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by Caitlin Saniga

Chopped green beans and cherry tomatoes with ginger-shallot dressing

It’s the end of tomato season in New England. I type this while picturing the tomato plants still standing in my garden: The stalks are brown and puckered; the few remaining fruits are speckled and dry looking; they need to be ripped out of their beds. So I nearly pounced on a $2 bag of tiny, multi-colored cherry tomatoes this weekend at the farmers market. They may be the last of the year! Sliced in half with a pile of chopped fresh green beans, and drizzled with gingery shallot vinaigrette — this is how I’m saying so long to my favorite summer snack.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Ginger-curry burst tomatoes with chickpeas over quinoa

Lately, I’ve been sorting through stacks of old magazines that I’ve stockpiled in the three years since I moved into my Roanoke apartment. I’ve probably gone through 60 or so issues of food and home magazines, scouring for recipes to add to my to-make list. (My apologies to those who follow me on Pinterest for smothering your feeds with mouthwatering photos.) This simple tomato recipe was one of the ones I bookmarked. And I’m so happy I did! I added quinoa and served it up for dinner, and as I ate it, I made a mental note to add it to my regular rotation come next tomato season. Sometimes, being a pack rat has its perks.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Gingery heirloom tomato salad with watermelon, mozzarella and arugula

This is an upscale restaurant-quality dish, made especially wonderful by the umami ginger dressing. You’ll have fun creating new flavor combos with each bite and want to lick the plate clean when you’re done.


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by Sarah Steimer

I've been picking up these little gold cherry tomatoes from the farmer's market for weeks now, and I'm in love with them. I've eaten these raw like grapes, tossed them in a sautee pan, and next on my list is to roast them.

I’ve been picking up these little gold cherry tomatoes from the farmer’s market for weeks now, and I’m in love with them. I’ve eaten these raw like grapes, tossed them in a sautee pan, and next on my list is to roast them.


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by Sarah Steimer

I'm obsessed with the recipe for this galette crust - it's flakey and perfectly golden.

  • this fabulous galette crust recipe
  • one medium zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red or sweet onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup gouda, shredded
  • olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, whisked

Toss the zucchini, tomatoes, onion and chives with the olive oil, salt and pepper.

Roll the dough out to about a 1/4-inch thickness, then place immediately on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle a little of the cheese onto the dough to begin with, then layer the zucchini and onion, adding the tomatoes throughout. Make sure you leave about two to three inches at the edges to fold over. Sprinkle the vegetables with the cheese then fold the crust over.

Brush the crust with the whisked egg – this ensures the crust becomes golden when baked.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the vegetables have crisped.

Serves about four to five.

Recipe: Sarah Steimer

Photo: Sarah Steimer

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by Sarah Steimer

I love BLTs more than anything in the summer. This was such a cool switch-up, though.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound dried bucatini or spaghetti
  • 8 ounces arugula, coarsely chopped or torn
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan or asiago cheese for serving

Heat oven to 275 degrees. Cut tomatoes in half and toss with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange tomatoes in a single later in a glass baking sheet and roast for about 1 to 2 hours, or until the tomatoes have collapsed and shriveled a little but are still moist.

The prettiest and most incredible heirloom cherry tomatoes I've been getting at the farmer's market.

Once the tomatoes are ready, cook pasta al dente – according to package directions.

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add bacon. Saute until crisp. Add the tomatoes long enough to warm through. Add pasta to the tomato mixture and add a splash or two of water. Add the arugula by handfuls, tossing until the leaves just wilted. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with the cheese.

Makes four to six servings.

Recipe adapted from: NPR

Photos: Sarah Steimer

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by Sarah Steimer

Maybe not the fanciest salad, but I bought cranberry beans and had to try something.

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    It's sort of a shame you have to cook the cranberry beans, because they lose their very cool red speckles and turn sort of... mauve-y.

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the salad

  •  cups cooked and cooled cranberry beans – either soak them overnight and cook them according to package directions, or cook fresh cranberry beans… of course you could also substitute other beans
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, stemmed
  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup diced Gouda, or another soft cheese
  • 1 small red onion, diced

Toss the salad ingredients together. Whisk dressing and mix with the salad.

Recipe adapted from: Marcus Samuelsson

Photos: Sarah Steimer

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