Friday, January 15, 2010

August in January

Just when the weather seems to be getting more miserable the sun comes out. So right after I talked about tinned tomatoes in January yesterday I am now thinking of summer tomatoes. Growing up, August meant corn on the cob, blueberries and tomatoes. Every day we would eat these three foods and a lot of these three foods. More recently my mother in law made us dinner that she called "Tortellini August". And because of the sunshine today I can not help but dream of a warm august day that is capped with this super easy and most divine of pastas.
Enough tortellini to feed your family.
Good brie cheese.
Lot's of tomatoes, I bought some small Amorosa tomatoes, not great but fine for this. Chopped in to bite size pieces.
A bunch of basil chopped.
Boil your tortellini and drain. Throw back in the pot and quickly add cheese first (so it melts on the hot pasta) then basil then tomatoes.
Cover the pot and let it sit for a good five minutes.
I hope you enjoy it, it is a favourite of mine.


  1. I am having lemon Basil Martinis tonight. The kids can have pizza.

    1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 bunch fresh basil (that sounds healthy) 1 cup lemon juice 1 1/2 cups vodka (or more if you had a bad week) Ice. In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Add basil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 min. Strain syrup and chill. Combine syrup, lemon juice and vodka in a large pitcher and chill. Serve. Happy hour starts at 5! You must come over one Friday (we live down the street from each other) and we can try Bonnie Stern's Martini's for your blog.


  2. Hi Carolyn--I LOVE this recipe---you did make this for us---and it is indeed better than wonderful--look forward to the next recipe--t.y. s.