everything but the kitchen sink

I am an avid cook

my inner chef is assisting with this mélange of all things gastro related

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Eggplant, aubergine (also known as melongene, garden egg or guinea squash).
This one was grown in our vegetable garden. Did you know that the eggplant is related to both the tomato and the potato.

I am going to make eggplant with onions in a rich and spicy tomato sauce – finished product and recipe to follow.

Eggplant, aubergine (also known as melongene, garden egg or guinea squash).

This one was grown in our vegetable garden. Did you know that the eggplant is related to both the tomato and the potato.

I am going to make eggplant with onions in a rich and spicy tomato sauce – finished product and recipe to follow.

gastropost:

From Gastroposter Sara Verk:

Always finding the freshest Ontario corn, here is the corn cooked and ready to be consumed. Use peaches and cream corn. Soak the corn in the husk for 20 minutes. Heat up the BBQ and cook the corn in the husk for 20 minutes. Cooking the corn in the husk ensures the most deliciously juicy and tender corn on the cob. Peel back the charred husk and all you need is a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and enjoy

gastropost:

From Gastroposter Sara Verk:

Always finding the freshest Ontario corn, here is the corn cooked and ready to be consumed. Use peaches and cream corn. Soak the corn in the husk for 20 minutes. Heat up the BBQ and cook the corn in the husk for 20 minutes. Cooking the corn in the husk ensures the most deliciously juicy and tender corn on the cob. Peel back the charred husk and all you need is a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and enjoy
Does It Matter If Tomatoes Are Ugly? Heirloom tomatoes are ugly and wrinkly but they are hearty and juicy.

Many heirloom tomato varieties are furrowed, uneven in shape, or unusually colored. The term “ugly tomato” can be used to describe a number of some undesirable conditions affecting this fruit. Ugly tomatoes may have an uneven shape and a growth defect. Both radial and concentric cracking in tomatoes can contribute to the ugly appearance. Both are caused by an extremely high growth rate, especially while the fruit color is developing.  

Does It Matter If Tomatoes Are Ugly? Heirloom tomatoes are ugly and wrinkly but they are hearty and juicy.

Many heirloom tomato varieties are furrowed, uneven in shape, or unusually colored. The term “ugly tomato” can be used to describe a number of some undesirable conditions affecting this fruit. Ugly tomatoes may have an uneven shape and a growth defect. Both radial and concentric cracking in tomatoes can contribute to the ugly appearance. Both are caused by an extremely high growth rate, especially while the fruit color is developing.  

How do my chocolate chip cookies stack up?
Crisp edges, chewy middles and so easy to make - based on an allrecipes.com recipe.
Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water.
Add to batter along with salt.
Stir in flour and chocolate chips.
Drop table spoons full onto ungreased baking pans.

Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are nicely browned.

How do my chocolate chip cookies stack up?

Crisp edges, chewy middles and so easy to make - based on an allrecipes.com recipe.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp hot water

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.

Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.

Dissolve baking soda in hot water.

Add to batter along with salt.

Stir in flour and chocolate chips.

Drop table spoons full onto ungreased baking pans.

Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are nicely browned.

Weekend road trip in Ontario, travelling the back roads of Chatham County. Endless farm stands, fields of corn, soy beans, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and so much more. Amazingly fresh local produce.

The most amazing expansive field of #Roma #tomatoes in #Chatham  near #Windsor #ontario #kitchensinkblog @verkgo #feedfeed #f52grams @thefeedfeed @food52

The most amazing expansive field of #Roma #tomatoes in #Chatham near #Windsor #ontario #kitchensinkblog @verkgo #feedfeed #f52grams @thefeedfeed @food52

I bought a bunch of Organic Green Chard from my local farmers market. This leafy green vegetable has large stalks. The leaves are highly nutritious and are considered to be one of the most healthful vegetables.

This recipe was inspired by two different Martha Stewart recipes

Barley Risotto is very hearty with the addition of Raisins for sweetness, toasted Pine Nuts for the nuttiness and finished with Balsamic reduction. I used vegetable and mushroom stock to keep this dish completely vegetarian.

Today’s tomato crop, including some odd shaped “tushie” tomatoes.  They may look odd, but they taste amazing.

A Vodka Martini Is usually garnished with an olive, a “twist” of lemon peel, capers, or cocktail onions. My husband likes something untraditional in his Vodka martini, so I pickled garlic scapes and added one with a few pickled cocktail onions.

A Vodka Martini Is usually garnished with an olive, a “twist” of lemon peel, capers, or cocktail onions. My husband likes something untraditional in his Vodka martini, so I pickled garlic scapes and added one with a few pickled cocktail onions.

We are enjoying our tomato harvest everyday with so many delicious juicy sweet little jewels that taste like sunshine. We packed some up and gave them to our friends.

We are enjoying our tomato harvest everyday with so many delicious juicy sweet little jewels that taste like sunshine. We packed some up and gave them to our friends.

Chocolate dipped marshmallow - playing with food for an upcoming sweet table

Chocolate dipped marshmallow - playing with food for an upcoming sweet table

This is the time of the summer when tomatoes are ripening fast and furious. Drying ripe tomatoes in the oven is a brilliant idea. Drying them in a low-temperature oven increases and escalates their flavor. Preserve them in olive oil and serve with your favorite dish suitable for sun-dried tomatoes. The tomatoes that I used are beautiful red and plump heirloom drying Tomato-Principe Borghese sprinkled with sea salt, oregano and olive oil. Seeds are from Eagleridge Seeds.                        

Red and gold jewels of sweetness grown in my backyard by @verkgo #kitchensinkblog #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams @food52 #tomato #heirloom

Red and gold jewels of sweetness grown in my backyard by @verkgo #kitchensinkblog #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #f52grams @food52 #tomato #heirloom

Rice Krispie Square #kitchensinkblog #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #food52#f52grams @food52 #ricekrispiesquare

Rice Krispie Square #kitchensinkblog #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #food52#f52grams @food52 #ricekrispiesquare

I’m baking bread again.
No Knead Rye Bread
Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose
1 ½ cups rye flour
2 tsp kosher salt
1 ½ tsp active dry yeast
1 ½ cups lukewarm water
Method
In a large bowl stir together the flour, salt and yeast. 
Add the water into the well. 
Mix incorporating the water into the flour until you have a shaggy dough that is quite sticky.
Add a little more water if dough is dry.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm place for 3-6 hours.
Heat the oven to 450º F.
Place a corningware dish with lid or Dutch oven in the oven and heat for 30 minutes.
While the Dutch oven is heating up in the oven; place the dough onto a floured counter.
Fold the dough over and form into a ball, with the seal on the bottom.
Cover with plastic or a dishcloth.
Remove the heated dish after 30 minutes and place the ball of dough into the heated dish.
Cover and place in the oven.
Cook for 30 minutes; uncover and cook 10 – 15 minutes more.
Knock on the crust and see if it sounds hollow.
Remove the bread from the pot when it has cooled slightly and transfer to a cooling rack. 

I’m baking bread again.

No Knead Rye Bread

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose

1 ½ cups rye flour

2 tsp kosher salt

1 ½ tsp active dry yeast

1 ½ cups lukewarm water

Method

In a large bowl stir together the flour, salt and yeast. 

Add the water into the well. 

Mix incorporating the water into the flour until you have a shaggy dough that is quite sticky.

Add a little more water if dough is dry.

Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm place for 3-6 hours.

Heat the oven to 450º F.

Place a corningware dish with lid or Dutch oven in the oven and heat for 30 minutes.

While the Dutch oven is heating up in the oven; place the dough onto a floured counter.

Fold the dough over and form into a ball, with the seal on the bottom.

Cover with plastic or a dishcloth.

Remove the heated dish after 30 minutes and place the ball of dough into the heated dish.

Cover and place in the oven.

Cook for 30 minutes; uncover and cook 10 – 15 minutes more.

Knock on the crust and see if it sounds hollow.

Remove the bread from the pot when it has cooled slightly and transfer to a cooling rack.