Homemade croutons are a cinch to make and SO much better than store-bought. An underrated snack on their own, they're also a great way to jazz up salads, soups and pasta dishes.
Tomato confit uses a slow cooking technique to turn even ho-hum tomatoes into wow-wow tomatoes. It's a fabulous way to utilize average/out of season tomatoes, or to use up a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes at the end of summer. Makes a delicious appetizer or side.