Tomato Butter, Tomato Spreads and Pasta Variations made with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Exploring Ways to Use Sun-Dried Tomatoes

by Cyndy Crist

HeathGlen's sun-dried tomatoes
HeathGlen's sun-dried tomatoes

I think that Sally Schneider’s wonderful blog, The Improvised Life, has had a real impact on me.  I’ve had both of her cookbooks, A New Way to Cook and The Improvisational Cook, for years, but her almost daily dose of blog posts has heightened my awareness and appreciation of her approach to creativity in the kitchen and in life. More and more, I find myself looking at recipes as sources of ideas for cooking rather than “the way” to prepare a dish.  Or, said another way, as starting points rather than itineraries.

Take sun-dried tomatoes.  I’m seldom without them and usually have some packed in olive oil and others in their “natural” state in a jar or zip lock bag (for detailed information on how to dry your own, visit Dorothy’s farmtojar blog, which is associated with this blog).  Too often I’ve only used  sun-dried tomatoes when a recipe I wanted to try explicitly called for them.  Now, I’m thinking about an array of possibilities, starting with three general approaches – butters, spreads, and pasta.  And the more I let my mind wander, the more ideas are popping into my head.  Here are just a few.  Continue reading “Tomato Butter, Tomato Spreads and Pasta Variations made with Sun-Dried Tomatoes”