fresh chive recipe – baked grape tomatoes with chives

I leaned against the doorway watching my grandmother sleep not sure whether to disturb her.  The dark afternoon sky barely lit her room, casting shadows over the carefully placed family photos. Snapshots of other times. Times when she was young.

She stirred.

“Hi Nan.”

Slowly, she turned her face towards me. She said several names before she found mine.

I sat on the edge of her bed, holding her hand. Today wasn’t a talking day.

We sat quietly, letting our time together be what it was: a granddaughter with her grandmother comfortable in the silence.

Chives are ready to be snipped! If you’re lucky enough to have your own patch, they’re at their very best now – young and tender. Chives are the easiest herb of all to grow. Plunk them in the ground and you’re good to go for years to come.

Preheat oven 450*F

2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh chives

Oven Baked Grape Tomatoes with Fresh Chives


Toss tomatoes with olive oil.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast until tomatoes are browned on bottom and the tomatoes begin to explode, about 15 minutes.
Toss with chives.
Serve immediately, at room temperature or cold

THE LOVE: This is one of those ‘food gift’ dishes that lends itself to all sorts of possibilities. Serve it alone, spooned over grilled chicken or fish or toss it with pasta. However it’s served, the taste is fantastic!

one year ago: rhubarb crisp

two years ago: lemon thyme ice cream

three years ago: rhubarb cobbler

Fresh Chives

Thanks for reading.

  • I met your Nan the last time I was visiting my grandmother at the nursing home, Michelle. She was exuberant and joyous – she told me that she was proudly expecting the fourth generation (Meaghan’s!) baby to arrive in the fall. We connected the dots, that I went to high school with Meagh and Kaitlin and she fawned over Esmé. It was lovely to meet her!

    • Michelle

      Hi Jess, what a small world we live in. Thank you so much for speaking with Nanny. She loves children! It would have made her day to meet Esme.

  • Debbie

    Thank you for your insights and of course, your love for food. I am experiencing similar moments in life as you and relate to your blogs so well. Two grown boys in their mid 20’s, grandmother who is 92 and didn’t recognize me right away the last time I visited. She is why I cook and garden and love the simple things in life, such as showing my love for others through food. I feel her slipping away a little farther every visit, but I know I have a lifetime of her love to reflect on and to learn from. Feeling blessed… Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    • Michelle

      So beautifully put…Thank you for your thoughtful comment. You made my heart swell!

  • meggie

    It’s always hard to see the people we love and always thought of as such warriors getting older. But I think this was a beautiful moment for nanny, even with confusion it would have made her day to have a visit. Love you mama xo

    • Michelle

      She can’t wait to see you! Shes asks me about the three of you [Sara and Kaitie] every time I visit. And never forgets Theo… How many more sleeps?? xo