Saturday, June 18, 2011

for my dad!

my dad has had several professions. he's a pretty diverse guy. but for most of my growing up years, he ran a tomato canning plant for BIG R with my grandfather. we lived and breathed tomatoes. we even traveled north to a summer house every year to continue canning. needless to say, we know a bit about tomatoes and can be a little picky about them. but from such experience, we all really appreciate fresh produce and those who grow it.

i finally went to the barton creek farmer's market today and picked up some gorgeous fairytale baby eggplants from fruitful hill farms and really beautiful yellow heirloom tomatoes from johnson's backyard garden. i love acidic tomatoes most and these hit the spot. lightly sauteed with a little bit of pasta, olive oil and fresh cracked pepper and you're in business. bellisima!!

now go make something tasty for your dad and tell me about it!! back to packing for winona lake! i leave at 4 a.m. for a music festival that takes place there. for the next month, you'll be seeing recipes from this past week in austin and that which i will attempt to create with few utensils. that's right, i packed a knife, cutting board, mixing bowl and pan in my bag... it's ok if you charge me for an extra bag, delta. i don't even care this time!!

here's a recipe, if you need it. happy father's day!! love you, dad!!

pasta fresca
serves 4

4 cups chopped eggplant, fairytale or not!
5 cups tomatoes of your choice, chopped
1 package pasta of your choice

- sautee eggplant over medium heat with olive oil for 10 minutes or until tender. add tomatoes for an additional minute until just warm. season to taste and enjoy!


  1. Anna, this is really lovely. It sounds delicious and has enormous eye appeal. I have to try this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. I feel as though we should cook together someday...this looks awesome!