Sunday, October 28, 2012

Our Day at the Farmer's Market!

Hi All!  I want to first thank my beloved Darren, who I mention from time to time here on the blog, and my parents for helping me all day long yesterday as the Singing Tomato made its first public appearance.  We had a lovely day cooking and chatting with folks.  It seems lots of people like the idea of traditional Italian cooking!  I think they liked the taste of it too!

It was so nice to meet all of you and to see old friends too!  I can't wait to visit with you again.  If you have any questions about what I do, the products I sell or any suggestions, please let me know.

I am still in the process of refining our products and my business plan - so than you for your input and for supporting me through all of it.  What a great adventure we are all on together!

I still need to catch you all up on our adventure to Disney's Epcot Center Food and Wine Festival we attended earlier in October.  Those blog posts soon to come!

Have a great week all my litter 'mater pals!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cooking at the Nashville Farmer's Market Sat, Oct 27th! Order something for dinner or come by taste some goodness with us!

Hi All!  Just a reminder that I will be cooking up some healthy Italian goodness on Sat., Oct 27 11am - 3!

-Know what you want for dinner already? Pre-order from our menu (click here) and email me your order.  This way you know I will have what you want for sure. 

-Not quite sure what item is your fave?  Come out to the Nashville Farmer's Market on Saturday, Oct 27th between 11am - 3pm and we will be offering taste sized portion meals so you can try things.  Find something you love?  You can take home dinner right there.

Some choices are: low carb / breadcrumb free (gluten free) meatballs, Spinach Baked Ziti, Bolognese sauce and Paleo Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti bites.  Check out the menu for everything - Menu.

Come out and dine with us on Oct 27th and then take us home for a freezer friendly meal or something you can put on your table that night!

If you would like to order please check the menu by clicking here:  October 27 Menu .

Pre-orders are due Oct 25 if you would like to pre-order.
To pre order - just email me.    

Hope to see you son & Happy Eating!

Low Carb YUMMY-LICIOUS Meatballs!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Make your own Spaghetti.....squash?

Ok - So I have avoided this since 1987.  My first go round with Weight Watchers and all diets there after - just cook up some spaghetti squash and replace your pasta.  I was like, "Are you kidding?!"  I am Italian - if it didn't have semolina in it - we didn't eat it.

Fast forward to 2012.  I'm no longer a teen who can eat anything.  I was told I needed to avoid ALL starches.. ACK!  Again  - I am Italian what is life without pasta?  What do you put your tomato sauce on?!  So I broke down last night and googled it.  "Spaghetti quash - how to cook."  I finally found one for the microwave.

This is what it looks like when you get it at the market.
Now let me tell you - you may be as skeptical as me.  I am not sure how one could be - I waited 20yrs to try this.  BUT, I swear you will regret your time wasted.  IT IS AWESOME!   I ate so much I am still full from last night.  I don't encourage gorging yourself as I did but you won't have the icky sugar rush, just that uncomfortable full feeling.

Now - not only was it fantastic - IT's WAY EASY!!! (way easier than making your own real pasta!)

Ok - here's what you'll need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1/4C water

That's it for ingredients.

I used a casserole dish with a lid b/c you're going to steam this sucker.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and then scoop out the seeds, like a cantaloupe, and toss them.

Then place one of the halves face down in the dish.  Add the water, cover and stick in the microwave on high for 11minutes.

When it's done, take the dish out and remove the lid - be careful because it will be hot.  Leave it sit uncovered for 5minutes.

Then, VERY CAREFULLY because it's hot - flip it over and take a fork and run it through the inside to pull out the spaghetti like threads.
Start at the top with your fork..
 ...and then drag downward to make spaghetti - super easy.
That's it!
Now the hard part - what to top it with?!  I put my low carb meatballs and sauce on it and TO DIE FOR!

Have extra left over - you can put it in the fridge for about 3 days.  Want to have fresh through the winter?  Make your squash and portion it out among freezer zip top baggies.  Then you can freeze for a few months.  Just take it out when you are ready and par defrost.  Then steam it for 2-5 mins (depending on the amount - don't over cook it will turn to mush).  You are good to go.

Please don't wait to try this - it is fabulous.  I was looking high and low for a pasta replacement and there is was in front of me all along.  YUMMY!