July 18, 2010

My Favorite Summer Meal


Last night I whipped up a dinner, from the mornings Farmer's Market finds. I love shopping the Market for that days dinner. It feels so European. We all agreed that it was one of the best Summer meals we've ever eaten. I would have gotten a better picture of it but I was too impatient to finish eating.

Among other things, I brought home fresh tomatoes, a baguette and fresh tomato fettuccine pasta. Have you ever had fresh pasta? I had not. It's a-maz-ing. One day when I have a real kitchen again I will try making it myself.

Here's what was on the menu:

Tomato and Goat Cheese Baguettes
Split one baguette in half lengthwise. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Crumble goat cheese over it. Top with thinly sliced tomatoes. Season with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Top with fresh basil and another drizzle of olive oil. Bake at 375° until bread is beginning to toast and tomatoes and cheese are softened. I think I baked it for around 10 mins but I'm not sure since I was just winging it and not following a recipe.

Fresh Tomato Fettuccine
There aren't any exact measurements for this either. Boil your fresh pasta, this only took about 3 mins. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water before draining. Put back in pot and add in grated parmesan, seasonings and enough pasta water to make a creamy sauce.

After dinner Sweet Hubby turned to me and said "I love you so much. You are the best wife, the best cook and the best friend I could ever imagine". I'm pretty sure that a meal that inspires that kind of devotion will be on regular rotation from now on.

25 comments:

  1. Yummy! Mr Comforts and I were talking about this today! The French and Italians buy fresh foods daily including meats, veggies and breads. So much healthier and definately more delicious.
    Penny

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  2. Yummy Jen! It's going on the menu for this week!! Thanks for sharing...I'm always trying to find new ideas for dinner.

    xo,
    Shellagh

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  3. What a dear sweet hubby!! Your meal does look amazing. Fresh pasta is a favorite of ours too!
    We enjoy a similar tomato treat but use fresh mozzarella in place of the goat cheese. It is mouth wateringly (is that a word?) delicious!

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  4. Well done Jen!
    This village of yours, is very inspiring.

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  5. That pasta sounds amazing I have to get some next weekend!!!!!!!

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  6. That meal looks delicious. Always on the look out for new meal ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Mmm, that looks delish. I will have to see if I can get my hands on some of that fresh pasta, sounds great.

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  8. Does that goat cheese bread ship well? Seems like it might... You know where to find me.

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  9. Ah, what a sweet hubby. Your dinner looks scrumptious!

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  10. What a sweet husband you have!

    One of my favorite ways to cook summer tomatoes is to roast them with some garlic and then serve over pasta with fresh basil and grated parm. YUM! I've not tried fresh pasta though...Now I have to!

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  11. That looks delish! You must have a fantastic farmers market near you. We have a good one - but it doesn't have frest pasta or goad cheese.

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  12. That sounds DIVINE!!! LOVE shopping the farmers market!! And I am making this! I love to eat........ that is my problem! :)
    Kristi

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  13. Yum! Thanks for sharing these fabulous recipes! I can't wait to make them :)

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  14. Yum! You are so right...going to the market does feel so French. I've never enjoyed fresh pasta. Now it seems I will have to.

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  15. That looks so delicious! I just heard recently we should only eat food that has no more than a 2 week shelf life. That would be in a perfect world I guess but always worth striving for!~Patti

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  16. Jen...Thanks for the recipe. While I live in the crowded suburbs and have to go to crowded supermarkets...I am going to try this.

    What a sweet husband you have to say out loud exactly what he was thinking at that moment. I hope your daughters heard that.

    xoxo, Julia

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  17. Sounds (and looks great). Well, I'll be honest, I'd have to change out the goat cheese since I'm not a fan... Can't wait to try this with my own, homegrown, tomatoes!

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  18. Sounds just delish! What would make that taste even better for me is if my Dear Hubby prepared it!

    Your Hubby sounds like a doll :o)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  19. What a sweet hubby, that is a great compliment! Sure looks yummy!
    My mom has a pasta machine, I just might have to borrow it.
    ~Michelle

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  20. looks wonderful, jen. and hubby's dear compliment was the best dessert a girl could ask for.

    xo
    elyse

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  21. I have made my own pasta served with a garlic and rosemary (from my garden) sauce ~ and picked the tomatoes and basil from my own garden to make such a dinner and never heard such wonderful and appreciative comments. You are very lucky :)

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  22. Love that man! I think that meal is right up my alley... my man is a bit of a meat eater though, so may have to adapt a bit. Thanks for the idea!

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  23. Oh that looks so delicious! I have never had fresh pasta, but I may have to splurge for some!

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  24. this looks luscious, my kind of meal!
    xo

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