Monday, July 18, 2005


Heh. Harry Potter. Not gonna read it. Giblets gave away the ending.
OK, Giblets was maybe fibbing.
But here's the truth: Panzanella. Tuscan bread salad.
Tear up a hunk a' rustic bread (probably not the whole loaf; I've been cooking for two for so long I don't really know how to make larger quantities). Cut up some rather juicy tomatoes. These are Black Prince, fresh off the patio vine. Chop up a little onion (we used a scallion). Hack a cucumber into chunks. Carve a bit of fresh mozzarella into morsels. Rip a couple of basil leaves into pretty pieces. Get a few Trader Joe's pitted kalamata olives. Toss all the preceding (well, don't include the Giblets) in a bowl with olive oil, a judicious (i.e., measly) amount of good vinegar, sea salt and cracked black pepper. Let it sit for a few minutes while you open the Two Buck Chuck.


Anonymous said...

Oh, Maude. Another foodie.

My blog is here. My database is totally corrupted and the photos are gone and I haven't posted much over the last few months, but I write a bit about food. I'm starting something new this fall.

I'm loving your CA food - I'm in central IL and while right now the getting's good, I've already got an eye on preserving everything I can get my hands on...

cookiecrumb said...

Yeah, you got a little problem over at your blog. I can't wait to see what more you're going to do. Thanks so much for dropping by... How did you even find me?
Hm. Illinois. My mom was born in Centralia!
Preserving--jam? Peach butter? Tell me!

farmgirl said...

Oh that salad sounds yum. Just one tiny problem--no tomatoes in my garden yet! So sad, as everyone in other places has them already, but we had weird weather and I was way behind anyway starting my seeds. I actually BOUGHT tomatoes last week. I won't say anything further.

And unfortunately everywhere besides California, it's THREE Buck Chuck! : ) At least they finally opened a Trader Joe's in Missouri--only 200 miles away! I really stock up and get strange comments from the checkers regarding soooo many packages of cheese. : )

Congratulations on the success of your patio garden. Love that you are putting so much effort into it.

Amy said...

I overdid it on the salad-as-entree dinners awhile back and my family revolted. I stopped making them for a awhile, but the Salade Nicoise from last weekend and this Panzanella have gotten me craving them again.

cookiecrumb said...

Amy: How lucky is it that both humans in my house love to eat salad!!? And the "he" in the "we" loves making them. He's capable of much more artistic strewing, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Daily Kos, m'dear, Daily Kos.

I'm freezing peaches and blueberries and drying herbs and grating/blanching zucchini for the freezer. If I can get enough cukes I'll make pickles. And then there are tomatoes, 20 plants' worth.

Considering I was an indie-rock chick when we moved here 9 years ago, completely unable to tell the difference between a tomato plant and a basil plant, I've come a long way.

I'll keep checking in! - Lisa B-K

cookiecrumb said...

Lisa: Woo-hoo! Glad to have you.
But seriously, 20 tomato plants? Do you have tattoos of zucchini on your calves?

Anonymous said...

No tats anywhere, I'm afraid, but you've given me an idea.

Twenty plants, yes. I'm hoping for a good turnout, because my mother gave me all her canning jars... - Lisa