I'm thinking about naming some of these recipes after famous ska
people, kind of like deli sandwiches ("I'll have the Mayor Giuliani
with extra mayo"). Let Ska Mom know what you think of this idea, and,
if you like it, send in some suggestions.
This one goes into the "tomato recipes" file because when you have
a LOT of plum tomatoes, you can heap a LOT of plum tomatoes on top
of the chicken.
(Notice that this is a pretty laid-back recipe. If you have a little
casserole for 1 person, get as many potatoes, tomatoes, and chicken as
you think you would eat. Love garlic? Use a ton of it. Hate rosemary?
Substitute basil (but first, rethink whether you truly "hate" rosemary,
or merely just dislike it.)
- olive oil
- potatoes (peeled, boiled, cooled, and sliced 1/4 inch thick)
- boneless chicken breasts (whole or cut into chunks)
- fresh plum tomatoes
- salt and pepper
- garlic, minced
- parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary (or more, if fresh)
- Use some olive oil to lightly grease the bottom of a pan/casserole
- Layer the sliced potatoes in the pan.
- Place the chicken on top.
- Quarter the tomatoes and arrange them around the chicken.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Combine olive oil, garlic, parsley, and rosemary and brush over the
chicken and tomatoes.
- Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes; reduce the heat to 350, and
until the potatoes are brown around the edges and the chicken is cooked
Makes excellent leftovers the next day.
Buffy's Killer Bruschetta with Garlic
It's August. It's tomato season. Ska Mom's garden is bursting with plum,
beefsteak, and cherry tomatoes. If I have to figure out a way to use up all those tomatoes, you can bet that you'll eventually hear about every recipe I try. (I've named this version after Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Those vampires who not only appreciate Ska but also frequent this part of the Web site may skip this recipe.)
- a good crunchy crusty loaf of real, unsliced bread (up here, in Ska
Mom's town, one of the best breads is "Iggy's")
- 1 or more ripe tomatoes, chopped
- whole cloves of peeled, fresh garlic
- tasty olive oil
A note about italian bread. If you go into the grocery store and see something that calls itself "italian bread" and you pick up that long loaf and hold it at one end and point it up in the air, and it sags over like someone who has been in one too many mosh pits, you probably want to put the bread down and walk away slowly. You need a bread with character for this recipe. Flour, yeast, water. A peasant loaf. A Tuscan loaf.
Slice the bread thickly, at an extreme angle (expose lots of surface area.)
- Toast the bread on both sides. If you have a grill going, that's the best (nice char marks and smoky flavor).
If you have a gas stove, toast it over the burner. Or, toast it in the oven.
- Rub a whole clove of garlic on one of the toasted surfaces. (The crispy surface of the bread rubs off the garlic.)
- Pile on the tomatoes.
- Drizzle on some olive oil.
You can add basil if you want, or a grating of parmesan.
p.s. Garlic is good for you. This will really be garlicky! Eat it with friends.
Farmer Mom's Excellent Summer Pasta
There's a song (not a ska song, unfortunately), that goes like this:
There's only two things that money can't buy
And that's true love, and home-grown tomatoes.
So, if you were lucky enough to grow your own tomatoes in a little pot
on the back of the fire escape, this is the recipe for you. And if you
didn't grown your own, hie yourself to your favorite Farmer's Market and
get some nice real tomatoes and make this recipe. (You'll also find fresh
basil at the same farmer's market, I would hope.)
(p.s. this recipe may set all-time ease-of-recipe and fastest recipe,
even for Ska Mom!)
- 1 or more ripe tomatoes, chopped
- fresh basil in small bits (chiffonade, torn, diced, minced, whatever)
- garlic cloves, minced
- good olive oil
Mix together the tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil and let them
hang out together
and get acquainted (anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours). Pour
over freshly cooked pasta, like capellini, linguine, fettucine, and spaghettini.
(But if you like the little wagonwheel shaped pasta or chicken shapes, go
Top it off with some nice freshly-grated parmesan or other cheese, and