Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Veggie Valentines and Sauteed Tomatoes

Valentine cards were made in all sorts of themes, including fruits and vegetables. Here are some samples for you, followed by a simple recipe appropriate for a St. Valentines Day themed meal.

Sauteed Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

1 pt grape or cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil or garlic herb basting oil
1 tsp. dried basil
Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a skillet, and add rinsed tomatoes. Saute over medium heat, turning often. Tomatoes will split as they cook, some sides browning and caramelizing into sweet goodness.  Pierce with the tip of a knife any stubborn tomatoes that refuse to pop on their own. When tomatoes are uniformly softened and popped, add basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute for another few minutes to blend flavors. If using fresh basil, add just before serving.

Serve as a side dish for red meats or roast chicken. Crusty bread is wonderful for scooping up the warm, salty, sweet tomato flesh.


  1. My favorite would be "pop a corny question"

  2. Why does the plum look like black face?

    1. Weird, isn't it? None of the other ones have human bodies, but for some reason that one appears to be a white kid wearing black face ala plum head. Bizarre.

    2. It's comments like that which perpetuate racial problems in our country. I saw fruit with a body. This isn't about race! Don't make it one.

    3. I'm sorry that you took offense by the comment. (I'm the author of Cookbook Love, BTW.) I don't see how it perpetuates racial problems, though I respect your opinion. The era in which this particular valentine was produced also created a TON of extremely offensive stereotyped black-themed cards, none of which I included. This one reflects that style, but more subtly. There is nothing wrong with recognizing what was happening during the days in which that sort of race cartooning was deemed to be okay. If we don't acknowledge that stuff was happening then, but thankfully is no longer considered acceptable, we ignore history.

      Again, I respect your opinion. And I'm grateful that you stopped by to offer it. Peace be with you.