Carol’s Gazpacho

I add watermelon to balance the acid. Not as a dominant taste. Serves 4. 4-6 pickle cukes, peeled and coarsely chopped 6-8 ripe garden tomatoes, peeled, cored, de-seeded 2 bell peppers, de-seeded, chopped 1 small jalapeño pepper, de-seeded, chopped 1 small red onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1-2 slices day old bread, crusts cut…

Cioppino Estivo

Summer Seafood Stew for Two ~Tilapia. Vongole. Pomodori. Aglio. Olio. Prezzemolo. Pane. Questo è tutto.~ 2 Tilapia filets 2 dozen + Little Neck Clams 1/2 cup fresh American parsley, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tbs. unsalted butter 2 Garden tomatoes, chopped 1/2 Bell pepper, any color, chopped 1 Jalapeño pepper, sliced and de-seeded 1…

Ensalada de la Mancha

August greens from local farm fields. Manchego cheese, shaved. Sweet fresh peaches, sliced. Walnuts, crumbled. Basic vinaigrette with a splash of Balsamic. That’s it. El Cielo meets Sancho. Cervantes notwithstanding. Perfecto.

Vicious Ssoise

Vichyssoise with a little heat. Serves 4-6 for lunch. Cut the white parts of 2 leeks into thin slices. Mince 2 cloves of garlic. Peel and cut 4 cups potatoes into small chunks. Peel and chop 1 large zucchini into thick slices. Shred 1/2 head Savoy cabbage. Unseed and chop 2 jalapeño peppers. In a…