Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad

This fresh summer salad was inspired by something I had at one of my favorite restaurants, Barbrix.  The original dish was made with green and yellow beans tossed in a light vinaigrette and topped with delicious grilled octopus.  While I don’t usually make octopus at home, their preparation of green beans really inspired me to work them back into my dietary routine.  So when I saw Chinese long beans at the market I knew just what to do with... Read More

Green Zebra Gazpacho

The green zebra is an interesting variety.  They are grouped in with the other heirloom tomatoes but they are actually a hybrid of two different heirlooms.  Heirloom technically means that the seeds come from pure strains (in other words, they have not been crossed with another variety) so by crossing two heirlooms it actually yields a non-heirloom.  Does that make sense?  It doesn’t really matter anyhow, all you need to know is that these... Read More

Heirloom Marinara – The Good Stuff

I’ll let you know right off the bat that to make some seriously good marinara you need to start with some seriously delicious tomatoes.  I recommend buying organic heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market while they’re still in season.  Because they can be expensive I recommend finding a farmer that has great tasting tomatoes but is willing to sell you the less perfect ones at a discount.  At the markets I frequent in Los Angeles good... Read More

Lemon Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio

I get so excited when heirloom tomatoes come back in season that I quite audibly squeal.  I don’t know if it’s the short season (about 2 months if we’re lucky,) or the unique taste that can’t be found in conventional tomatoes, but they are the one veggie I dream about all year long. I consider the heirloom tomato to be the darling of the farmers’ market.  Out of all the produce that cycles through the market, it... Read More

Roasted Rainbow Heirloom Carrots with Pesto

When these beautiful spring rainbow carrots showed up at the farmers’ market I was unsure how to showcase them.  I eat a lot of carrots but they are rarely the star of the recipe, so I needed to find a special way to highlight these beautiful shades all on their own. I first got the idea for roasting and tossing with pesto from the gastrobus at the Los Feliz farmers’ market.  They serve an organic “tapas-style” brunch... Read More

Rustic Heirloom Tomato Salad

These tomatoes don’t need much to taste good.  Sometimes I just eat them on their own, but if you are new to heirlooms and need a simple idea for how to enjoy them, try this simple salad.  It features an easy honey dressing which cuts the sharp taste of some of the more acidic tomatoes, and subtly compliments the sweeter ones perfectly.  It’s lightly tossed with fresh basil, parsley and onion in a perfect summer concoction.   Rustic... Read More

10 Tips for Enjoying Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomato season is coming to an end, but there are still a few weeks left to enjoy all of the sweet, tangy, fresh and juicy varieties of seasonal heirloom tomatoes.  You can find the freshest picks and most varieties at your local farmers’ markets.  Since I happen to sell tomatoes at a few farmers’ markets, I’m offering up these 10 tips for successfully choosing, moving, storing and serving those unique and delicate veggies.  Hope... Read More