Thursday, October 4, 2007

fresh from the garden...and off the press

I recently received my third batch of juicy tomatoes fresh from the garden. Not my garden, mind you. I have yet to turn my thumb green but my friends seem to have no problem getting vegetables to grow. I'm happy to share in the harvest! If you find yourself with more tomatoes than you're able to bottle try this tasty yet healthy recipe. It's quickly become a family favorite and it doesn't even use a cream-based sauce!

Linguine with Fresh Tomatoes
8 ounces uncooked linguine pasta (or your favorite type of pasta)
3 medium tomatoes, chopped (or lots of those yummy yellow and red cherry tomatoes!)
6 green onions, sliced
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c minced fresh basil (or about 1 tsp dried)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2-3 T olive oil

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile combine tomatoes, onions, Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper in large bowl. Drain pasta and toss with olive oil. Add to tomato mixture and toss to coat. Note: If using dried basil I would prepare the tomato mixture before the pasta so the basil has a little time to soften and add its flavor to the mix.
I did find with this recipe that by the time you toss everything together the pasta cools a bit so you may need to reheat it a little before serving. But this is truly and easy, healthy, and totally full-of-flavor recipe the whole family will love (even if the kids pick out the tomatoes).

Now for something totally unrelated to garden-fresh tomatoes. Our recent release about our new designs was picked up by Impressions, a Nielsen Business Media publication focusing on the decorated apparel business. Why am I sharing this seemingly uninteresting bit of news? Because we use PRWeb to distribute our press releases. PRWeb is a great tool for those with a limited PR budget such as ours. For a nominal fee (as little as $10) you can easily upload your release and once approved it will be picked up by leading online news sites like Yahoo! News, Google News, and Topix. Plus they have a great SEO Wizard for premium placement in search results. If you're willing to pay a bit more for your release you can include embedded hyperlinks and even have your release distributed through an Associated Press feed to top circulation US newspapers.

Sounds boring? Well, for those of us who look for easy, affordable, effective ways to get our news out, PRWeb is a great choice. Their upload process is intuitive and painless and we've seen great results using the service. For us 'mompreneurs' with a mainly DIY (do-it-yourself) business, we can use all the easy, affordable, effective help we can get! --Emily

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