First, here are two salad recipes featuring tomatoes.
6 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 minced garlic clove
1 tsp minced fresh basil
Salt and pepper
½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
¼ lb sliced fresh mozzarella
¼ cup sliced black olives
¼ cup sliced pepperoni
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
1 Tbsp minced fresh oregano
Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic clove, and the minced fresh basil.
Add salt and pepper.
Toss the oil, vinegar, clove and basil with the greens, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, black olives, pepperoni, chopped basil and oregano.
The second one:
1/3 cup of olive oil
6 minced anchovy fillets
1 minced garlic clove
1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
Juice of 1 lemon
½ tsp of dry mustard
8 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
2 chopped beefsteak tomatoes
1 cup of croutons
1/3 cup of grated Parmesan
Whisk the olive oil, six fillets, garlic glove, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and dry mustard together.
Toss with the romaine lettuce, the tomatoes, croutons and Parmesan.
Food news: Adding to the Dollar Menu
McDonald’s may be expanding its renowned Dollar Menu this year; The company has been testing versions called “Dollar Menu & More” (this would include items in the $5 range) in five markets across the country (no official changes have yet been made to the menu, which was launched more than a decade ago).
Last year there was an unsuccessful attempt to entice customers to try the then-new “Extra Value Menu” (featuring items near and within the $2 range). Sales plummeted; the hamburger chain went back to promoting its Dollar Menu.
According to Neil Golden, Chief Marketing Officer, the Extra Value Menu will be officially retired if the new Dollar Menu & More is used (so far, test results have been positive and plans are underfoot to notify the company’s more than 14,000 U.S. franchisees. To be approved, at least 75% of the company’s 180 marketing cooperatives throughout the U.S. needs to vote for it).
Three Ways to Jazz Up Hot Dogs
First, a Corn salsa. To Make: Grill 2 husked ears of corn over medium-high heat, turning, until charred in spots.
Cut the kernels from ears.
Combine the kernels, juice of 1 ½ limes, ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro and 2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion in a bowl.
2. Mashed avocado
3. Chipotle ketchup; To Make: Season ketchup to taste with minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce.
First, Pimento cheese. To Make: Combine ¼ cup each mayonnaise and jarred diced pimentos (about 1 ½ oz pimentos) in a bowl.
Stir in 4 oz grated sharp Cheddar cheese.
2. Chopped pickles
3. Barbeque sauce
First, Tangy veggies. To Make: Slice a peeled cucumber and a small, peeled carrot into matchsticks.
Whisk ¼ cup of rice vinegar and 2 Tbsp sugar; toss with the cucumber and carrot in a bowl.
Chill for 1 hour.
2. Spicy mayo. To Make: Season mayonnaise to taste with soy sauce and Asian chile sauce (like sriracha).
3. Fresh cilantro
Sources: “Around the Table: In Season-Bumper Crop”-Parade magazine, August 18, 2013, “McDonald’s exploring changes to Dollar Menu”-Associated Press-The Vindicator, Sept. 5, 2013 and “Around the Table: Family Time-Dog Days”-Parade magazine, August 11, 2013