Why am I turning the oven on when it feels like an inferno outside?  We do our best to keep the temperature down as much as possible.  Fans blow throughout the day.  Shades are closed to prevent any rays of light from sneaking in.  Once in a while, we’ll even pop the A/C on for a bit to cut the humidity.  So, again, why the heck have I turned the oven on?

I’ll tell you why. One word: tacos.

Tacos are my new, not so secret obsession. The funny thing is that I don’t really recall ever having them as a kid. For the longest time, I associated tacos with the ones stuffed with ground beef (“Yo quiero Taco Bell.”) and, therefore, I was kind of turned off by the idea of them.

Over the last few months, however, we’ve been doing “Taco Night” at least once a week. Shrimp tacos with mango salsa.  Fish tacos garnished with fresh cilantro and pickled radishes.  And then there are the black bean and sweet potato tacos… my own personal vegetarian heaven.

The fact that tacos and margaritas go hand in hand doesn’t hurt either (I can find a number of reasons to pull out the tequila bottle).  They were meant for each other.  And on a day when the thermometer hits 90+ degrees, it’s just what you need to take the edge off.

Speaking of summer, be sure to check out the latest issue of Foodie Crush Magazine.  Heidi did a FABULOUS job producing it and it is filled with a ton of wonderful profiles and recipes.  Of course, I may be a bit biased since I’m featured in the Boys of Summer article, along with some other fantastic male bloggers.  Be sure to take a look!

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  • July 12, 2012 - 1:27 am

    Rosa - Healthy and original! Those tacos must be really scrumptious.



  • July 12, 2012 - 5:49 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I love how you can make anything into a taco! So delicious – I love this!ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Joanne - I can never really get excited about korean tacos because they are SO not veg friendly…but these sound fabulous! I could pretty much eat kimchi constantly…so…I’d adore these.ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Oh my goodness Brian! What a fabulous combination! Sounds like sound wonderful that would come out of a food truck. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 9:30 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - A) I could replace my blood with these tacos.

    B) LOVED seeing your feature in Foodiecrush!

    C) That’s all I think.ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 10:45 am

    Shaina (Food for My Family) - I totally came for the kimchi. I didn’t regret it at all, not one bit. These sound incredible, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Sues - Glad you stepped over to the taco “dark-side” :)Sweet potatoes in tacos are one of my newest obsessions… And now I need to try them with kimchi!ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies - Oh, man, I’m with you! Taco obsession! Meat + sauce + avocado wrapped in a fresh tortilla is a heavenly meal. I love your version, it sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - I love simple tacos; my favorite is probably barely that. Avocado, tomato, cilantro is all it takes to make me happy! Add some shrimp? Heaven.ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    Shannon - one of my favorite flavor combinations… in a taco! you can’t go wrong :)ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    Betsy - This is one of my favorite combinations! I’m feeding this to my vegetarian supper club in two weeks!ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Medeja - I like combination of flavors, looks really interesting and really yummy!ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 11:17 pm

    chinmayie @ love food eat - Looks tempting! Interesting flavors there…ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2012 - 11:20 pm

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Two of my favorite combos — tacos & kimchi. Delicious combo 😀ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 3:59 am

    JulieD - Congrats on being featured, Brian!! I loved it!

    I love the combination of flavors in these tacos!!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 7:38 am

    Carolyn - Mmmm, lovely vegetarian tacos. It is hard to turn on the oven when it’s so hot out, but if you’re obsessed…ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Toni @ Boulder Locavore - Completely inspired Brian. I’d crank my oven too for these (but of course the air conditioning has been on full tilt all summer so I’d have nothing to complain about). Reading this made me realize what a banal taco rut I’ve fallen into. You’ve helped me get my taco mojo back into gear. Such a perfect dish, the taco, why waste it on predictable filling. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Jen @ Savory Simple - These tacos sound so interesting! The flavor combos are great and this is never something I’d think of putting together, which is why I really love it. Pinned for inspiration! And congratulations on Foodie Crush.ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Jamie - Sadly, the only tacos around here are the boxed variety with ground beef because my son makes them. I should take a cue from you and actually cook a delicious, flavorful and vegetarian taco! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    Jeanette - I love the idea of kimchi in your tacos, what a neat idea. When it’s how out, I crave kimchi!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2012 - 6:22 am

    Angie@Angiesrecipes - Kimchi in tacos? wow…that’s a positively interesting and delicious idea, esp. when paired with sweet potatoes!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some tacos, especially when they are filled with actual food!

    En Inglés la palabra “taco” anagramas a la palabra “capa”, pero en anagramas español la palabra a “toca”.ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I just love kimchi and I need to get back to my taco nights. This dish is inspiring and flavorful. Congrats on the Foodie Crush feature this month:)Can’t wait to see it:)xxReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2012 - 6:34 pm

    Stacey S - Yum – love a beautiful and inspired taco! Congrats on FoodieCrush feature as well! :)ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2012 - 10:25 am

    justcooknyc - ha, i grew up on the same kind of tacos stuffed with that over-spiced ground beef mixture. it’s amazing that i’ve learned to love them again as an adult.ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - love! I want to go here!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods - Ooooh, I have been wanting to experiment with kimchi in my tex-mex. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - Yum! I’ve been on a taco kick lately, too… Though I’m blaming a certain baby for that. :) Kimchi sounds like a fun addition… I will have to try that next time!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Denise - Don’t you love the sweet potato and black bean combination? I make a salad using similar ingredients and adore it. I like the addition of kimchi with the filling, and anything in taco form is okay by me!ReplyCancel

  • November 18, 2013 - 11:46 am

    sailingfork - We are going to make these tonight. Never had a taco with kimchi can’t wait for dinner!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Curried Tofu Scramble Tacos - Joanne Eats Well With Others - […] Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Kimchi from A Thought For Food […]ReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2012 - 7:38 am

    Joanne - And here we have reason number five million why I wish I had never left boston!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 8:22 am

    Winnie - Wow. I love all of your photos of restos in action, and the food here sounds incredible. Nice work :)ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 8:22 am

    Naomi - Its hardly 5am here in California and you ‘be managed to make me craves a pork salad. *sigh*

    Lovimg all the action shots.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 8:54 am

    foodwanderings - I always thought that enclave is curious. So nice to see places like this around there. I love your coverage of Boston restos & congrats on the article. Am hopping over there as we speak.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 10:25 am

    TidyMom - Looks like I need to go to Boston!! Lovely pictures, as always Brian!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 10:26 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Great post Brian! I desperately want that noodle bowl!!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - I need to come visit! great looking food scene from your lensReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - All of the great restaurants are too far away… and yet sort of close. Someday :)ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    Kankana - Just read the detail article. Excellent and I would definitely suggest my friend in Boston to visit this place.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 11:29 pm

    Jeanette - Wish we had a place like Foumami nearby. The sesame noodles and bibimbap salad look fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Monet - Well, I guess we can visit next time we’re in town, huh? It was SO SO good to finally meet you. I can’t wait until we can connect again. You need to get down to Austin, ASAP. Thank you again for everything sweet friend. Please do send me your mailing address when you get the chance. XOXOReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2012 - 10:30 am

    Elyse @The Cultural Dish - Having lived in Boston and gone out to eat all the time – I’m sad that I did not try this place out! Especially since they have bubble tea… I have a bubble tea obsession! :)ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    MikeVFMK - I love that you cover all these Boston gems, some of which would hardly get the notice they deserve. And some of those dishes sound fantastic. And that noodle salad? Ridonk.ReplyCancel

This is summer in all its glory. Sliced bread, pesto, cheese, roasted tomatoes, a salad tossed with toasted walnuts and dried cherries. I don’t need anything else, except maybe a glass of wine.  Ok, who am I kidding… two glasses of wine.

Eric and I are spending the next few days on the Cape. It’s the first time in our six years together that we’ve spent long stretches here. Despite our crazy schedules, we’re doing our best to take periodic weeks off to enjoy the house.

Our daily routine here is more leisurely than what we’re used to.  It starts with breakfast of local eggs from a farm stand down the road or hearty bowls of homemade granola. We read the paper (the actual paper… not just articles on our iPhones). Then we lounge. There’s lounging on the deck. When we’re tired of the deck, we move to the hammock closer to the lake.  Maybe we run a few errands mid-day… just to get them out of the way.

There are fabulous lunches served, bottles of wine poured.  Of course, we need a nap after feasting.  Maybe a late-afternoon swim.  And this all leads up to gin and tonics on the dock as we watch the sunset.

Life isn’t all fun and games.  And it’s certainly not always relaxing.  But for our sanity, we need to enjoy it from time to time.  As it says so eloquently in this recent New York Times article: “Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body…”

Being self-employed, I’m always “Go, go, go!” and I rarely take the opportunity to shut down and rest my brain for a bit.  And despite the work that I have to do (and will do), I’m going to take this time to refresh my soul.  So, this weekend, let’s be idle.  Take some time for yourself.  Power off.  Have breakfast in bed.  Take a nap in a lounge chair or on the couch.  Be lazy.

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  • July 5, 2012 - 12:56 am

    SteffanyF - Um, can I just say delicious? I’m roasting some tomatoes tomorrow. YOU CAN’T STOP ME! I hope you have the best time relaxing on the Cape!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 1:01 am

    Baker Street - Your pictures are just stunning, Bri! This surely would have made for a delicious meal. Hope you and E have a fantastic time. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 1:04 am

    trishie - The simplicity and yumminess of this is making me soooo hungry!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 6:15 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I absolutely love burrata! This recipe is lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 6:33 am

    Joanne - I’m so glad you’re taking time to just LIVE. You deserve it. These sandwiches sound like the perfect relaxation food. Burrata is a dream of a cheese and roasted tomatoes are beyond amazing. the perfect combination!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 8:51 am

    Maria - It doesn’t get any better than this!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 8:54 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - Love this Burrata Brian! Too good!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Sarah Klinkowitz - This is food almost at its simplest! Am in love with the combo,can completely imagine eating this! Excellent!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Winnie - There’s nothing better than burrata served like this! ps yay for being lazy :)ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - This really is the perfect summertime meal! Enjoy your time at the Cape!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 10:38 am

    Alicia - Yum! Enjoy your weekend on the Cape! Taking time for yourself and “recharging” is so important.ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Stephanie - So simple. Enjoy your break!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Denise - I hear you on going, going, going. We recently decided to take small opportunities to get away when we can squeeze in that time, as well. We just took a camping trip, during the week, no one else was around and it was bliss. We had so much fun doing nothing but laughing and enjoying each other. Have to seize those chances when they present themselves!!!

    Love the combo of burrata and roasted tomatoes. We have been roasting tomatoes like crazy and putting them in everything from pizzas to salads. Will have to make these little appetizers soon –ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - Gorgeous! This definitely falls into my pregnancy eats [minus the gluten].ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet - I love this post darlin! You are soooo right. Idle time, is essential! The roasted tomatoes look like heaven. Enjoy your weekend!!


  • July 5, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Bunkycooks - I could not agree with you more. Taking some time away from being hooked up non-stop while we were in Europe was refreshing. We all need to take a break, enjoy the people in the room with us (and the great outdoors) and take in all that life has to offer. It is good for the mind and the soul! Have fun and enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 10:19 pm

    Kristen - Unplugging and getting back to basics is so essential sometimes. Our bodies and minds need it more than we probably know.
    This recipe looks amazing – a taste of summer, indeed!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 10:56 pm

    JulieD - Good for you for taking the time out to relax…I need to learn how to do that. :) This recipe looks so gorgeous, Brian, and so simple and so tasty. I need this in my life right now!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Linda - Your time off sounds wonderful. And tomatoes, burrata, and pesto sounds divine!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Jeanette - I love the idea of roasting tomatoes for this beautiful summer appetizer. Burrata is hard to come by around here, but I’m going to keep looking.ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 9:35 am

    RavieNomNoms - Wow, this looks amazing!! What a nice thing to have with a glass of red wine…yum!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 10:07 am

    TidyMom - Love this combo!! Have fun!!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Sommer@ASP - Brian, I honestly can’t think of a single things that sounds more wonderful than this right now!! Now how to I incorporate this into breakfast….ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 10:58 am

    Denise @ TLT - How I love burrata…that creamy goodness! Love your gorgeous pictures and your description of unwinding and enjoying simple pleasures. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    joy - This is perfect for a lazy afternoon 😀ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - This makes me miss my summers spent on Long Beach Island (I’m originally from NJ). Lazy days filled with delicious Italian food :) Enjoy your time on the Cape!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    Kathy - Panini Happy - This is one of my *favorite* treats right now. I’m so excited when I see it on a menu, it definitely gets ordered. I only wish I could find burrata more easily around here, but I can usually at least get it at Whole Foods.ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Sounds perfect, enjoy your weekend and have a glass of wine for me!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    Toni @ Boulder Locavore - Brian the food and photos are of course gorgeous as always but your narrative is like medicine to me! Why is it so hard to take time to relax? It’s like a new sport, ‘relaxing’. I love the picture you painted and will soak that in, dreaming of it as I rise at 5 a.m. to spend the better part of the day at a swim meet with my kids. No breakfast in bed….or even served in a lounge chair poolside. Lovely post.ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 12:14 am

    Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand - Hope you get time to recharge your batteries!
    Your way of relaxing sounds great and delicious to me. Beautiful photos :-)ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 12:38 am

    DB-The Foodie Stuntman - Glad you found time to relax and I love basil pesto. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 9:04 am

    On the Menu - Pursuit of Healthfulness - […] A Thought For Food: Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto […]ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 9:56 am

    rebekka - I love burrata, but we don’t really have a great source for it in Nashville, which is sad. Meanwhile, I’ll live vicariously through these photos!


  • July 7, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    The Wimpy Vegetarian - This just screams summer to me. I think so many of us are on the same page right now – needing to exhale, relax, be ‘agendaless’ for a day, or for a week or two. Congrats on Top 9!!ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    Chef Dennis - Great advice Brian, we all need to take time to relax and enjoy life. I think too many people forget that we work to live, not the other way around.
    Love those roasted tomatoes, and the burrata was a perfect choice to accompany them!ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 11:28 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - I totally agree with you, Brian. For the first time in as long as I can recall, I “unplugged” for a few days earlier this week and it really was amazing and completely necessary. So glad you and E are able to enjoy that time together and appreciate life. This recipe looks amazing, simple and flavourful. It reminds me of what I grew up eating with my Mom & Dad. xoReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    Amy @ fragrantvanillacake - This sounds amazing! Burrata is uniquely rich, and it would be so perfect with the flavorful roasted tomatoes and pesto! What a wonderful dish to enjoy out on the patio in the summer ;)!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    MikeVFMK - Simple is so often better. But not just better, more like brilliant. The flavours would create a taste familiar and welcome. And i’m glad you two have taken some time to connect by disconnecting, choosing instead the company of each other and foods like this. Happy summer indeed.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    amelia from z tasty life - there is something about reading “the actual paper” and “idling” that definitively builds up our immune system. This lunch is EXACTLY what I would be eating on a lazy dayReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Cara - I love that you’re grabbing relaxation by the horns: go go go! Doesn’t hurt that your burrata + tomato + pesto + baguette is the most beautiful lunch.ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    Liren - The actual paper? Ah, that in itself is bliss. To feel it in your hands, to skillfully fold it so you can read an article at your leisure! Ah. But to be at the cape and allowing yourself time to decompress, that is a wonderful luxury, and you deserve to pamper yourself. Hope you both had a relaxing time.

    Burrata and roasted tomatoes, my goodness, there’s nothing better!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    Shari - gorgeous! Your photos are incredible!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    sp - This is a great recipe for vegans as well. I cannot wait to prepare and eat it. Yum, thank you much!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    brandi - roasted tomatoes are my candy, all summer long. and then i freeze them for fall/winter/spring because i can’t get enough. i love how simple and gorgeous this is.ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2012 - 8:12 am

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnn!. . . I LOVES me some Burrata! (especially when it’s combined with Pesto, Tomato, and bread.

    ¡Viva Cape Cod!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    Joan - This…I could eat every day.ReplyCancel

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  • January 24, 2013 - 2:32 am

    Order in the Kitchen - This looks so easy to make and scrumptious! 6 steps and it’s ready? I think I could eat this all day, especially a day of just relaxing! I rarely get those so I understand the feeling but sometimes those days of really doing almost nothing are the best, and the next day you wake up feeling totally different!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    Ed Batzer - Many thanks a bunch for posting!ReplyCancel

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    Healthy Green Kitchen Quick Tomato Sauce + 50 More Tomato Recipes » Healthy Green Kitchen - […] Roasted Tomatoes with Burrata and Pesto (A Thought for Food) […]ReplyCancel