Attack of the Killer Tomatoes*

Attack, as in flavor attack! I still get excited when I try something new that should have known about or figured out all along. Case in point: tomato sauce comes in a jar or can, right? Guess again, Dad. It’s so easy and fast to make tomato sauce that is better than any canned sauce. I kicked myself all the way back to the farmers market for more tomatoes. Or, you can get them from a friend who’s been overwhelmed by their homegrown tomatoes—again—even thought this happens every year!

Picked up several pounds of homegrown Romas from a friend at work yesterday and made our own fresh tomato sauce and salsa (ole!). I’m warning you…you ‘ll never go back to the bottle after enjoying the killer flavor of fresh tomato sauce.

* Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (movie, 1978)

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Dad’s Recipe Box is for fun…

…and better living through flavor!

We hear all the time about how much of the food we eat is bad for us…but the food that’s recommended instead is boring or bland! Well, the heck with that. Let’s enjoy getting healthy!

I’ve been cooking at home with a purpose for about 25 years. I’ve gotten better over time mainly because of the positive reinforcement that comes from cooking something that really tastes great. And it really helps when your significant others think it’s great, too.

So, at Dad’s Recipe Box, we’re all about flavor…and getting great flavor while saving time and money and getting healthy. Make sense to you? Then, welcome aboard!

See you in the Kitchen!, Dad

Dads Recipe Box is for fun…

…and better living through flavor!

We hear all the time about how much of the food we eat is bad for us…but the food that’s recommended instead is boring or bland! Well, the heck with that. Let’s enjoy getting healthy!

I’ve been cooking at home with a purpose for about 25 years. I’ve gotten better over time mainly because of the positive reinforcement that comes from cooking something that really tastes great. And it really helps when your significant others think it’s great, too.

So, at Dad’s Recipe Box, we’re all about flavor…and getting great flavor while saving time and money and getting healthy. Make sense to you? Then, welcome aboard!

See you in the Kitchen!, Dad

So what???

Ten months ago, I started eating healthier. Organic, natural, humane…yada, yada. I also started taking a daily multivitamin.

So what?! Has it made any difference whatsoever in my healthiness?

Don’t know for sure. But no colds, feel pretty darn good, generally. Lots of achey joints, but I’m an old guy and don’t get much exercise. (That’s another story.) But I do travel on airplanes quite a but and meet strange people…I mean strangers. So, if history is any judge, I should probably have had a cold or two this year so far, but so far, nothing.

How do I know for sure whether this healthy (expensive) food is doing me any good? Any ideas?

Dad

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

I’ve just finished reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and its sequel, In Defense of FoodIt’s been a long time since I’ve read anything so inspiring and, in my opinion, a must-read for anyone who cares about food, cooking, nutrition, or contributing to a better world.

This will come through loud and clear on DRB starting with this post. I’ll talk about our attempts to try container gardening,  buy from farmers markets and other whole/clean/local food sources, and cook toward a safer and saner planet.

Looking forward to your feedback and your own experiences.

Dad

Poached salmon

Tried this recipe to see if it would yield a moister salmon filet. It did, big time,  and it was cooked through nicely as well. But the kicker was the sauce! I’ve been looking for a way to make a sauce that would equal the out-of-the-bottle lemon-butter-dill sauce we crave. But it’s too expensive as a steady purchase and not as good as what I can make easily at home. The lemon-butter-dill sauce option that comes with this recipe was better than the bottled stuff by far. Salmon this way has been a bit hit with family and friends.

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