Because you can… preserve the deliciousness of summer’s produce, and enjoy it all year long! Here is a quick guide with tips, tricks, and how-to’s, written by my mother, Diane Lutzke, on how to preserve by water-bath canning. [Read more…] about A Quick Guide to Canning, from Diane’s Kitchen
This week, we participated in a health fair for a local corporate office, and brought samples of this quinoa salad for everyone to try. It was a hit! This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, so just about everyone can enjoy it. Even the self-proclaimed “picky eaters” loved it. What I love about this recipe is that it’s easy, healthy, you can make it a day ahead, and it’s a great option for breakfast, lunch, or snack. Win, win, win, win![Read more…] about Kale & Quinoa Salad Recipe
Be a guest in your own home, with private chef services from The Tomato Vine.
When planning a dinner party in your home, you might be thinking it will be fun and relatively easy to do it all by yourself. You might be inspired by photos on Pinterest, with themed table settings and beautiful platters of food. ￼￼￼￼￼￼
What you may be overlooking is how many hours it takes to do the all the planning, shopping, chopping, prepping, and cooking. The cleaning, the primping, the table settings, the beverages… And you may not anticipate how exhausted you’ll be after all your efforts to get dinner on to your perfectly decorated table; not to mention, the dreaded clean-up afterward. Why throw a dinner party, if you can’t enjoy it??[Read more…] about Personal Chef Service for Private Dinners
Looking for new flavors to bring to your next party? Here are four easy recipes for dips and spreads that all be done ahead of time. Serve with fresh or roasted vegetables, breads, crackers, pitas, or tortilla chips![Read more…] about Recipes: 4 Easy Dips & Spreads
This recipe is a perfect way to dress up fresh vegetables in a delicious, light marinade. Makes a great addition to a party buffet, or a quick healthy snack. Easy to prepare, and easy to enjoy![Read more…] about Recipe: Ginger-Soy Marinated Green Beans
I love this recipe for the holidays because it’s such a beautiful addition to any table, delicious with wine, easy to make, and it can be prepared a day in advance. Serve with whole grain crackers or toasted bread.[Read more…] about Holiday Recipe: Festive Fruit & Nut Chevre Roll
Summer’s tomatoes are the best. Even better: roasted cherry tomatoes. Simple to do, and the concentrated flavor of these sweet little gems makes a perfect addition to just about any dish. Here we enjoyed it with zucchini noodles and basil oil. It’s also great on top of hummus, mixed into quinoa or pasta dishes, served on baguette, or enjoy it with grilled chicken or seafood.[Read more…] about Summertime Favorite: Cherry Tomatoes
If you’ve ever tasted butter-sautéed morels, creamy morel mushroom soup, or morel-butter fries- you’d understand what the fuss is all about.
Lately my social media feed has been filling up with beautiful shots of morels, hen-of-the-woods, and other mushrooms foraged by my lucky friends and family this beautiful weekend. So, I thought I’d share this simple, delicious recipe to utilize these prized findings as a butter so you can add that delicious wild mushroom flavor to anything on your plate.[Read more…] about Morel Butter Recipe