Saturday, July 30, 2011

Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Thyme

I've noticed that my cooking interests rotate with the seasons. During summertime when there are so many wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables available, I find my recipes highlighting simplicity. Just like with my last recipe on Fresh Tomato and Red Onion Salad, today's recipe doesn't involve a lot of complex dressings or spices. Instead, it relies on the starchiness of the potato combined with the slight tartness from the apple cider vinegar to create a flavor that, when joined with salad and burger, rounds out a meal perfectly.

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart new red potatoes, washed and cut into chunks
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, smashed and cut in half
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  •  In separate bowl, combine oil, vinegar, rosemary, thyme, and pepper.
  • In 13 x 9 baking dish, combine potatoes, shallot, garlic, and onion.
  • Pour oil mixture over potato mixture. Stir well.
  • Bake at 450 degrees, uncovered, for about 45 minutes. Stir at least once while baking.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fresh Tomato and Red Onion Salad

Do yourself a big favor. Go to the nearest farmers' market or roadside stand and buy the most beautiful tomato you can find. Slice it up, drizzle some oil and vinegar on top, and sit down. Stop everything else you're doing right now and let yourself enjoy the flavor. It is summertime: the perfect time for tomatoes.

Sure, you can buy beefsteak or vine ripe tomatoes from the store, but you would be doing a huge disservice to your palate. Talk to the farmers - ask about their favorites. The tomato I bought today was absolutely gorgeous. It was a deep red, bordering on purple, with a crown of green. The farmer told me that it was the perfect time to eat them. He said, "You will never taste a better tomato in your life." In a world of over-exaggerated statements, this one was 100% accurate.

I love the simplicity of this salad, as well as its flexible nature. Feel free to try it with different tomatoes, different vinegars, additions, or even caramelizing the onions to create a sweet / salty combination.

Ingredients (serves 2)
  • 1 large heirloom tomato, cut into wedges (room temperature is best)
  • sliver of red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Arrange tomatoes on a plate. Sprinkle onion around them.
  2. Dress with a drizzle each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Top with freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Artistic Eatables on Twitter!

If you're on Twitter, you'll be pleased to know that Artistic Eatables is now on Twitter. The account is arteatsblog - come visit and play with me!

In other news, I have a delicious recipe for you, loyal readers, when I return from my vacation. I hope you're all well!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Goat Cheese and Grape Crostini

Looking through my recipe binder, I found a picture of crostini topped with grapes. There was no recipe with it, but I couldn't resist giving them a try. I made a big batch for appetizers at a dinner party and they had disappeared by the time dinner was ready.

My favorite part about this recipe is the combination of hot and cold. Your teeth sink into a warm piece of toasted bread topped with soft melted cheese, but the grapes are still cool with a different kind of crunch. I also like the balance of sweet and salty. If you're not a fan of goat cheese, you might consider making these with another spreadable soft cheese, like brie. Or if you are feeling adventurous, you could try one of the soft cheeses on this list.

  • most of 1 baguette or French loaf, sliced into rounds
  • 8 oz. soft goat cheese
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • red seedless grapes, halved
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Smear each baguette round with goat cheese, then place on large cookie sheet with sides. 
  3. Sprinkle crostini with pepper, then parsley.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-12 minutes, until goat cheese is softened and bread is barely toasted.
  5. Remove from oven. As crostini are cooling, top each round with a few grape halves.