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Semi-Confit Tomatoes

“Cook until they collapse.” Tomato confit is made by roasting tomatoes until they literally begin to fall apart. That “cooked” mixture can be used many ways, say for pasta sauce. Now, semi-confit tomatoes are cooked for a much shorter time. The physical integrity of the tomatoes remains intact. Which makes them perfect for tarts, salad,…

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Cherry Tomato Jam: Pairing Fruit with Cheese

  Did you ever have someone give you an absolutely perfect dish? And you were going to get that recipe from them? And then, most sadly, they passed away? You remember their face and their laughter. You remember their tomato conserve that was a miracle. Suzen and I had the pleasure of knowing Jacques Burdick,…

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Cobb Salad from Patricia Wells

I am, in a word, a fan of Patricia Wells. I love her cookbooks, packed with ideas that tempt me page by page. I relish her travel books: those Food Lover’s Guides to Paris and to France have given many of us perfect journeys along the timeless streets of cities or the rural byways of…

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Bread & Water + Tomatoes = Gazpacho

“Do you hit your wife during the night?” the man asked me. I hesitated to answer. The question was stark. And, I have always maintained that what happens between me and Suzen in the privacy of our bedroom is, well private. “No, Doctor, he does not,” Suzen answered. “Good,” the doctor responded. “That means you…

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