ends trimmed
1 tsp (or so) butter (or oil)
Salt, pepper

Using a mandoline, or if you are very talented, a knife, slice the squash into thin strips.
Pat squash strips very dry.

Melt butter on a grill pan

Place squash strips on the grill pan and salt and pepper the top side of squash.

Cook on medium high until the butter begins to caramelize the squash, then turn pieces.

The groovy thing about this method is that depending on the thickness, you can use the squash strips in any number of amazing ways-like a squash casserole or lasagna, thin, thin, thin wrapped with prosciutto around asparagus, spread with chevre and wrapped around grilled mushrooms or cherry tomatoes. Amazingness.


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  1. Tomato and basil season is short and enjoyed with full gusto in New England. August is a month of gazpacho and marinara. One variation that Kevin frowns at now but would eat if I set it in front of him is what we call “fishy pasta.” Open cans and jars of whatever fish products are in the cupboard and fridge: anchovies, sardines, salmon, tuna. Put some into the tomato sauce you’re making from whatever’s in the farm share, and serve it over pasta.

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