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Tomato Mushroom and Sausage Sauté with Cheese Grits

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Yields 4
Takes 30M


  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 12 oz package original breakfast sausage links
  • 4 green onions chopped with white and green portions separated
  • 8 oz portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grits (white or yellow)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Veggie Fritters

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Takes 25M

The linked article recommends this recipe as a way to use up vegetables that are close to going bad.


  • 2 cups chopped/diced/shredded veggies
  • 1 cup cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour or flour alternative (not required)
  • 1/4 tablespoon each of 4 spices to meet the flavors you desire
  • Oil or butter for pan-frying/baking
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt or other sauce for dipping
  • Green veggie for garnish- parsley, chives, green onion, cilantro

Spicy Tomato Cocktail

Takes 45M

From The Tomato Festival Cookbook by Lawerence Davis-Hollander. Yields about 3 quarts.


  • 6 pounds very ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, leafy tops left whole, stems chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 jalapeño or other small hot pepper, seeded
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon black or white peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, or more to taste
  • 2-4 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
  • Tabasco or other hot sauce

Smoky Tomato Butter

Takes 1.5H

From The Tomato Festival Cookbook by Lawerence Davis-Hollander.


  • 1 pound ripe plum tomatoes
  • 3 large cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 scallions, white and tender pale green parts, finely sliced; reserve the greens for garnish
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika (de la vera pimenton)
  • sea salt

Cocktail Sauce

Yields 2
Takes 10M

From The Tomato Festival Cookbook by Lawerence Davis-Hollander. The notes recommend using horseradish from a fresh root for extra strength.


  • 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or red onion
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Tabasco sauce to taste

Tomato Marmalade

Yields 4
Takes 45M

From The Tomato Festival Cookbook by Lawerence Davis-Hollander. The notes say that it works particularly well as an accompaniment to oily fish, such as mackerel and salmon, and on pork, ham, or duck.


  • 2 cups granulated white/organic evaporated cane sugar
  • 3 cups red wine vinegar
  • 20 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 4-8 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seed
  • 20 black peppercorns
  • zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons

Classic Veal Piccata Recipe

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Yields 4
Takes 30M

Leftover veal piccata will keep in the refrigerator for three or four days, if well wrapped. To reheat, place it in a low oven (300 F) with the sauce on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Add some more stock to cover, and cover with foil. Reheat for about 15 to 20 minutes until completely hot.

To freeze leftover veal piccata, separate the veal from the sauce if at all possible. Store the sauce in a zip-close bag or a freezer-safe jar, and the veal, well-wrapped, in a zip-close freezer bag.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground white pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons high-heat vegetable oil (e.g., safflower, sunflower, peanut, grapeseed)
  • 8 (2-ounce) veal cutlets (pounded flat)
  • 1 cup veal stock (or chicken stock)
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley (finely chopped)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, more to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced for garnish

Classic Southern Smothered Pork Chops

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Yields 4
Takes 1H

To minimize the risk of the buttermilk separating, add it later. Add the chicken broth to the onion-and-flour mixture and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, until thickened and reduced. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the water and buttermilk and then add the pork chops and continue cooking for 10 to 15 minutes as directed. Make sure to keep the heat low once you've added the buttermilk.

This delicious variation on the gravy is very easy to make:

  • Add 2 cups of any sliced mushrooms of your liking—such as baby bella, white, portobello, or cremini—at the same time as you add the onions to the pan.
  • Let the onions caramelize and the mushrooms brown.
  • Add a splash of sherry before proceeding with the subsequent steps.

Smothered pork chops with onion gravy over rice is a hearty meal that doesn't need much in the way of sides. Nonetheless, here are a few side dish ideas that complement the savory flavors of the dish:

  • Bread: Cornbread and corn muffins are always tasty partners with anything that features pork. Substitute with French or sourdough bread for a milder flavor, or make garlic bread for a pungent punch.
  • Veggies: Serve with cooked green vegetables or legumes like broccoli, mustard greens, peas, green beans, or lima beans. Or make a salad dressed in a citrusy vinaigrette.
  • Pasta: Try our creamy baked macaroni and cheese, or serve with a simple spaghetti aglio e olio.
  • Rice: This delicious mushroom risotto beautifully enhances the onion flavor in the gravy.
  • Wine: Try pinot noir or shiraz for a satisfying pairing.


  • 4 large pork chops, 1 1/2 inches thick; about 2 pounds
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked white rice

Classic Switchel (Haymaker's Punch)

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Takes 10M

Per The Old Farmer's Almanac, you could replace the molasses with maple syrup, honey, or another sweetener or just cut back on the sweetener. Start with less—as you can always add more. Switchel shouldn’t coat your mouth; it should taste refreshing. Another idea is to add a teaspoon of fresh lemon or lime juice for zing.


  • 1 gallon water
  • 1-1/2 cups molasses
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

Tomato Pie

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Yields 6
Takes 6H 35M


  • 4–5 fresh tomatoes, cut in half horizontally and squeezed to remove seeds and excess juices, and chopped into 1-inch pieces (yield approximately 3 cups)
  • 1 partially-baked 9-inch pie crust (see instructions here) – baked for about 8-minutes in a 450 degree F. oven
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet Vidalia onion (about 1/2 a medium onion)
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced basil (8 leaves)
  • 2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese (or other cheeses of your choice)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Cholula Hot Sauce
  • A generous pinch of kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Best Damn Air Fryer Pork Chops

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Yields 2
Takes 17M


  • 2 center-cut, bone-in pork chops, 1 ½ – 2 inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1–2 tablespoons olive oil

Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce

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Yields 4
Takes 30M


  • 4 bone-in pork chops, 1-1/2 inch thick
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 6 tbsp Butter
  • 2 lbs Crimini mushrooms, tough ends removed, cut in half
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup Dry white wine
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp Fresh chives
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