Really, is there anything more beautiful than a rose? Pictured here is a rose (two, actually) that I recently plucked from my garden. I actually had thought rose season was over and cut back the two that I have (Blue Bell and Royal Amythest) a month ago but then they both came roaring back. Gorgeous, right?
The other crop that's doing a bit of roaring back are late-season tomatoes. I had a crop myself and am hearing stories of them popping up (aka volunteering) in gardens all over the place. After a dismal summer tomato season here in Southern California, it's been kind of nice to now have tomatoes (mostly cherry) almost into winter. And THAT brings me to the following recipe that was sent to us from Cote de Pablo (who plays Ziva David on "NCIS"), via the folks at Prevention magazine, which features an interview with her in their January issue. It's a recipe for pasta sauce that makes great use of those cherry tomatoes and is, officially, our first recipe on the site from a TV celebrity. I mean, that's a milestone, right?
On that note, below is the recipe and, in a nod to this, the frantic holiday season, let's make sure to take some time to stop and smell those roses. Beautiful.