No I am not Italian - not a drop as far as I know.
But the color scheme just came together when I made one of my favorite
Summer Tomato, Basil, Herb of the Gods, dish yesterday.
The recipe is actually my friend Suzanne's which is funny because
she's the type of gal who's favorite cookbook is the Yellow Pages, especially the pages with
restaurants that say "We deliver." This is the one and only recipe in her repertoire I think, but it is a goody !
This is Suzanne's version of Pasta Primavera.
So simple and soooo yummy !
4 or 5 ripe summer tomatoes, diced but chunky
One 7 ounce jar of Salad Olives (lazy Chick's way - you can slice the whole Green Olives up if you hate pimentos but I like 'em)
A big handful of fresh Basil, Herb of the Gods, chiffonaded or chopped, or ripped or whatever
A block of mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes
One clove of garlic, put through a garlic press or grated on a mircoplane
A couple of tablespoons of olive oil - I do three swirls around the bowl
Lots of fresh ground pepper (no salt needed, the olives are very salty).
Chop,chiffonade, grate, press, swirl, all these ingredients and throw them into a bowl. Toss well.
Allow to sit for at least an hour.
Youra kitchen is gonna smell soooo gud, capiche ? Just like Luigi's Momma's kitchen...
Then you cook a batch of linguine up, nice and al dente.
Drain the pasta but DO NOT RINSE !
Plate the pasta up. Add the room temp. tomato mixture on top of the hot pasta and inhale the sweet aroma of melty cheese, tomato and garlic and olive yumminess...
Eat it with friends who love olive and basil as much as you do and it is even better ! (David hates olives and is kind of allergic to too much garlic so I ate mine alone yesterday for a summer time comfort food lunch.) This recipe serves about 4.
It will make you feel so good and comforted that you will feel like putting a whole lotta Love right back out there...
(Some Rock My World rocks, packaged and now on their way to Blogland friends, who ordered some Rock Fairy Love from my Etsy shop.)
Now, go and have a happy Wednesday, capiche ?