Last night, I remembered seeing a recipe in Viana La Place's Verdura for a green tomato and almond pasta sauce. Have I mentioned this cookbook before? It is one of my favorites, full of delicious, unique, and startlingly simple recipes that use fresh vegetables.
If you ever see this cookbook at a used bookstore or garage sale, buy it. You will not be sorry.
La Place's green tomato pasta recipe calls for green tomatoes "with a touch of blush" of which I had many. You slice them and cook them with garlic, olive oil and slivered almonds and toss with angel hair pasta.
Not a good picture, but a good dinner.
Dessert: Crumble cake out of Gourmet Today. I've said before that I worry all the recipes from this book are going to be fine but not worth repeating. This is another of those. I've made hard Italian cookie-cakes before, and this one -- gritty with cornmeal, lemony, lumpy -- wasn't among the best. Plus, it stuck to the pan despite generous buttering. Automatic fail.