Tomato Brushcetta is the perfect thing to make with fresh garden tomatoes @yourhomebasedmom

Bruschetta is a favorite way to use up ripe tomatoes at our house. I’ve been having to do some readjusting to my cooking this week.  Now that we only have one child at home I am finding I am making too much food!  For dinner last night I cut the recipe in half and still had enough leftovers for another meal!  Yikes!  One plus is my grocery bill should go down. Another thing we have lots of at our house is tomatoes!  Yes, it’s tomato time!  We’ve got lots of ripe tomatoes [Continue Reading…]

How To Make Fresh Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

Making your own fresh tomato sauce has a few steps involved but it is not a difficult process. The end result is so worth the effort. You get tomato sauce that tastes like a fresh from the garden tomato! I also love the fact that I can control my sugar and salt content when I make my own tomato sauce vs. using it out of a can. When that bumper crop of tomatoes hits, it is the perfect time to make your own tomato sauce and then to freeze it [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes aka Tomato Candy

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes - Tomato Candy

Some years I kind of dread cherry tomato season.  We always have way more than we can use and Jim ends up walking up and down the street giving them away to the neighbors!  But not this year.  I’m not sure what happened to our tomatoes this year but they are not doing well.  We had lots of sun this summer so you would think they would!  So now I have resorted to walking up and down the street asking my neighbors to share their cherry tomatoes! If you don’t [Continue Reading…]

Marinated Skirt Steak with Tomato Relish

Marinated Skirt Steak with Tomato Relish

It’s been a hot week here in Portland.  We’re in the 90’s and that is 10 degrees higher than our average temperature for this time of year.  I’m not complaining but when the temperatures get that high my desire to turn on the stove or oven go way down.  To almost non-existent!  Thank goodness for our grill.  Keep that heat outside! Today’s recipe uses skirt steak.  Skirt steak is a nice inexpensive cut of meat but it definitely needs to marinate.  I marinated it over night.  I would give it [Continue Reading…]

Quick & Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

Quick & Easy Tomato Soup

I have always loved tomato soup.  Growing up my favorite lunch and sometimes dinner was a bowl tomato soup and of course it was always accompanied by a grilled cheese sandwich.  We didn’t have a lunch room at my elementary school so I walked home for lunch every day and many times I came home to a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.  It always tasted wonderful, especially when I had to walk home through 10 feet of snow for blocks.  (at least that is what I [Continue Reading…]

Bacon Bruschetta


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ andFarmland but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #porkinapinch We pretty much live by the motto of “Everything is better with bacon” at our house. One of our favorite recipes to make this time of year, when the tomatoes are running rampant is bruschetta. Sometimes it is our meal. Tessa recently attended a dinner party where they served bruschetta as one of the appetizers and she came home raving about it.  I of course emailed her [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Corn and Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted Corn & Tomato Bruschetta@Your Homebased Mom

I’ve become obsessed with roasting corn on our grill this summer. I love eating it right off the cob as well as cutting it off the cob to add into things. Last week I shared a yummy Grilled Vegetable and Peach Salad where I used roasted corn. Today I’ve got another delicious recipe for you using roasted corn over at I Heart Naptime. Come check it out – you’re going to love it! Roasted Corn and Tomato Bruschetta is the perfect summer appetizer.

Mango Salsa

mango salsa

Today I am sharing a recipe that is a little heat and a little sweet over at I Heart Naptime.  It is a recipe for a yummy Mango Salsa.  It is so delicious and so pretty!!   We are huge Mexican food fans at our house and our first and most important criteria for a Mexican restaurant is how good their chips and salsa is!  We are serious about our chips and salsa!! This salsa would also be delicious served with chicken or fish.  Come back tomorrow to see what I [Continue Reading…]

Cilantro Lime Chicken Chop Salad

cilantro lime chicken chop salad

I am not a big fan of mall food  – that is unless we are eating at the Nordstrom Cafe.  A delicious little cafe tucked away upstairs next to the Point of View Department at our Nordstroms.  Their food is wonderful and my favorite dish to order there is their Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad. I was craving it the other day and didn’t want to make a trip to the mall so I decided to create my own version at home.  I needed to take a salad to a St. [Continue Reading…]