We had a great dinner last night, so I thought I’d share dinner and a bit more with you.
I’m tempted to make the very same dinner tonight.
Today, I’m actually home . . . listening to the sound of the pitter patter of rain drops, hitting my dirty windows. It seems that clean windows are only a one week delight. Crisp fall air circulates through the house in the evenings and I’m loving it. The Raspberries, corn, beans and several other vegetables have said good-bye for a season and I’ve wished them a fond farewell! Deer tracks, are deeply rooted in the garden and this is a sure sign of winter’s chill quickly upon us.
The potatoes and carrots are still under-ground, as we dig what we need right before each meal. Perfect reds & russets, will soon need a new home for their winters rest. It’s nice to have spuds tucked away but easily in reach. Let’s face it though . . . I live in Idaho! Potatoes will soon be dug and piled high and stored in cellars or shipped to grocery stores. If I run out, I believe I know where to find some. I’m still picking tomatoes. It seems I buy 4 or 5 plants and somehow my husband plants 500! Every year, I have far more than we need. My kids like Salsa & pasta sauce, but they don’t enjoy biting into a good juicy tomato. I still can’t figure that out. The canner has been busy, but I’m looking forward to wishing it a fond farewell . . . and moving it along, to the depths of the basement.
So . . . some of you have asked. Where have you been? What are you doing? Why aren’t you posting as often as you did?
Multi-tasking used to be my middle name, but somehow . . . just like my windows . . . it’s not beaming very brightly!
In the warm summer time, the darn garden and our large yard requires a lot of time. I’m also a clean freak and house comes before blog. After all, what would the neighbors think!
I also have a church calling which requires a good amount of time and of course . . . I have a family . . . parents & siblings . . . a perfect husband . . . four beautiful daughters and 10 grandchildren.
I don’t often get into the nitty gritty of life’s things. I just cook and bake and blog for the world to see. My life is certainly a happy one, and I’m very blessed, but like all of you challenges and trials do arise within our families. None of us are immune. If you think that the family down the road never has a hiccup . . . you’re probably wrong!
Everyone has a story.
a few things . . .
My Dad has been enduring a battle with Cancer, but his attitude and strength are getting him through and things are looking up. My sweet Mom, has Macular Degeneration which has caused the loss of vision in one eye and she is fighting to keep the vision in the other. My youngest sister is currently waiting for a Kidney Transplant as we speak. Jamie is just 38 years old and has Polycystic Kidney Disease. We were all hoping and praying that one of the 5 siblings could and would be a match for her, but it just wasn’t in the cards. There are so many tests that have to be passed, and many requirements to be met, even if you are a blood match. I believe that the “force of prayers” is heard, and she’ll find a match soon. She lives in the Utah area. More than ever, we realize the gift & importance of donors.
I don’t think I’ve ever told you, that one of my own daughters has Epilepsy. At the age of about 2 months old, she had her first seizure. She has suffered with seizures and treatments & meds ever since, and she is now 29 yrs. old, and still fighting that battle with grace! Two beautiful, healthy little girls abide at their home, and life doesn’t miss a beat. School has now started, and one of those little girls is four, and in pre-school and dance. You see . . . Seizures take away the ability to drive. That’s pretty tough for a Mom with kids, or anyone for that matter. I’m happy to be their driver, along with her wonderful mother-in-law, whom always loves my daughter.
Life . . . it just keeps coming. I love this crazy blog, but I love my family much more. You’ll just have to be patient with me. I’m slow.
This dish is so simple to throw together, on one of “those” days. I cut the cherry tomatoes in half using clean – kitchen scissors. It worked like a charm. You can also leave the tomatoes whole if you choose. I didn’t have fresh Parsley, so I added dried Parsley, and tossed it with the olive oil and other ingredients before placing on a small cookie sheet.
Be careful with the hot pepper flakes, if you’re not one who loves a bit of heat. You could just use the black pepper instead. I used both, and enjoyed every bite. Fifteen minutes at 450 degrees was just perfect. Remove the pan from the oven, then pre-heat the broiler. Place tray of tomatoes back in the oven under the broiler, just until you see little brown blisters on some of the wrinkled tomatoes!
Note: If you don’t feel like Pasta, this is also really good on Crusty grilled Chibatta or French Bread with a generous amount of Parmesan shavings sprinkled on top. Butter, season and grill your bread. Top with the tomatoes, and make sure you get a generous amount of the olive oil mixture on the bread as well. Sprinkle or grate the Parmesan cheese over the top of the tomato mixture. Place back under the broiler for a minute or two, so that the Parmesan can melt just a wee bit. Serve this bread with a nice big side salad and you have the perfect meal.
When I make this again, I plan to add pieces of rotisserie chicken or even diced ham. That would be scrumptious! It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s really good.
You must like tomatoes though.
Roasted Cherry Tomato, Bacon, Parmesan Pasta
Falls harvest is plentiful with sweet Cherry Tomatoes. This dish is perfect! Adding pieces of rotisserie chicken of diced ham would also be excellent.
- Yield: 3 1x
- Category: Main dish - Pasta
- 1 pound or about – 4 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half or left whole
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (opt)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 pound of your favorite pasta
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 cup freshly shaved parmesan cheese
- 4 to 6 slices of crisp bacon crumbled over the top
- In a bowl toss sliced tomatoes, garlic, oil, basil, salt, sugar, hot pepper flakes and ground pepper.
- Place in a 9 X 13 metal cake pan or broiler proof baking dish and roast at 450°F for approximately 15 minutes. Tomatoes should be softened and garlic tender.
- Remove the dish with the tomatoes from the oven and preheat the broiler. Broil the tomatoes just until brown and blistered in spots, about 3 minutes. Remove from the broiler.
- Meanwhile while tomatoes are in the oven, Cook pasta in a pot of salted boiling water until just tender but still a bit firm to bite.
- Drain and return pasta to pot.
- Add garlic tomato mixture and parsley, tossing to coat.
- Transfer the pasta to a large serving dish.
- Sprinkle generously with freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the top. Romano or Asiago is also excellent.
- Crumble crisp bacon over the top.
- Serve with crusty toasted garlic bread or breadsticks
by Get Off Your Butt and BAKE
Jonna, can I give you a hug right now?? I just want to give you a big ole squeeze because you know what? You are amazing that’s what. I have looked up to you for quite some time following your blog and this makes me look up to you all the more. You are so strong and have so much going on in your life and us outsiders would never have any idea. You are always so positive and share your amazing creativity with us when you can. Sure I would love to see you post more often – heck I’d love to cook with you for that matter, but you are absolutely right that there are things that are more important than a blog. I’m hopeful that your sister will find a kidney. She’s got to! We may not have ever met in real life, but across the blog lines I consider you a dear friend. Thinking of you always and wishing the best for all that you have going on.
Much love, Yvonne
I can always count on you to make me smile!
I also love your spirit & your your amazing blog as well. You’ve been canning like crazy girl!
Thanks for always taking the time to spring sunshine to my day!
I read your blog regularly! Thanks for sharing life’s moments with us! I, too, am dealing with aging parents and it is much important than our blogs.
I have a zillion tomatoes, will be making this for dinner soon!
Take good care!
Thank Julie….I sure appreciate your sweet thoughts!
Love you! No matter how often you blog. ; )
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It makes one think about their own life and how we all can certainly learn from one another. You inspire me greatly. Love how your family seems to be there for one another through all the “sludge” of life……and yet still manage to find all the joys too.
I’m in the midst of trying to find that right balance. So thank you.
P.S. We also have a daughter with Epilepsy. Who also can’t drive. She lives 3 hours away from us. We also worry how she will manage with a family one day. I am more hopeful after you wrote about your daughter. Thank you again. ; )
We do have a lot in common!
One foot in front of the other, and realizing that we would NEVER want someone else’s problems.
It’s everyone around me suffering…not me….it’s hard to understand.
I’m sure your daughter is a fighter, just like mine. She will be just fine.
I’ll email you!
I’ve got loads of tomatoes from our plants so am going to make this tonite for dinner. It looks wonderful! Now, I need to find a recipe for all of our bell peppers but am sure I’ll find a recipe or two in your blog!
You’ve got an awful lot on your ‘plate’ right now. I’m so sorry you are dealing with so much. Thank you for sharing and know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Here’s a hug – (((Jonna)))
I wish it was my plate! I would like to ease the burden & pain of those I love.
Thanks though for thinking of me.
Hugs right back to you!
this looks incredibly delicious! My mouth is watering!
Your club Sandwich made my mouth water!
That looks so very good! Thanks for sharing part of your life and feelings with us. Hope this week is a good one.
Thanks Valerie . . . Hope your week and every week is happy!
Made this tonight to rave reviews! I didn’t have any Parmesan but I did have Feta. It was amazing! I will be doing this again. Thanks for the recipe.
Thank you Christine . . . it’s sooooo nice hearing that!
I’m so sorry Jonna please know that you are all in my prayers. Hugs!
Thanks so much Tammy!
Hi Jonna – goodness, my mouth is watering just at the picture you’ve got there of this delicious dish! Will put this on the agenda for the weekend. Will keep your family in my prayers. My younger sister is on her third kidney transplant – 1st one lasted 11 years, the 2nd one (with me as donor) lasted 13 years, this current one hopefully lasts her until she’s a ripe, old age. I thank those that are willing to give the gift of life. You’ve probably already heard the saying “Don’t take your organs to Heaven, Heaven knows we need them here!” It’s so very true. Hope your sister is successfully transplanted very, very soon and everyone else’s health continues to improve. Thanks for the fantastic blog post.
Your comment sure made my day! I will pass it on to my Sis Jamie, as it will most certainly lift her spirits as well!
Thanks so much.
heyyy love the recipee
if i have a microwave oven, can u explain to me difference between the roasting and 5 minute broiling ?
Broiling gives you the blistered, slightly browned tomatoes.
You probably can’t get that with a microwave oven, but it will still work.
Using a microwave safe dish, just slightly soften the cherry tomatoes, until they are to your liking.
Hope this helps,
I am so sorry for all of your family’s health issues. Cancer is an evil that I pray one day will be erradicated from this world. I’ll be praying for your dad, as well as your sweet mom for not giving up – she deserves to see for many more years as her babies and grandbabies continue to grow. I have known a couple of people throughout the past few years with PKD, mostly children – I’m sure your sister will find a match soon. And your sweet, courageous daughter – it requires every ounce of strength and stamina to raise children, and she is proving that she has been born to take on this role in the ultimate way. You and her mother-in-law are amazing ladies to help her in her daily routine. I guess I just wanted you to know that I am praying for all of you. You’ve been handed more than your fair share of major hurdles in life, and I pray that God takes them away so that your run is a smooth one. Have a beautiful Monday 🙂