Brunch Gazpacho

Two “Spanish” dishes in a row? well, actually my favorite go-to gazpacho recipe is not from a Spanish book. It’s from David Leite’s lovely The New Portuguese table cookbook. So, let’s say this is Portuguese. As a blueprint it is very much like a typical Spanish gazpacho; tomato based with supporting summer vegetables, herbs and plentyContinue reading “Brunch Gazpacho”

Quick Market Dinners

For the past few weeks, every Thursday, a farmers’ market have been setup in the plaza center right next to my office. I did not honestly expect much but was pleasantly surprised. A couple of vendors are selling fresh eggs, there several with good summer vegetables, a very good bread stand, several prepared food and “treats’Continue reading “Quick Market Dinners”

VDP: Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Thursday, August 28, 2008 Tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. Few ingredients are better when combined. I love to make this salad with the best tomatoes I can find. I toss them with a dressing made with excellent quality olive oil (a Sicilian one in this case), very little minced garlic, salt and pepper. The keyContinue reading “VDP: Tomato and Mozzarella Salad”

VDP: Classic Gazpacho

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 One of the few cold “soups” I enjoy a lot is Gazpacho. I put quotes around the word soup because this refreshing summer treat is more like a beverage. It is best poured in a tall glass and chugged. On the other hand, Gazpacho is quiet filling and makes for aContinue reading “VDP: Classic Gazpacho”

VDP: Vegetarian Grilling

Sunday, June 15, 2008 I love a good steak or pork chop (or chicken or ribs for that matter) cooked over natural wood charcoal as much as the next guy. Let’s face it, the reason we light up our grills is to cook meat. It is the ultimate pleasure that hot charcoal can provide. However,Continue reading “VDP: Vegetarian Grilling”