Theme: The Little Guys
Cherry tomatoes, not unlike your average-sized tomato, come in countless seed varieties which sprout into myriad colors and flavors. This week's cherry tomatoes are from two different farms and will be in the orange and red family, though cherry toms have colors ranging from red and yellow right through to black varieties. They'll be just as flavorful as the larger varieties, and hold their shape much better in cooking. Cherry tomatoes are wonderful roasted
, tossed with salad, or chopped into a chunky salsa. The San Francisco Chronicle has some great ideas for making the most of cherry tomato season
. Cherry tomatoes are just like the small farms that grow them: small in size, big in heart. We love the little guys!
Makes one quart. Prep time: 10 minutes; total time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
- 4 to 6 Kirby cucumbers (about 1 pound), quartered lengthwise
- 1 cup white wine vinegar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon dill seed
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- Place cucumbers in a medium bowl.
In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients except the cucumbers with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve; pour over cucumbers.
Use a small plate to submerge cucumbers in liquid. Refrigerate until cool, at least 2 hours.
To store: Transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate up to 2 weeks. To serve, remove from liquid.
GOAT CHEESE, PEOPLE, IT'S FANTASTIC.
Goat cheese contains just 5 g of fat per 1-oz. serving, while cheddar cheese contains 9 g, half the saturated fat and NO CHOLESTEROL. Goat cheese is higher in vitamins D, K, thiamine and niacin than a serving of cow's cheese. Goat cheese: be about it.
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