I’m back! (For real this time)


I cannot believe it’s been two months since I last posted! For those who read my blog regularly, you may remember that I got a new job back in April. Well, I thought I was back on track with food blogging after I first started, but the work load was a bit more voluminous than I had expected, so I was staying late just about every night for the first month, meaning way more take out for dinner.

But, what you didn’t know was that my weekends were crazy as well, considering I went to Las Vegas for five days (with all the great restaurants!), watched the Duke men’s lacrosse team win back-to-back national championships over Memorial Day, and did a ton of traveling for the NBA Playoffs. Right around the time I started my new job, I was presented with a pretty amazing opportunity to write for the NBA during the final weeks of the regular season and during the playoffs, which meant I traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina for the first round, covered the Chicago Bulls during the second round, went to Indianapolis for the third round, and was capped off by a stint in San Antonio for Games 1 and 2 of the Finals! So, again, no opportunity to cook but ample means for dining out and take out meals.

Now that basketball season is over, I’m pretty much settled for the rest of the summer in Chicago. However, I needed something to get me excited about cooking at home again. And what better motivator than the produce at farmers markets! Oh, the smell of the strawberries and the tomatoes! I just couldn’t resist. Especially since my Cooking Light magazine introduced a fun way to enjoy the season’s juicy beefsteak tomatoes: by frying the skins! It was a simple little step that made these tomatoes even better. And, it got me excited about cooking again! I’m so glad to be back.

Beefsteak Tomato Salad with Fried Tomato Skins
(from Cooking Light June 2014)

2 1/2 pounds beefsteak tomatoes in assorted colors (about 4)
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups baby arugula

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Core tomatoes; discard cores. Place tomatoes in boiling water for 15 seconds. Plunge tomatoes into ice water; drain. Peel; arrange skins flat on a jelly-roll pan. Cut peeled tomatoes into 1/2-inch-thick slices; arrange on a platter.
2. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of skins to oil; cook 2 minutes or until crisp, turning occasionally. Drain on a paper towel; repeat procedure with remaining skins. Discard oil in pan. Sprinkle skins with 1/8 teaspoon salt.
3. Drizzle tomatoes with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Top with tomato skins and arugula.

66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 20:11:36

    Welcome back!

  2. Michael's Woodcraft
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 20:14:02

    Welcome back and I am glad you are back, missed seeing your post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Recent post: Homemade Ice Cream

  3. apuginthekitchen
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 20:43:21

    Welcome back, this is yummy!

  4. I Wilkerson
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 21:08:24

    Welcome back! I knew you had the new job and was a bit worried it had buried you. Happy to hear you were also having a lot of fun. Great time to be back–nothing like summer to inspire some delicious home cooking!

  5. hotlyspiced
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 21:30:55

    Welcome back! I’ve been wondering what had happened to you. Good to hear you’re back and into the kitchen xx

  6. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 21:36:11

    Yes, welcome back! Missed you. I’m glad I didn’t miss this post in my reader (blogger) – it’s acting up. Only showing the most current post of all the blogs I’m following. Grrr. Interesting technique…

  7. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 22:11:16

    New jobs can be crazy! Vegas sounds so fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 22:49:30

    Welcome home! Fried tomato skins? I love it!

  9. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 00:29:50

    I love the sound of the fried tomato skins! Welcome back ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Food,Photography & France
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 00:36:40

    Very cool idea….glad to see you back:)

  11. Greg
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 04:15:08

    Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article.
    I like to write a little comment to support you.

  12. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 05:15:35

    Welcome back and Congrats on your new job! Fried tomato skins are completely new to me and sound like a very cool idea!

  13. TrafficDiva
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 05:48:05

    And we SUPER DUPER EXCITED to have you back!!!! =)
    And of course this dish is YUMMY…everything (even Tomato skins!!!) is better FRIED or with BUTTER!!! LOL!!


  14. Susan Edelman
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 06:12:14

    I love tomatoes for breakfast! Usually, I just broil them with some seasoning, but now I’m going to consider frying those skins!

  15. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 06:53:02

    Welcome back! I popped over a couple times to check on you….and I’m glad it wasn’t any awful circumstance that kept you away. You were in Indy??? You need to let me know if you’re ever here again…I’d love to meet up with you.

  16. chef mimi
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 07:56:05

    Wow. you’re definitely busy! Fascinating recipe!

  17. Monica
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 09:05:41

    Sounds like plenty of excitement at your end. Good luck with your job and all the other opportunities. Glad you are cooking again and this salad is a great way to kick things off again. : )

  18. Mary Frances
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 09:14:11

    Sounds like you’ve had quite the adventure!

    This recipe sounds so unique.

  19. Joyce
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 09:20:58

    Welcome back!
    Great to see you back in action in kitchen world!
    That is a delicious looking tomato dish, interesting way of cooking the tomato skins!

  20. http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com/
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 09:28:24

    Welcome back! This beefsteak tomato salad looks so beautiful and irresistible. You have a good day and cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. markd60
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 10:13:02

    Welcome back! I always post in the mornings with my cofee.

  22. Elaine @ foodbod
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 12:57:15

    I’m exhausted just reading what you’ve been up to!! Welocme home xx love the salad โ˜บ๏ธ

  23. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 17:08:51

    Welcome back. Those tomatoes look awesome.

  24. Fae's Twist & Tango
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 17:58:03

    Welcome back! Tomatoes in any for m is yummy. Frying the skin is pretty interesting.

  25. milex
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 20:51:47


  26. Geraldine Saucier
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 21:01:18

    So glad you are back. I love this tomato recipe. I will be giving it a try soon.

  27. The Foodie Affair
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 22:42:18

    Great recipe to get back in the kitchen with! You’ve been busy!!

  28. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 22:50:04

    Welcome back, I have also had limitations of late due to work load. Sigh.. it would be so nice if blogging were a paid job, lol! I love this recipe, it’s a new one for me for sure!! I’ve never heard this idea!

  29. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 00:31:43

    You’re more than allowed to take a little break, however if you went one more month, I would have gotten mad! LOL!

  30. Anita Menon
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 01:01:58

    Good to see you back! Missed your and your space.Congrats on your new job and all the wonderful travelling and activity you have been engaging in.

    The tomatoes look delish.

  31. Gloria
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 03:06:02

    Glad you’re back with nice food for us!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Cakelaw
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 03:36:09

    Welcome back! Glad you had a good time in Vegas.

  33. ashley
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 05:55:53

    It’s about time you’re back!! I’m kidding ๐Ÿ™‚ But seriously – very glad to have your posts back again – missed the good looking food!

  34. Andi
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 06:34:37

    Welcome back. You have been busy. Your salad looks tasty.

  35. cquek
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 11:01:59

    Oh my that looks delicious. Welcome back.

  36. Janet Rudolph
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 12:53:26

    Welcome back..and with such a great and easy recipe, too!

  37. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 14:58:14

    Welcome back and congrats, belatedly, on the new job!

  38. SandraM
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 15:11:48

    Wow! You have been busy! That is a whole lot going on. Good for you! So glad to see you back. This recipe sounds and looks yummy. I am picturing it on top of a crisped up pita. Yum!

  39. Promenade Claire
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 17:00:42

    welcome back Yummy, it sound slike you’ve been having a great time of it!

  40. Tracy
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 17:32:59

    This looks delicious. I will definitely try making it after I have tomatoes in my garden this summer. I hope the new job is going great.

  41. melolimparfaite
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 18:25:19

    this looks fabulous… so, you’re back and now you’re gonna make me hungry again !

  42. Carolyn Jung
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 21:54:40

    Sounds like you had a wonderful — and eventful — time off. Good for you. We all need that now and then, especially when the weather turns warm and lovely like it is now. Welcome back!

  43. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 21:56:36

    yeah! So glad you are back. What a crazy but fun time you have been having. What a great opportunity you had with the NBA! This salad looks amazing

  44. Tammy
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 00:00:47

    Welcome back! I took a break also and so I’m happy to say that we didn’t miss each other :-). I love that you fried the tomato skins. I have never heard of a recipe like this however, I did hear just recently that some companies create A sustainable almost plastic like material from tomato skins.

  45. Amelia
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 00:37:13

    Hi YC, good to see you again. This salad sound refreshing and delightful. Very pretty color.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  46. Karen
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 07:19:12

    I can certainly see why you were missing from the blogging sceneโ€ฆwelcome back.

  47. My Kitchen Stories
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 07:37:24

    You poor thing starting a new job. the trip sounds amazing though. nice to have you back

  48. Bam's Kitchen
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 08:41:30

    Welcome Back! Congratulations on your new job! It is always tough for the first couple of months until you get into the swing of things…

  49. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 13:11:42

    Ok, wait, I want to know more about what you do outside of this blog with writing for the NBA. I’m always beyond excited to find another NBA fan in this food blog world. We’re season tickets for the Nets, but with my husband from Cleveland, the Cavs are his babies and so I’ve adopted them as well at times. There’s alot of heart break with being a Cleveland fan, but we’re crossing our fingers with the draft tonight!

    Welcome back!

  50. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 14:37:13

    Welcome back! I love this recipe, look delicious.

  51. sara
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 08:20:49

    Welcome back! Those tomatoes look AMAZING…yum!!

  52. Daniela
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 15:28:48

    Nice to have you back!!
    What a colorful, tasty looking salad.

  53. bakeawaywithme.com
    Jun 28, 2014 @ 20:35:12

    Welcome back! Missed you! Your salad looks great!

  54. rondamkisner
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 20:59:59

    Welcome Back!

  55. Raymund
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 02:48:38

    Wow welcome back and what a nice recipe to start it all again

  56. monicaharmony
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 03:47:38

    That looks so good and super healthy! Exactly what I need these days!

    Monica Harmony’s Blog

  57. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 07:49:40

    Welcome back! I know how it is to be too busy to blog, but we will be here waiting anxiously for your posts:-) this salad looks so refreshing and perfect for summer

  58. greyhousejournal
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 08:06:08

    You were missed! Welcome back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Katerina
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 02:27:56

    Welcome back to blogging world! Healthy and delicious!

  60. Jasline @ Foodie Baker
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 20:34:52

    Welcome back! Never knew potato skins can be fried, sounds really interesting!

  61. Johanna GGG
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 19:33:47

    welcome back – those fried tomato skins sound amazing – and your live sounds very interesting with your NBA writing and new job

  62. Choc Chip Uru
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 20:48:18

    I love seeing your posts again, so delicious as always ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  63. Carine
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 19:24:44

    Welcome back!

  64. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 13:52:38

    Welcome back!! So happy you’re back and with such a delicious recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Jul 13, 2014 @ 11:21:15

    Welcome back! I don’t know how you do it all. And the NBA final?? What a lucky lady!!

  66. Mary @ Fit and Fed
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 17:07:19

    Fried tomato skins, that’s an interesting dish that’s new to me. How cool that your new job is flexible enough to let you take advantage of the NBA writing opportunity.

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