Have a recommendation? We'd LOVE to hear it!
Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Foodies at Home: Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta

Just made this recently with items from our garden! Very tasty!


15-20 Cherry Tomatoes
Olive Oil
Ground Pepper
3-5 cloves of garlic
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Fresh Basil or Basil "Ice Cube" (See below for explanation)
Spiral Pasta (Like Rotini or Cavatappi), cooked and drained

How to make it:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Place the cherry tomatoes on a cooking sheet with high walls (or another oven safe dish).
3) Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper.
4) Roast for 10-15 minutes.
5) Once tomatoes are roasted, heat olive oil in large pan and saute the garlic.
6) Once garlic has started to brown, add in tomatoes and liquid from the pan.
7) Crush the tomatoes with a fork to release their juices.
8) Add in crushed red pepper flakes to taste.
9) Add basil.
10) Let that simmer for a few minutes. No more than 3.
11) Remove from heat and add cooked pasta.
12) Toss with sauce and plate.
13) Garnish with ricotta.
14) ENJOY!

This dish is pretty easy to make and is delicious. Very light but very satisfying. You've got to be ready though. Once you start, it moves pretty quickly, so you need to be on your toes.

Note on Basil "Ice Cubes":
We had an abundance of basil and didn't want it to go to waste. So, we chopped it up and mixed it with some olive oil then put it in an ice cube tray and froze it. When we are making sauces, we can just add an ice cube and the end result is fresh basil! So convenient!

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