As you look outside at Christmas decorations and perhaps some snow, I doubt bright red tomatoes are on the top of your list. I absolutely hated tomatoes until one summer I worked in a restaurant and a friend let me try her farmstand heirloom tomato. At that point I realized I didn’t hate tomatoes, but I hated bad tomatoes. Big difference. Since then, I usually avoid the mealy mess that masquerade as tomatoes during the winter, but luckily, grape tomatoes are somewhat palatable, even in the dead of winter.
I feel like most food blogs I read inevitably have “the Rachael Ray Post.” This is the post where they disparage her and the stupid abbreviations she has (delish! EVOO!). To be honest, I don’t watch her that much anymore nor do I use many of her recipes anymore, but when I was living in my first apartment, her 30 Minute Meals helped me learn how to cook. I first made orzo because of one of her recipes and made a pretty tasty vegetarian chili, which is one of the recipes I still use. I perhaps don’t use Ray Ray’s recipes anymore, but I do appreciate her message. She really made cooking accessible to me and used ingredients that I had heard of and could easily be found in the grocery store. In addition, I feel like it’s way better that people make her food, which is pretty easy and much more nutritious than crappy fast food. read more »