Israeli Couscous with Summer Vegetables and Caramelized Tomato
Israeli Couscous with Summer Vegetables and Caramelized Tomato/ Courtesy Alfred A. Knopf
Hurricane Katrina happened at the end of August, a moment when a bounty of summer vegetables was available as we landed in North Carolina. This dish capitalizes on them with all the nourishment of comfort food, the kind of thing we sorely needed after evacuating New Orleans. Toasting the tomato paste, as Safta taught me, adds a complex sweet-savory flavor—that one little technique is a trusted friend that I’ve relied upon through the years. Ingrained in my muscle memory and etched into my cooking, it made me feel she was with us in the kitchen during that crazy time.