Friday, August 30, 2013

The World According to Bella

My Lost Dinner story got published in the Wonderful Women's Network, Rockport, Texas 
check it out
Love, Bella

We are on what I call a " tomato run." Each day as more tomatoes ripen I am trying to be creative thinking up ways to use them. Since tomatoes are at their peak I am looking ahead at salsa recipes and making a tomato basil tart. 
Yesterday was easy using up some of the cherry tomatoes for an hors d' oeuvres to bring to a neighborhood gathering.
Tomato Pesto Petites 
Cook's notes: I posted this recipe last Spring but it is worth repeating since it;s easy to put together and assembles quickly.
  • focaccia bread
  • prepared pesto mix in a jar (on shelf) not from dairy section
  • Colby-Jack cheese
  • smoked turkey
  • cherry tomatoes 
  • romaine lettuce
  • cut bread in half and then cut each half again
  • slice open
  • spread thin layer of pesto on one side 
  • add cheese and turkey 
  • half piece romaine lettuce 
  • put top on and slice that quarter section into thirds
  • top with a cherry tomato
Tomato Basil Parmesan Cheese Side
Cook's notes: recipe serves 2-3 
  • sliced tomatoes
  • fresh torn basil leaves
  • parsley flakes
  • Parmesan cheese
  • prepared zesty Italian dressing
  • slice tomatoes and sprinkle with dried parsley flakes and torn fresh basil leaves
  • grate Parmesan cheese over the top
  • chill and right before serving add a drizzle of Italian dressing  
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Cook's notes: recipe adapted from 
serves 4
  • 1 LB. mixed fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Feta cheese with Basil and Tomato or fresh mozzarella cheese balls cut in half
  • 3 TB. each fresh basil and parsley
  • prepared Tuscan House Dressing-just a TB or two 
  • salad can be made ahead but add in cheese just before serving  

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