Wednesday, October 07, 2009

OCTOBER EVE ~ (SIMPLE ONE PLATE SUPPER) FUSILLI with FRESH TOMATO & FETA / BAKED PARMESAN BREAD

"Listen, the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
Now for October eves!"
~ Humbert Wolfe



OCTOBER EVE
(Hubbard Lake)
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FUSILLI with FRESH TOMATO & FETA
~ A 'simple' family favorite, perfect for the fresh tomato and basil harvest
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2-3 lbs. ripe Italian plum tomatoes
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
6-8 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 coarsely chopped red onion
1 tsp. coarse salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 lb. good fusilli (whole wheat pasta is also great)
6-8 oz. crumbled feta
  • Seed and dice tomatoes. Place in large bowl.
  • Add vinegar, olive oil, basil, parsley, onion, salt & pepper. Toss with tomatoes and let marinate at room temperature at least 1 hour.
  • Cook fusilli in large pot of boiling salted water according to directions (tender but still firm). Drain well.
  • Toss fusilli with 1/2 of fresh tomato sauce. Serve topped with remaining sauce, crumbled feta, and PARMESAN BREAD (4 servings)
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BAKED PARMESAN BREAD
Loaf of good Italian bread or French baguette
3/4 cup unsalted room temperature butter
1 cup loosely packed chopped parsley
freshly cracked pepper to taste
1/2 -3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Slice loaf of bread lengthwise. Combine butter, parsley, pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. Spread evenly over each half. Bake until golden brown.
  • Slice and serve.

OCTOBER SUNSET
(Hubbard Lake)

23 comments:

Patsi's 'Garden Endeavors' said...

Tomato and feta caught my eye !
Then I saw the pic....that is one amazing picture...great capture.

Gail said...

Joey, Your photos are so beautiful~~I would love to be sitting by the fire, looking out over the lake, talking with you and thinking about that fusilli, feta and tomato dinner! gail

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

These recipes are amazing! Do you cook and bake ALL the time? :-) You really have a special way of selecting yummy recipes.

That sunset is amazing, too. Is that the view from your kitchen window -- while you slave over your gourmet creations?

Cameron

joey said...

From one who also also loves her camera, thanks dear Patsi! And yes, we must eat so, why not ... tomato & feta ... a great combo!

Well, then you MUST come, Gail! How fun ... (don't forget your camera)!

Thanks sweet Cameron ... indeed, my passions run wild, both in the kitchen and out :) I'm blessed to live in a Yin & Yang world ... this sunset is my world and view at the lake, very different from my beautiful world and gardens here (perhaps a good post). I 'slave' in the kitchen at both places because I love to ...

beckie said...

Joey, these photos of the lake are gorgeous. What delightful views you have there.

The Fusilli(whole wheat pasta for us) sounds delicious. Just the thing for a cold fall night and will be very healthy for hubby.

I could eat pasta everyday and always make enough to have leftovers. Thanks for another great recipe.

flowergardengirl said...

Ok, I'm fixing this! Mr D will love it. Anything tomatoes and cheese tops his list.

Big smoochie hugs to ya!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Images are breathtaking, and the recipe... I love everything that has tomatoes in it.

marmee said...

spectacular sunsets over the lake. what is it about water and the sun setting...it is exceptional. these recipes sound perfect together and oh so good.
happy october days.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Such soothing photos for a rainy, windy night here. Thank you as always for sharing, dear Joey.

joey said...

Indeed we have stunning views, Beckie, (the equinox sets directly in front) ~ the main reason we wrapped our arms around the spot when we found it 10 years ago. Yes, made with whole wheat pasta this is perfect for your hubby. I too make extra but a huge temptation for Mr. Ho-Hum to eat seconds. Luckily, he has one of those marvelous metabolisms and can eat like a goat and not gain weight!

Big smoochie hugs returned, dear Anna. Do give this a try ... it's my daughter's favorite recipe ~ a request for her Oct 7 birthday dinner (fresh basil a must). Serve warm or at room temp ~ delicious!

Thank you, Tatyana. Both the lake and tomatoes are 2 of my favorite things ~ healthy for both mind and body :)

Thanks Marmee. Yes, sunsets over the water are amazing ... each season, each evening ~ unique.

We must have the same weather, jodi (I tried to calm it down a bit before it headed your way). The wind & rain makes it hard to work outside plus everyone seems to be stuffed up/sneezing, suffering from allergies!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Joey, wish I had such spectacular views of sunsets from my home. I have to walk down the road a ways to get a clear view of the sunsets over the fields.
Marnie

joey said...

Hi Marnie ~ always a dream to have a home with a view, I have never gotten over the joy of each sunset. Here in The Village, I can't see the sunset over the horizon either ... (unless I sit on the roof)!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Joey, your Hubbard lake images are spectacular! What a joy it must be to see such sights from your home. Water, sky, and the sun....deadly combination! Your photos say so!

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

Joey! Autumn is percolating at the Village Voice! Suddenly I could see myself in your kitchen smelling that delicious bread in the oven! Glad to see you back in our kitchens, my dear. Big hugs!

joey said...

You're a doll, Kanak, and thank you from a fan of yours viewing your'pieces of Heaven'!

Dearest Kathryn ~ having just returned from your stellar 'huckleberry' post, I'm honored. A day in your kitchen beside you would be a dream!

Nutty Gnome said...

Hi Joey, I love your views of the lake and, having felt compelled to make this last night ..... I adore your recipes!!!
I love to cook and feed a brood of hungry people and all the recipes of yours that I've tried have always been a success. If you ever come to the UK, lets cook together!:)

joey said...

Thanks dear Nutty. We are lucky, indeed, to have this awesome view. Delighted you are enjoying my favorite recipes. I can think of nothing lovelier than cooking beside you ... put the kettle on ... I'm on the way!

Lindalou said...

The bread sounds yummy. I'll have to pass on the pasta as my significant other makes such faces when I even mention feta or bleu cheese. Personnally, I love both of them. (He's out of town this week so I made Iceberg Wedge salad with tomato, bacon and BLEU CHEESE. Yum!

I love your photo of Hubbard Lake. I'm familiar with the area as we have stayed up at Lost Lake.

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

It is indeed tomato and basil time and pasta is the perfect foil!

Now those beautiful shots of lake Hubbard make me want to take a row boat out and go fishing. Whatever I catch, you cook it Joey.

joey said...

If he likes pasta and tomatoes, Lindalou, try it with Parmesan, equally tasty. I agree, Iceberg Wedge Salad with tomato/bacon/blue cheese is a good thing! I am very familiar with nearby Lost Lake Woods! Then you know the area and how lovely Hubbard Lake is. I've been going there for eons, since I was 4. My family owns 4 places, scattered around the almost 30 mile shoreline. Blessed, we also have dear friends with cottages/summer homes there. Family from across the miles vacation/reunion with us each summmer ... a pure joy!

joey said...

Hi Rob ~ Oh yes, Hubbard Lake is not only a beautiful spring-fed lake but a great fishing lake as well ... walleye, perch, bass, whitefish, muskie, etc. My grandson caught a 22 1/2 in.(over 5lbs.) small mouth bass ... my sister's neighbor caught a 43 in. pike (not my favorite to eat). Do come and fish and count me in for the cookin' (have you ever tasted pan fried perch ... nothing better)!

Carol said...

Pristine shots of Hubbard lake Joey... Gorgeous... to follow the golden and lavender path of the sun into the horizon ... dreamy peaceful... lovely poem too.

joey said...

Thank you, Carol. Very photogenic, it's hard to shoot a bad picture of Hubbard Lake :)