Tamar Adler's book has gotten me excited to roast my vegetables all on one day, make a pot of beans and reheat the two for the rest of the week. But I know there will be more tomatoes coming in the produce box and we have to eat those first. She does have instructions for oven roasting tomatoes, but this soup, Ribolita, sounds better.
Summer is in its final days and there are still some tomatoes and basil coming in our CSA boxes. This means we'll be able to celebrate the end of the season, even though the tomatoes in my garden are long gone and the basil plants still look like seedlings. Perhaps this summer was too dry and too cold, as it is every year in this part of the world, for such warm weather bounty.
Last week we got a whole bag of cute little ciopollini onions from Eatwell Farm, so I'll be taking the long road and slow cooking them (on the stove) into Canal House Cooking's version of French Onion Soup, from volume #3 p. 40. Alongside will be my second favorite salad in the world, their Mock Cesar, from the same book, p. 35. Luckily I have some old bread going stale in the fridge to make into garlicky croutons to crush and sprinkle on top.
A recent favorite that we cooked for dinner while visiting my Mom in Tucson. She liked it so much that she makes it for herself at home (and probably shares some with her dog). The recipe is from thekitchn.com.