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Tomato Cobbler

I find cherry tomatoes most enjoyable raw, be it popped into my mouth as a snack or as a high note addition for balance to savory, earthy dishes, like rice, pasta, or meats.  I’ve never been much for cooked tomatoes, except when transformed into a sauce or jam (yes, that is one of the favorites… [ more ]

Filed in: Entrees, Savory Pies, Tarts and Galettes, Vegetarian, Vegetarian Entrees

Watermelon, Feta and Olive Salad

We’re interrupting Tomato Week with a Throwback Thursday favorite – Watermelon, Feta and Olive Salad.   All the rage the past few seasons, and this one is no different, this dish was at the premier Essen class eight years ago in my home kitchen.  Imagine the big bowl of this salad on the table spread in… [ more ]

Filed in: Salads, Uncategorized

Basic Tomato Sauce

Day Two of Tomato Week.  As promised yesterday, I’m sharing my can’t-live-without tomato workhorse dishes.  Some are eaten only in season like yesterday’s Summer Pasta.  Others, like Basic Tomato Sauce, are year round staples.  Made primarily in season and frozen for future use, this recipe requires few ingredients beyond the tomatoes from the “seconds shelf,”… [ more ]

Filed in: Dressings and Sauces

Summer Pasta

Welcome to the new blog.  I promised more recipe sharing and am excited the tools are in place to get you complete information more regularly.  The site will also archive the posted recipes so please visit this area when looking for new, seasonal recipe ideas or your favorite Essen recipe you know you filed away… [ more ]

Filed in: Pasta, Vegetarian Pasta

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

When asked about our clients favorite recipes, I’m always a bit hesitant to answer with the truth, “All of them!”  People cook with Essen because we take the time to vet the recipes, techniques, accessibility of ingredients and applicability to fit with your every day life.  As my friend Kathryn has told more people than… [ more ]

Filed in: Cakes and Cupcakes, Vegetables