5-Minute Blender Marinara

Every Friday is pizza night around these parts. We like to offer a variety of sauces and toppings and let everyone design their own pie. When I headed into the pantry for a jar of my favorite marinara sauce, I found the cupboard bare. Yikes! The ovens were hot, the family was hungry and I had to do something-fast. Desperation […]

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Marinated Tomatoes

I’m always happy to eat a tomato adorned with only a little salt.  However, the family is likely to grumble a little if all that shows up on the dinner table are sliced tomatoes and a salt!  Here’s a quick little recipe that dresses them up enough to be served as a meal.  Marinated tomatoes are great over simple grilled chicken or a slice of cheese toast!  Toss in some small fresh mozzarella balls or diced mozzarella for a delicious salad, or serve them over a scrambled or fried egg.  Plus I’ve included a little French trick to make it all look a little fancier!   Marinated Tomatoes 2 cups sliced and/or cherry tomatoes 1 Tbsp delicious olive oil (you really want a flavorful oil here) 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed 5 large basil leaves, cut chiffonade (read on for instructions!) 1-2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper A drizzle of balsamic vinegar, optional (at our house we add this at the table allowing those who don’t want it to go without) Combine all ingredients and gently toss.  Allow to marinate while you prepare whatever you’re serving them with. How-to cut a chiffonade: First, start with 5 or so leaves of basil: Stack them with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on top: Roll it up: Then using a sharp knife (this one is my favorite for small tasks), slice the roll thinly: The perfect way to […]

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Beginning with Basil

Welcome to Modern Day Ma!  I’m glad you’re here!  I hope you find what you’re looking for among the recipes, ideas, and gardening tips, or just some good reading material for your day! Summer’s bounty is upon us, and it seems a terrible time to start a blog, but it’s also the perfect time!  There is produce in every corner […]

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