Carrie Fehr

Kitchen Garden Food and Fitness

Tag: Heirloom tomato

Tomato Confit

Confit sounds fancy, but don’t let the word fool you, its origin is quite humble, pronounced con-fee, it comes from the French verb confire, which means to preserve.  Confit, one of the oldest methods of preserving food before refrigeration, is a process of slow cooking fruits, vegetables, or more commonly, meat.

When summer is at the height of the tomato harvest, confit is a wonderful way to capture the taste and essence of this late season fruit before it disappears.  Tomato Confit has an intense concentrated flavor that is sweet like jam and smooth as velvet, it’s so tasty you want to slather it over anything and everything, trust me.  One of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy tomato confit, is to simply spread it on crostini and top it with some fresh chopped basil.  So good!  Click here for recipe.

Full of nutrients too, tomatoes are truly a gift of health that your body will appreciate and thank you for later.  So what’s not to love?  Why not give this easy to prepare Tomato Confit Crostini recipe a try!

Caramelized Watermelon Salad

Nothing tastes more refreshing than a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day.  Originally from Africa, watermelon is the iconic symbol of the season, considered as American as apple pie, it announces the picnic table tradition of celebrations, with its sweet, juicy chorus of flavor, that will make your heart beat and taste buds sing.

One of my favorite ways to eat watermelon, is to slice off a thick wedge and devour its ruby-pink flesh like it was an ear of corn, with its sweet watery juice dripping from cheek to cheek, held firmly between my sticky fingers, I feast on it right down to the rind, while standing alone in front of my kitchen sink.

A visual beauty, this seasonal masterpiece is a feast for the senses that showcases the summer flavors of watermelon and tomatoes, a combination when paired together— is a taste sensation.

Another more civilized way to enjoy watermelon, is to give it a quick caramelizing sear in a sauté pan, to bring out the natural sweetness of the fruit, and then pair it with bold peppery arugula, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and creamy feta cheese, a wonderful sweet and salty flavor combination that is a seasonal delight.

This dish is easy to prepare, and if you want to share it, well, that is up to you.

Click here for the recipe.