Tony and Sarah Nasello
FARGO — Last spring, my son Gio and I planted about 30 tomato plants in our garden, which have produced an abundance of beautiful garden tomatoes, with varieties including beefsteak, cannonball, early girl, lemon boy, Juliet, cherry, yellow pear and Roma. We are up to our eyeballs in tomatoes, and this Red Wine Garden Tomato Sauce has become a weekly specialty in our home for the past month.
FARGO — My husband, Tony, is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, which means that the only thing we usually get to cheer about in our home during NFL football season is, you guessed it, the food. And last Sunday, my Easy Cheesy Chili Dip had everyone cheering as we watched the Fish eke out a win over the Tennessee Titans.
Labor Day weekend is upon us, and although I'm painfully aware that this holiday also ushers in the end of summer, that's no reason to eschew an end of summer celebration. So fire up that grill and load up on meats and veggies, because it's time to host a shish kebab party. This specialty received its name from the Turkish words "şiş" (sword or skewer) and "kebab" (roasted meat). Centuries ago, kebabs were the perfect food for soldiers and nomads, as they could skewer hunks of meat upon their swords and then roast them over an open fire.
FARGO — Stone fruits are in high season, and while we might have to wait a few more weeks before the arrival of the glorious large peaches that come every August, fresh plums and apricots are currently available in abundance. Recently, I was looking for inspiration for this column and made a visit to our local market. I knew that I wanted to feature a recipe that could incorporate a dry rose wine, a varietal that has been making a huge splash with nearly everyone I know this summer.
FARGO — Recently I came into a set of cast-iron pans, right around the same time that a friend gave me a carton of beautiful, farm-fresh eggs. Cast iron is ideal when you have a dish that needs to go directly from the stove top to the oven, and since they had a previous owner before me, they came already seasoned and ready to use.
FARGO — Even though we no longer own a restaurant, I still enjoy connections to some of the area's best chefs thanks to Tony's role as the general manager of the legendary Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. Pastry Chef Dana Swanson has become a great source in helping me build my repertoire of HoDo favorites, and in addition to making beautiful pastries and desserts, she is also responsible for preparing the salad dressings, all of which are made from scratch.
My grandmother, Sunny Mathison, turns 100 this Sunday, June 10, and our family and friends will be gathering at Pelican Lake in Minnesota this weekend to celebrate her amazing life. My grandmother embodies the qualities that have defined the Greatest Generation. She is elegant, faithful, responsible, hard-working, dignified and humble. In the course of her life, she has been a devoted and beloved daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.
FARGO — Summer is the time for what we like to call "big-batch salads," hearty dishes that are large enough to serve about 12 to 16 people, making them ideal for picnics and barbecues. We focus our big-batch salads around a base of either pasta or rice, and use a variety of veggies, herbs and nuts to pack a walloping punch of flavor. Each spring, I create a new salad recipe to add to our big-batch repertoire, and this year I wanted to showcase Sicilian flavors. So I turned to my husband, Tony, for inspiration.
FARGO — If you've checked the forecast for this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you're doing the same little happy dance that I am because it looks like grilling season has finally arrived. The former sailor in me is frantically shouting warnings not to tempt the weather gods with my brazen acceptance of a positive weather forecast. However, I'm a lifelong North Dakota optimist, so I'm throwing caution to the wind and planning a weekend menu centered entirely around grilled foods, including these Grilled Southwest Turkey Burgers.
FARGO — Come tomorrow, Norwegians around the world will join in the celebration of Syttende Mai, the 17th of May and Constitution Day, Norway's greatest national holiday.