Black-eyed Pea Soup (Cajun-inspired, Vegetarian)

Pot of black-eyed pea soup with a wooden spoon

I grew up eating black-eyed peas and cornbread on New Year’s day, but wishing for good luck and prosperity are not the only reasons to try this recipe. It’s simple, substantial, and flavorful. You can also make it with fresh or frozen vegetables. I made this batch with celeriac from the freezer, frozen bell peppers, […]

Slow Roasting Roma (Plum) Tomatoes

slices of roma tomatoes on cookie sheets in the oven

Roma tomatoes, a variety of plum tomatoes, are dense in flavor and best known for making sauces and pastes. When I have them in abundance, I love to slow roast them to concentrate their flavors even more and then freeze them so I can enjoy the taste of fresh tomatoes all winter long. These little […]

Pico De Gallo

Quesadillo on a wood tray with small bowls of guacamole, pico de gallo, and two glasses of ice water with blueberries

If you have fresh ripe tomatoes, cilantro, lime, and a jalapeno, on hand, it’s definitely time to make pico de gallo. Even if you don’t have all of those ingredients, consider improvising. I like to think of pico season as an invitation to eat diced tomatoes on anything and everything. We particularly love it on […]

Cucumber and Cherry Tomato Salad

Salad bowl with cucumber tomato salad

Sometimes summer food just makes itself. Try this simple cucumber salad with sliced cucumbers, halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and herbed chevre (goat’s milk) cheese. Drizzle with a good extra-virgin olive oil and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.  Share: Share on facebook Share on pinterest Other posts […]

Ratatouille

Ratatouille in a black pot

Ratatouille is a French stew that makes the most of everything you might have in abundance at the end of summer: eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and fresh herbs. Serve it over rice or pair with crusty bread. Not only is summer stew colorful, it’s delicious! Big Picture Let the vegetables you have on hand inform the […]

Fattoush Salad with Black-eyed Peas

Large wood salad bowl full of fattoush salad

Fattoush is a middle eastern salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, toasted pita, and a fresh lemon vinaigrette. As with all salads, the ingredients are flexible, but black-eyed peas make it feel like a festive meal.  A note about kitchen staples: If you’ve downloaded the Vinegar Home Kitchen Staples Checklist, you may have noticed that black-eyed peas […]

Tomato

tomatoes

Tomato Veggie Type: Technically a fruit! Season: Summer Peak months: July-September Uses: Some uses for raw tomatoes include salads, sandwiches, wraps, salsas, pico de gallo, and taco toppings. If you have an abundance of tomatoes, try them in soups (e.g. gazpacho) or stews (e.g. ratatouille). Tomato Inspiration More tomato inspiration coming soon! Let us know on our Facebook […]