Vegetables and Side Dishes – Grilled Tomato Halves

Another Book Review

Recently, I wrote about The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, a great nonfiction book for artists of any kind. This next book is called Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a fictional example of someone who is seriously avoiding her art. One of the main characters is an architect who has avoided designing buildings for almost 20 years.

What happens in the story–and where the title comes from–is that this character cannot deal with reality and feels like she has to run away from her life. All of this avoidance has a root cause: the fact that she had a deeper avoidance of her art. She herself admits that without her art, she becomes a “menace to society.”

Anyway, it’s a great story with a great voice. It’s a conglomeration of different types of documents–emails and faxes from various characters, ship’s logs, memos, etc. All of this works together to tell the story, along with a narrative.

On another note, I heard on the news that the cost of raising a child is going up–big surprise.

A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 for food, shelter and other expenses up to age 18, an increase of 1.8% from 2012, the Agriculture Department said Monday. (USA Today)

Now that we are officially empty nesters, I’m expecting to feel like we’re just swimming in money!

Grilled Tomato Halves

Well, these are easy–and tasty! I had one big tomato leftover from tomato week at the cooking club, so I decided to whip these up (p. 28). Super easy! In order to keep the halves flat, you can thinly slice a piece off the bottom of the tomato so they stay still on the cookie sheet.

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The parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and oregano flavored the tomatoes nicely.

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