139.6…Local San Diego Bounty – Tomatoes and Corn

Last night’s dinner hit the spot.

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I had some marinara in the freezer as well as some meatballs. I defrosted both, simmered them together, boiled some linguine and dinner was served.  No salad, no frills, nothing but a bowl of pasta. It was so satisfying and simple. Don’t you just love meals like that?

Breakfast this morning was a toasted English muffin with homemade peanut butter and a bowl of pineapple.

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I took the kids to the bus for camp, picked up a latte at Starbucks and then went to cooking class at Great News.

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Today’s topic was Local San Diego Bounty – Tomatoes and Corn. All the recipes used tomatoes and corn from local farms! The class was taught by my favorite instructor, Phillis Carey.

The first recipe was Grilled Mole-Rubbed Steak Salad with Tomato, Corn and Avocado Relish and Poblano Cilantro Vinaigrette.

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Oh my gosh, this was good. Everything about it was wonderful. The dressing, the relish and the steak were excellent!

The next plate had two recipes: Penne with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Fresh Mozzarella and Corn on the Cob with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese.

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The penne was simple yet flavorful. It really showcased the tomatoes! What really stole the show was the corn. You can’t beat fresh corn drizzled with garlic oil and sprinkled with cheese!

The next recipe was Bacon and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Cheddar Topping.

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I thought I was going to like this the least of all the recipes. Boy, was I wrong!! This tart was ridiculously good. I kept thinking, when can I make this?? Who can I make it for?? The crust was perfect, the tomatoes were delicious and the cheddar topping brought it all together.  Oh yeah…the bacon didn’t hurt either.

The last recipe was Tuscan Grilled Chicken Breasts on Creamy Polenta with Charred Corn and Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette.

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Another winner. The polenta was creamy and comforting and the addition of the tomato vinaigrette was a surprisingly delicious addition.

After class I ran a few errands and then picked up the kids from the bus.

Tonight is date night with the husband. I’m excited!

Do you shop at local farmer’s markets?


  1. That Penne Pasta looks delicious! I like to shop at local farmers markets, but sadly, I haven't in awhile! What is polenta made of by the way? PS did you buy and cut up that pineapple or buy the chunks? :)

  2. Those meals prepared for your cooking class sound amazing... I especially want to make the one with the relish!

  3. that corn relish is calling my name! yum!

  4. @Anna @ Blissfully Banana
    Hi Anna! Polenta is made of cornmeal. It's actually very simple to make. As for the pineapple, I cut it up myself...also very easy! And so much less expensive than the stuff already cut in the store.

  5. You can make that pizza-looking thing for me...just sayin'. Love ya!


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