Sunday, October 11, 2009

Stormy Weather - Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes, Crispy Breadcrumbs and Kale

A large sign in the farmer's market today proclaimed this week's tomatoes the last of the season. There go the Early Girl's, the Brandywines and the Purple Cherokee's. I'm feeling guilty that I've only managed to can one whole jar, but, considering the fact that it was my first attempt at canning, I am ridiculously proud of that singular jar. Now, let's just hope I followed all directions correctly and that the sterilization techniques worked...I have a healthy fear of botulism.

Fall feels a bit like winter tonight. Apparently we're in for a large storm tonight. I had to turn on my heater for the first time today. I even left the oven door open for a bit when I took out a batch of cookies. Anything to warm my apartment up. They're predicting winds of 40 mph and at least 3 inches of rain. A bit of a hindrance to my bike to work commute, but I have to admit, the first big winterish storm is always a bit of a thrill. We're planning for power-outages, collecting candles and picking out reciepes to stay busy and cozy indoors with. I'm actually pretty thrilled to take the opportunity to stay in, cook and be warm while the wind howls and the rain pours outside.

Speaking of staying in and cooking, Leah and I collaborated on this pasta the other night before our weekly viewing of Project Runway. Nothing like fashion, Tim Gunn and a big bowl of pasta! This was a particularly great combination of roasted tomatoes, crispy oven roasted bread crumbs and sauteed kale. Tossed with olive oil and salt. Doesn't need anything else, except for a dusting of Parmesan of course. It's really not even the kind of thing you need a recipe for. Just roast the tomatoes for about half and hour on a low oven setting, do the same for the bread crumbs, saute the kale in a screaming hot pan, cook the pasta and toss! Delicious and completely addicting. It's the time of year when I start adding kale to everything.


  1. Looks tasty! Is the storm really supposed to be that bad? Eesh. I think we're making your salmon with curried yogurt sauce tonight...not quite warm soup, but I think it will do nicely with some crusty bread.

  2. I should mention that there isn't even a hint of garlic in this pasta. I thought I would miss it (as I tend to add garlic to nearly everything!) but it was so flavorful without, it didn't need it!