Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce

We all know that store-bought tomatoes taste terrible in the winter, actually they often taste pretty watery and bland most of the year unless your grocery store carries heirlooms or locally grown ones.  Even then, they’re usually a far cry from ones picked right out of the garden.  But there is an exception to this rule: grape tomatoes.  They somehow taste good no matter what time of year it is.  And in the dead of winter when your plate needs a little splash of freshness to get through the gloomy days, grape tomatoes are an excellent substitute for canned tomato products when making sauce.

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Christmas Gift Giving Galore

 

We don’t normally post back to back, but as Carmi mentioned in our last post, this month we are sharing some great recipes for gift giving and we wanted to share these with you as early as possible.  If you missed Carmi’s contribution, here is the link to her Vanilla Bourbon Pear Butter Truffles.  I will confess that I may have gone overboard with my contribution to this month’s posts.  I just couldn’t decide on giving you one recipe, so I’m sharing FOUR with you!  By sharing these recipes, I’m also able to share with you a new product line I was recently introduced to.  Luigi Bormioli is a glassware company that makes high quality yet affordable items.

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Spiced Beef Kebabs with Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

 

Like most everyone I know, I sometimes feel absolutely uninspired when it comes to meal prep and dinnertime.  Cereal anyone?  Besides flipping through cooking magazines and cookbooks, I often find that wandering through a spice shop or even just the spice aisle in the grocery store will spark some new dinner ideas.  This month is all about the Harvest Package and I was once again putting the meat grinder through its paces and wanting a different take on a ground meat patty.  I’d done meatballs, burgers, sausage, and was rather at a loss for something new when pursuing the spices at World Market I remembered that kebabs can also utilize ground meat; a glorified tasty treat on a stick!

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