Thursday, September 8, 2016

Provencal Tomatoes

Provencal Tomatoes
recipe adapted from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)
Cook's notes:
I found this recipe to be the essence of late summer harvest with vine ripened tomatoes and fresh herbs. It was emphasized in recipe preparation to use fresh bread crumbs and fresh herbs. But I did find 1-1/2 TB. herbes de provence an excellent substitution for fresh if not available.
Bread crumbs were made by cutting off crusts of either whole wheat or white bread, pulse in food processor.
Since I found the stuffing a little dry I drizzled a little olive oil over top of each bread stuffed tomato before baking. It was recommended in the recipe to use a good olive oil.

  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs (about 5 slices)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup minced scallions, white and green parts
  • 2 TB. minced flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 TB. minced fresh basil
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 TB. grated Parmesan cheese
  • olive oil 
  • optional: using 1-1/2 TB herbes de Provence instead of fresh herbs

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut core from tomatoes, removing as little as possible. Cut them in half crosswise and remove seeds and juice. 
  • Turn tomatoes upside down on a paper towel to get all of the juices out.
  • Place tomatoes in greased baking dish right side up.
  • In food processor, add bread to make crumbs and then add in scallions, garlic and spices. Pulse a few times to blend.
  • Sprinkle tomatoes with a little salt and cracked pepper
  • Fill the cavities of the tomatoes with bread mixture, add basil and drizzle with olive oil and bake 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with Gruyere cheese and Parmesan cheese and bake for 2-3 minutes till cheese melted.
First Day of School 
by Judith Viorst

Will they let me go when I need to go to the bathroom?
And what if I get lost lost on my way back to class?
And what if all of the other kids are a hundred, a thousand, a million times smarter than I am?
And what if we have a spelling test, or a reading test, or an…anything test, and I'm the only person who doesn't pass?

And what if my teacher decides that she doesn't like me?
And what if all of a sudden a tooth gets loose?
And what if I can't find my lunch, or I step on my lunch, or I (oops) drop my lunch down someplace like the toilet?
Will they just let me starve or will somebody lend me a sandwich? A cookie? A cracker? An apple?, Some juice?

And what if they say, "Do this," and I don't understand them?
And what if there's teams, and nobody picks me to play?
And what if I took off my sneakers, and also my socks, and also my jeans, and my sweatshirt and T-shirt,
And started the first day of school on the second day?

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