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Veal and Gruyere Meatballs in Tomato Sauce from Lidgate’s

In the heat of summer, why do we eat hot food? There is that theory that a hot salsa makes you sweat which lets water evaporate off your forehead which cools you. I’m not sure about that. Thing is, even in the summer there are some hot, temperature wise, food we love. Steak, sizzling off…

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Watermelon, Cucumber and Tomato Gazpacho

I may be changing my forthcoming cookbook. I was planning to do one on B&B. That would be Bar and Brownies or cocktails meant for chocolate. But, I’m torn now. I’m headed towards that gazpacho book I’ve toyed with. There was little spring this year in the Hudson Valley, but summer has arrived. We went…

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Black Martini from Tomatomania!

In Tomatomania! authors Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee offer this Dirty Martini. I must say it looks a tad like a Bloody Mary but it uses only tomato water, not tomato juice or V8. There is Tabasco and Worcestershire here, plus celery salt on the rim. No horseradish, but don’t let your imagination be stifled.…

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Tomato-Vanilla Bean Marmalade from Tomatomania!

In Tomatomania! authors Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee offer this unexpected mixture of tomato and vanilla. Summer, with its generous combination of sunlight and an occasional thunderstorm, brings forth a tomato bounty that can almost overwhelm us. There is only so much salad we can consume. But, but, this marmalade, sweet but never losing the…

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