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Easy Salt & Vinegar Fried Green Tomatoes

12 Aug

Fried green tomatoes. I LOVE them. I am lucky enough to have a coworker who grows tomatoes and happens to be having a problem getting them to ripen! I also love the movie. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. Immediately.

They are so easy and a yum snack.

What you need:

1 Green tomato sliced thin (my preference) or into halves (also my preference)

1/2 cup of brown rice flour

1 egg white

salt and pepper

1/2 cup of salt and vinegar chips (any variety) crushed

Italian herbs from my spice mill

Canola oil

Heat the oil in a sauce pan or frying pan. Make sure the pan or whatever you use is deep enough to have a pool of oil (how unappetizing is that?) so that the tomatoes float. If I had a deep fryer I would have used that but I don’t. Whip the egg white with a splash of cold water. I like to see a lot of bubbles in the egg white. Season with salt and pepper. Season the flour with the herbs. I used a plastic bag for the chip part but it does make it a little messier. You could easily use a bowl. Coat the tomato slices in the flour, egg and then chip crumbs. Fry until crispy brown. Don’t put too many in the oil at once or it will lower the temp of your oil. Drain on a paper towel and season with a sprinkle of salt.


Serve hot or warm with your favorite dip. I would suggest combining, ranch, Greek yogurt and a splash of hot sauce.

C’est si yum!


Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

2 Jun

It’s finally grill season! New England has jumped from Winter to Summer (no seriously, where was Spring?) and I love dining al fresco. Even more than that, grilling tastes so good. It’s all a part of the experience of being outdoors.

I was in NH this weekend and we grilled steak, shrimp and chicken with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. It was so delicious and if you bake it, it’ll still be good but a different type of flavor. I won’t go into the charcoal vs. gas debate but this recipe was done on charcoal and they were all eaten.

What you need:

1 lb of asparagus, trimmed. Break one and cut the rest where the break was OR break each individually.

Thin sliced prosciutto (one slice can wrap one piece depending on how much you want it wrapped)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Before you wrap the prosciutto, brush the asparagus with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap with prosciutto. You can brush with the oil again before you grill but that’s up to you. Grill until the prosciutto is crisp and the asparagus is tender (if you like it firmer then take it off sooner!). Serve with your favorite grill item.

Grill Asparagus

It’s also good as an appetizer or side dish. C’est si yum!

And now, a Sangria Moment

6 Jul

Nothing says Summer to me like Sangria.  Red or white, it’s all delicious!

Best Sangria –
Legal Harborside – The white sangria is A-MA-ZING. Pair it with some crispy calamari or their hummus with flatbread, with a view of the water of course, and you have a great Happy Hour.

Port 305 – Red sangria. Delicious. Their hummus is also delicious and served with toasty bread.

Ashmont Grill Dorchester – The white pear sangria is so refreshing and pairs nicely with their cheese plate! Be careful though, it gets super hot in the bar/restaurant area!

The Fours Quincy – Ok I wouldn’t pair the red sangria with their buffalo chicken nachos, but I definitely don’t discourage them together!!

Cheesecake Factory Braintree– White sangria on the patio with some of their small plates. Makes you forget you’re at the mall!

The Banshee Pub – Pretty sure I’ve talked about their potato skins before but their red sangria is refreshing and perfect with anything on the menu.

The Ledge Dorchester – Red sangria! Their back patio is amazing too!


Not so great Sangria…

Siros – The fried clams are delicious here. There was a DJ named DJ Skip, who danced all over the restaurant to oldies and brought back up oxford shirts made for a great alternative to the fist bumping crowd on a Friday night. The sangria was not good. It tasted like red wine and cough syrup had a chilled non-fruitful baby.

Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro Foxboro – Not great at all.  It tasted like watered down fruit punch with a cough syrup after taste.  I do recommend the calamari and of course, the cheese plate!

Who has the best sangria in your area??

C’est si Yum!