Trader Joe’s gets what they call “champagne grapes” this time of year. They’re gorgeous, tight bunches of teensy, super-sweet and seedless gems. I just couldn’t get them out of my mind this week, thinking of them in a variation of a Waldorf salad. Turned out pretty tasty. I’m losing the light this evening, and alas have but one semi-decent image.
Perhaps losing the light foreshadows the coming end to summer. Well, we’re going to enjoy our no-cook late summer supper, and hope you try it, too.
Ah, my love affair with summertime mediterranean flavors continues. This week, it’s a quick and easy chickpea salad. This is best the day after it is made, to allow those peas to soak up the dressing. You can wait and add the parsley just before serving, if you like.
You see, two weeks ago I made some asiago and ham scones with pear honey for the office. Only the scones were *way* too sweet. I needed a remix, a scone redemption if you will. And I had this gorgeous thyme in the fridge….
A few months back I had a serious cook-on for this tajine at World Market. After dithering over several visits, I finally said “the hell with it!” and just bought the damn thing. It has looked very lovely collecting dust on my sideboard since. Until this morning, when I discovered my buttermilk had decided to grow hair and the scheduled asiago thyme scones were off the board. I was bemoaning my fate, looking at these gorgeous tomatoes on the counter when that beautiful cerulean babe called to me from her place of disuse. And I answered, dammit.