Tasty Tuesday: Little Red and Yellow Orbs of Goodness

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Before we begin, we want to send out our heartfelt hope that all our friends affected by Hurricane/Frankenstorm, Superstorm Sandy are safe.  Mom hails from NJ, so, she has a good sense of where the storm came ashore yesterday.  When you can, let us know what you need and how we can help in the aftermath.

Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our thirtieth participating post!

Many regular readers know that as Mom’s faithful Kitchen K-9s, we sit in rapt (VBP – Vocab Building Project) attention when Mom prepares salads.  Grape tomatoes, the red kind or the yellow pear varieties, usually conclude the preparation process because they leave Mom’s cutting board a bit sloppy.  We may also favor them because Mom usually tosses one or two to JJ and I whole so the orbs represent our largest tidbits!

Before JJ arrived, Mom grew several varieties of tomatoes including: cherry, grape and Everglades in our backyard garden during the winter, as do many South Florida residents.  When harvest time approaches, a roster of yummy tomato laden dishes helps show off the hard work.  Here’s Mom’s version of the classic Italian Panzanella Bread salad which flew off her table during her Farmers Market demonstration.

Lori’s Panzanella Bread Salad (Adapted from Regina Cowles and Simply Recipes)

  • 1 tb. Italian Herbs
  • ¼ c. Olive oil (best quality you can afford!)
  • 4 c. slightly dried out rustic bread, cubed or torn in small pieces
  • 1 ½ ripe grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ c. red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ c. arugula leaves, torn
  • 1 bunch basil, torn in small pieces
  • 2 tbs. red wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste

Mix Italian Spices into the olive oil, set aside.  Place bread in large salad bowl.  Add tomatoes, onion, cucumber, basil and arugula and toss gently.  Add the vinegar and toss again to blend.  Spoon the olive oil mixture over the salad, add the salt, toss again.  Set aside for 30 minutes at room temperature to allow the bread to absorb the dressing and the flavors. Toss once again before serving.

Mom’s Ideas:

  •  Add some fresh mozzarella or feta,
  • Throw in a few garbanzos or leftover roasted chicken, turkey or tuna
  • Switch spinach or other lettuce varieties for the arugula.

Another yummy grape tomato day!



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49 thoughts on “Tasty Tuesday: Little Red and Yellow Orbs of Goodness

  1. Sounds yummy. You guys are very lucky to have a cooking Mom. My zoo suffers from my general lack of desire to “whip” together such tasty treats 😀
    Do I assume that the tomatoe growing stopped because JJ ate everything?

    • Hey Lady Litchi, Hey Sabre, Hey Boks, Jet here. Hi Miss Susan.

      Nope, gardening stopped because of $$… Mom spent about $500 putting in her garden each year with Miss Danielle. Mom was a gardening neophyte and had a LOT of learning to do… right now, biscuit money is kind of rough, so, this is our 2nd year without a garden. 😦

      Mom keeps her home cooking quite simple… she enjoys teaching more complex ideas. Bet you prepare food with Vitamin L (love) which is the most important ingredient. 🙂

  2. you know my Mom has never given tomatoes to me. I must try some.! Rachael Ray once said that when she was poor and living (I think in Italy but I am not sure) that the tomato bread salad was what she lived on! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. I’m from NJ as well, so I was definitely watching the storm’s progress!

    Mozzarella added to tomato things is always something I’ll support 😉

    • Hey Elka, Jet here. Hi Miss Jen.

      Hope all your loved ones made it through ok. Mom’s friends and relatives had little damage to their homes, however, many are still without power.

      Glad you enjoyed our selection. 🙂

      (what part of Jersey???) Mom’s from Elizabeth/West Orange

    • Hey Doggy, Jet here.

      Do you get the pear varieties, too? We can grow a myriad (VBP – vocab builder project) of varieties here in the tropics: red, zebra, orange (sungold), yellow, brown (cherokee) Oh they have such great names, too.

    • Hey Hiro, Hey Suki, Jet here. Hi Miss Dianda.

      No worries, as The Kitchen Counselor, Mom always encourages to customize a recipe to your liking. She thinks that’s what makes cooking creative and enjoyable. 🙂

    • Hey Lee, Hey Phod, Jet here.

      Uh… good news… between you and me… Mom’s The Kitchen Counselor and that’s what she does, she teaches!!! (Even long distance! She once taught a basketball player while he played in Turkey!!!) Maybe, you guys can give your Lady a gift certificate (a subtle and useful hint…) 🙂

  4. Hi Jet! Our pack agrees with you, tomatoes are super yummy! We’re lucky that we have a garden of many plants and whenever we’re outside and some are ripe, we get to eat them. Forest almost got his head stuck in the fence trying to pick his own!

    • Hey PZ, Jet here. (Hey Raffles!)

      Maybe you need to begin with the peanut butter trick (or cream cheese)… when Mom first adopted my golden sister, Koko, she uh, ahem, uh… needed to lose about 20 lbs. according to Dr. Schaffer. He recommended carrots and a decrease in kibble. Being a first time huMom, Mom dipped the carrots in a smidge of peanut butter to see if Koko would eat it. Divine… Koko devoured the carrot and any other safe K9 veggie. I preferred cream cheese to start. Now, Mom just tosses the veggies straight!

  5. Hi sweet Jetty – Tomatoes are one of my fav foods! I make a salad similair and I use croutons – very yummy! Love Love seeing you and JJ helping with quality control! You both sit and wait so nicely!

    sending nice cool goodnight hugs and kisses to you, JJ, Mom, Rachel and Puffy xoxoxoxox

    • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Wendy.

      We had a feeling you would enjoy the little red orbs! Glad you enjoyed our QC pics!

      Sending almost got to visit Jetty kisses and JJ hugs to you, Mr. David, Jacob, Cassie and Rex. xoxoxoxo

  6. OMG I’m drooling here! I need to find a good Gluten Free bread and make this recipe.

    Jetty we are in CT and all is well here. A number of people without power, but we are no longer among them. Thanks for thinking of us and we continue to pray for those less fortunate then us. “-)

    • Hey Sampson, Hey Delilah, Jetty here. Hi Miss Jodi.

      Do you enjoy Alvarado Street? Udi’s? French Meadow? Let us know if you try it. 🙂

      Yippee, relieved you are ok. Yes, we are praying for the same.

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